Austin Allison

Austin Allison

PhD Student

Northeastern University


Austin Allison is a first-year PhD student in bioengineering. His research interests will be predominantly focused on a next-generation robotic prosthetic hand. It will incorporate hyperspectral imaging sensors to infer material properties. Using this information, appropriate grasp mechanics can be selected by the hand, allowing for a greater amount of shared control between the user and the robot.

Fun fact: Austin took a dairy cow handling class senior year where they learned how to milk and judge cows, and toured a dairy with a robotic milking machine.


  • Affordable Spacer for Low-to-Middle-Income Countries. E. Jacobs, A. Allison, L. Harrison, T. Kasputis, S. Rodgers. Biomedical Engineering Society, Annual Meeting. Poster Presentation. Philadelphia, PA. October 2019

  • Creating a Bluetooth Vital Signs Monitor for Pediatric Patients in Low- and Middle-Income Countries. L. Harrison, A. Allison, S. Rodgers, E. Massetti, E. Helms, M. Foreman. Consortium of Universities on Global Health (CUGH), Annual Meeting. Accepted for Poster Presentation. March 2021 

  • Prosthetics
  • Grasp mechanics
  • Hyperspectral imaging
  • Material sensing
  • PhD - Bioengineering

    Northeastern University

  • B.S. - Engineering Science and Mechanics (Biomechanics), Minor in Biomedical Engineering and Minor in Mathematics

    Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)