Our Team

The interdisciplinary SHARE Lab members who fuel our research projects

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Prof. Naomi Fitter

Assistant Professor

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Prof. Fitter leads the SHARE Lab. She is an Assistant Professor in the School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering at Oregon State University. She completed a Ph.D. in the University of Pennsylvania GRASP Lab and was a postdoc in the University of Southern California Robotics and Autonomous Systems Center.

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Brian Zhang

PhD Student

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Brian is a Ph.D. student in the SHARE Lab working on understanding and transforming robot sound. He arrived at Oregon State in 2018 after completing a B.S.E. in Mechanical Engineering and an M.S.E. in Robotics at the University of Pennsylvania. There, he worked in the ModLab and managed the STWing program.

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Ameer Helmi

PhD Student

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Ameer is a PhD student in the SHARE Lab. His undergraduate degree was in bioengineering at University of Illinois at Chicago. He worked at Epic for 5 years as a technical consultant and project manager. In the SHARE Lab, Ameer supports the workplace SAR and infant motion interventions projects.

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Mazdak Shadkam

PhD Student

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Mazdak is a PhD student in the SHARE Lab and an Iranian artist residing in Corvallis, Oregon. He teaches courses that blend STEM learning with artistic practice and researches SAR systems for supporting individuals with ADHD.

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Rhian Preston

PhD Student

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Rhian is an incoming PhD student in the SHARE Lab.

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Ryan Quick

MS Student

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Ryan Quick is a graduate student in the SHARE Lab pursuing wearable haptics research. He also completed undergraduate work at Oregon State University in mechanical engineering where he conducted research with Dr. Fitter and Dr. Grimm.

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Hannah Brown

MS Student

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Hannah is a MS student in the SHARE Lab working on wearable haptic devices. She completed her undergraduate at Purdue University and worked at Toyota Material Handling before joining us at OSU.

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Carson Gray

MS Student

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Carson is an incoming MS student in the SHARE Lab.

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Lilian Chan

Undergraduate Researcher

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Lilian is an undergraduate student in electrical engineering at OSU. She is working on developing emotional behaviors for the lab’s workplace SAR system.

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Christine Zhan

Undergraduate Researcher

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Christine is an undergraduate researcher working on robots for SAR interventions with young children.

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Emily Shannon

Undergraduate Researcher

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Emily is an undergraduate researcher working on robots for SAR interventions using deep pressure sensations.

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Paris Myers

Undergraduate Researcher

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Paris is an undergraduate student in the SHARE Lab on the robot comedy project, specifically studying equitable computer vision.

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Nick Stargu

Visiting Artist

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Nick is a musician, comedian, writer and filmmaker who works with us on our expressive robotics projects. He is best known for his multimedia / musical comedy act, DJ REAL, which has been featured at Comedy Central’s Colossal Clusterfest, San Francisco Sketchfest, and more. He has appeared on the TV show “Flophouse” on Viceland and as a host on NBC’s show “The Guest List” on Seeso. He was most recently an audio producer, composer and sound designer, previously at Audible’s scripted audio division.

Alumni

MS Students
  • Ashwin Vinoo: MS student 2018-2020.
Summer REU Students
  • Karina Puente: summer 2020 REU student from Texas Tech University.
  • Connor Phillips: summer 2020 REU student from Arizona State University.
  • Knut Peterson: summer 2020 REU student from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.
  • Megan Johnson: summer 2020 REU student from University of Arizona.
  • Caitlin Frazee: summer 2020 REU student from University of Pennsylvania.
  • Sam Brimhall: summer 2020 REU student from OSU.
  • Ella Bisbee: summer 2019 REU student visiting from Tufts University. Now at Ab Initio.
  • Luke Rush: summer 2019 REU student visiting from Goshen College. Now at Argonne National Lab.
Undergraduate Researchers
  • Joshua Phelps: summer 2020 undergraduate researcher from Brown University.
Visiting Artists
  • Aidan Phillips: visiting artist in 2019 from University of Pittsburgh.