Thomas Sugar works in the areas of mobile robot navigation and wearable robotics for gait assistance. He has bachelor’s degrees in business and mechanical engineering, and master’s in doctoral and mechanical engineering, all from the University of Pennsylvania. In industry, he worked as a project engineer for W. L. Gore and Associates. He has been a faculty member in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and the Department of Engineering at Arizona State University. His research focuses on compliant wearable robots using tunable springs.
Advancing Wearable Robotics SystemsDeveloping robotic orthoses and prostheses and wearable robots for enhanced mobility
Developing robotic orthoses and prostheses for rehabilitation, mobility, and assistance. Sugar also collaborates with Michael McBeath in psychology to understand perceptual principles that guide human navigation and locomotion.
His current research projects include SPARKy, Spring Ankle with Regenerative Kinetics, and PAFO, a powered ankle foot orthosis for stroke rehabilitation, and 4MM, a four minute mile exoskeleton.