Director, Mechatronics Robotics Research Lab
Co-Director, Elaine Marieb Center for Nursing and Engineering Innovation
Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Vanderbilt University – Nashville, TN
M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Vanderbilt University – Nashville, TN
B.S. with Honors in Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Dr. Frank Sup is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He is the Director of the Mechatronics and Robotics Research Lab and a Co-Director of the Elaine Marieb Center for Nursing and Engineering Innovation. His research focuses on developing human-centered mechatronic technologies for augmenting human performance and exploring the design and control space for enabling robots to fluently interact physically with humans. His teaching interests are focused on developing mechatronics and control curriculum and sustainable, hands-on interactive educational experiences for students. He received his graduate degrees in mechanical engineering at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN where he focused on the hardware and controller development of powered knee and ankle prostheses. He also served as a post-doctoral research associate in the Center for Intelligent Mechatronics at Vanderbilt University where he worked on developing balance enhancing reflexes for powered lower-limb prostheses. During his 2018-19 sabbatical, he served as a Principal Scientist at the Honda Research Institute in Tokyo, Japan studying teleoperation and human-humanoid interaction and was a Visiting Scholar at TU-Darmstadt.