Conor Walsh

2016 Laureate, Applied Technology
Ireland, Born 1981

Project Goal

Develop soft robotic suits to help stroke victims walk again 

Location: Boston, United States

Conor Walsh is the John L. Loeb Associate Professor of Mechanical & Biomedical
Engineering at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and a Core Faculty Member at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University where, at the age of just 35, he heads the Harvard Biodesign Lab, which he founded in 2012.

Irish by birth (he was born on 22 September 1981) and education, with degrees in mechanical and manufacturing engineering from Trinity College, Dublin, Walsh was attracted to the field of robotics as a student, but finding it was not large in Ireland at the time, began to search further afield for opportunities.
He took his PhD in mechanical engineering at MIT before moving to Harvard to pursue a
stellar career in biologically-inspired engineering and wearable technology that has garnered over 30 professional and public awards and prizes, over a dozen patent applications and more than 100 scientific publications.
Walsh’s clinical co-investigators on the soft exosuit project are Dr Terry Ellis, Dr Louis Awad and Dr Ken Holt of Boston University and project leads Kathleen O’Donnell and Dr Ignacio Galiana of the Wyss Institute, in addition to a team of more than 20 diverse and talented individuals from his lab who operate at the leading edge of this novel field.

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