Steven Collins-Mechanical Engineering - Carnegie Mellon University

Steven Collins

Adjunct Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Carnegie Mellon University
Mechanical Engineering
Scaife Hall 316
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-268-5222
Fax: 412-268-3348


Steve Collins is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. He is director of the Experimental Biomechatronics Laboratory, organizes the CMU Bipedal Locomotion Seminar, and teaches courses on Design and Biomechatronics.

Dr. Collins received his B.S. from Cornell in 2002, his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan in 2008, and performed postdoctoral research at T.U. Delft in the Netherlands until 2010 when he joined Carnegie Mellon.

He is a member of the scientific board of Dynamic Walking, a recipient of the American Society of Biomechanics Young Investigator Award, and the student-elected Department of Mechanical Engineering Professor of the Year.

Professor Collins uses a combination of mathematical models, experimental robots and biomechanics experiments to aid the design of biomechatronic devices for human rehabilitation, assistance, and augmentation. He collaborates with clinicians, medical doctors, and entrepreneurs to find opportunities for research with immediate applications. Professor Collins aims to design medical devices that will interface with patients to enhance their efficiency, stability, and overall performance in walking and running. He believes we can not only restore performance, but enable persons with disabilities to outperform their able-bodied counterparts.

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B.S. 2002, Cornell University
M.S. 2004, Ph.D. 2008, University of Michigan
Post-doc, T.U. Delft

Selected Publications and Proceedings