Mechanical engineering's Ames wins NSF CAREER Award for work on bipedal robots

Dr. Aaron Ames, assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University, has received the prestigious CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation.Dr. Aaron AmesAmes' research interests center around theoretic methods in dynamical, control and hybrid systems (and formulations thereof), with a special emphasis on applications of geometric and topological techniques to mechanical and robotic systems - and specifically bipedal robotic walkers.Ames recieved the 2010 NSF CAREER Award for his project, "Closing the Loop on Walking: From Hybrid Systems, to Bipedal Robots to Prosthetic Devices and Back."Ames received a B.S. in mechanical engineering and a B.A. in mathematics from the University of St. Thomas in 2001. He also received an M.A. in mathematics and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering and computer sciences from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2006. Ames was a postdoc at Caltech from 2006 to 2008 before joining the Texas A&M mechanical engineering faculty.