Alejandro F. Azocar is an engineer and scientist experienced in cross-functional projects spanning mechanical, electrical, and software, with a background in the biomedical and aerospace industries. Currently, he works on bionic exoskeletons and prostheses.
Alejandro holds a bachelor's degree in Aerospace Engineering from Texas A&M University and a master's degree in Biomedical Engineering from Northwestern University. He 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 controls—with applications in biomedical and autonomous systems.
Alejandro has received multiple awards for his research and communication. His bionic leg is currently on exhibition in Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry and was featured in Fast Company's 'Most Innovative', Discovery's Crash Test World, and Amazon's re:MARS. As an undergraduate, he won two regional AIAA paper competitions and was a finalist at two SciTech international paper competitions; recently, he placed second at the EMBC paper competition and was a finalist for both best hardware demonstration and the paper competition at BioRob.
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.
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.