Paving His Own Path

Brendan Quinlivan '14 PhD Student at Harvard

"Olin really allowed me to explore my own interest and pave my own path. Through course projects, independent studies, research with faculty, and summer internships I was able to gain valuable experience that helped me decide what career path I wanted to take."

During his tenure at Olin Brendan solidified his interest in mechanical engineering after serving as a research assistant two summers in a row working under Professor Conor Walsh at Harvard University. His research began with Dr. Walsh at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering and continued in Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Science. Today he is a PhD student in mechanical engineering at Harvard where he is conducting research on wearable robotics in the Harvard Biodesign Lab. His research focuses on the development of a soft exosuit for gait assistance. Brendan is a Goldwater Scholar, has received an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship for his studies at Harvard and was a gold medalist in the international University Physics Competition in 2013.

Check out this great story "A Robot that Walks the Walk" about Brendan's exosuit research, he is right in the middle of the breakthrough research that can provide “muscular assistance” to everyone from soldiers to stroke victims.