My name is Tess and I am currently a PhD candidate in robotics engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Insitute in Worcester, Massachusetts. I got my undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering then switched to robotics for my master's degree. After working in the industry for a couple of years, I returned to academia to pursue research in assistive and rehabilitative robotics. I am passionate about involving the patient, their caregiver, and clinicians in the design and testing process, and I believe that human movement studies and user studies are critical to maxmizing the impact of medical robotics. Some of my current research includes studying brain activation during hand exoskeleton use and exploring the effects of different user control mechanisms on neurorehabilitation. Outside of the lab, I enjoy reading, art, and hanging out with my cat, Billy!