Cole Simpson

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Ph.D. Student

Collaborative Haptics and Robotics in Medicine (CHARM) Lab

Stanford University


About Me

I am currently a first-year PhD student at Stanford University studying mechanical engineering. After completing dual degrees in music from Emory University and mechanical engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, I continued on to a masters at Georgia Tech where I worked in human neurophysiology. In 2014, I was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and a Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship to work in the Biorobotics Lab at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL). There I helped design and conduct various experiments in human motor control and helped develop various mathematical models to explain the behaviors we observed. At Stanford, I am continuing this work to examine what goes wrong in individuals that suffer from stroke and how we can help to rehabilitate them.


  • M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology (2015)

  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology (2013)

  • B.A. Music, Emory University (2013)

Select Awards

  • National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship (2014)

  • Fulbright Scholarship (2014)

  • Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship (2014)

  • 3rd Place, Undergraduate Research Competition, World Congress of Biomechanics (2014)