Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Selects MIE Alum Aaron Dollar as an IEEE Fellow
Alumnus Aaron Dollar, a Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science and Computer Science at Yale University, has been named a Fellow of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) “for contributions to dexterous grasping and manipulation.” Dollar, who earned his B.S. in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department at UMass Amherst, is the author of more than 95 refereed journal articles, 124 refereed conference papers, 60 contributed papers and abstracts, and he has four patents and applications. He earned his Ph.D. and S.M. degrees from Harvard University.
The IEEE Grade of Fellow is conferred by the IEEE Board of Directors upon a person with an outstanding record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest. The total number selected in any one year cannot exceed a tenth of one-percent of the total voting membership. IEEE Fellow is the highest grade of membership and is recognized by the technical community as a prestigious honor and an important career achievement.
In 2010, Dollar was recognized in the MIT Technology Review's TR35 list put out by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Among many other honors, he was the recipient of a NASA Early Career Faculty Award in 2014, a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Young Faculty Award in 2013, an Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Award in 2011, and a National Science Foundation CAREER Award in 2010.
Dollar serves as the lead investigator of the Yale GRAB Lab, which focuses on analysis, design, and control of compliant mechanisms. Dollar conducts research into robot manipulation, dexterous grasping and manipulation, upper-limb prosthetics, human grasping and manipulation, and assistive and rehabilitation devices, among other projects.
Dollar joined Yale in 2009. Since 2011, he has also served as a Rhode Island Research Associate without compensation at the Providence Veterans Affairs Medical Center. In 2014 and 2015 he was a visiting professor at the Brown University Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and in 2012 he served as a visiting professor in the Biorobotics Institute at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in Pisa, Italy.
Before serving at Yale, Dollar was a postdoctoral associate at the Harvard/MIT Health Sciences and Technology and MIT Media Lab. (February 2023)