In A Nutshell
Kathleen O'Donnell is designing new technology that goes beyond rigid, external exoskeletons to deliver innovative "exosuits" -- flexible, invisible robotics hidden inside ordinary-looking fabric to address mobility issues stemming from neurological disease.
Kathleen O’Donnell combines backgrounds in biomedical engineering and industrial design to drive development of engineering solutions for complex user scenarios. Her passion for infusing principles of human factors and user research into all stages of the development process for medical devices has driven her work as the program lead developing medical exosuits at the Wyss Institute at Harvard University. One of The University Network’s “Women ‘Killin’ It’ In Robotics," Kathleen has been recognized for her team’s efforts to translate robotic exosuit technology to the clinic. The exosuit is designed to provide mechanical assistance embedded textile garments to improve walking function for patients recovering from stroke. In collaboration with ReWalk Robotics, Kathleen and her team are currently working to mass-produce the exosuit design for use in physical therapy clinics.
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