Alejandro F. Azocar is a roboticist and scientist with experience in the biomedical and aerospace industries. He holds a bachelor's degree in Aerospace Engineering from Texas A&M University and a master's degree in Biomedical Engineering from Northwestern University. Alejandro is currently a Mechanical Engineering Ph.D. student at the University of Michigan, where he is developing an open-source bionic leg. His diverse education provides the platform for his interdisciplinary expertise: robotics, mechatronics, and human-machine interaction—with the goal of helping people with amputations, paralysis, and neurological injuries walk again.
As an undergraduate, Alejandro worked in the Land, Air, and Space Robotics Lab; Vehicle Systems and Control Lab; and the A&M Bipedal Experimental Robotics Lab. He also completed six internships at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. While earning his master’s degree, he joined the Center for Bionic Medicine at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab.
Alejandro has received multiple awards for his research and communication. As an undergraduate, he won two regional AIAA student paper competitions and was a finalist at two SciTech student paper competitions; recently, he placed second at the EMBC student paper competition and was a finalist for both best hardware demonstration and the student paper competition at BioRob. His bionic leg is currently on exhibition in Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry and will be featured at Amazon's re:MARS event.
In 2015, Alejandro received the Sigma Gamma Tau Ammon S. Andes National Award, recognizing him as the top aerospace engineering student in the United States. He is an NSF Graduate Research Fellow, GEM Associate Fellow, and NASA Aeronautics Scholar.