Present: Assistant Professor
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Arizona State University,Tempe, AZ
Present: Graduate Faculty
Department of Bioengineering, Arizona State University,Tempe, AZ
Biomechatronics Laboratory, Arizona State University,Tempe, AZ
April 2007 - Aug. 2008: Postdoctoral Research Associate
A.E. Mann Institute for Biomedical Engineering, University of Southern California,Los Angeles, CA
Advisors: Gerald E. Loeb (primary) and Rahman Davoodi
- Developed a novel biomimetic tactile sensor for prosthetic and mechatronic hands.
- Designed a testbed for developing controllers for prosthetic fingertips.
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Advisors: Francisco J. Valero-Cuevas (chair), Carlos D. Bustamante,
Donald L. Bartel, Mark Campbell
"A Bayesian Approach to Biomechanical Modeling: A Treatise on the Human Thumb" (Abstract)
2004: M.S. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
2000 - 2001: R&D Engineer (2/01 - 6/01), Quality Engineer (2/00 - 2/01)
Guidant Corporation-Vascular Intervention, Santa Clara, CA
Designed and tested coronary stent delivery systems.
1999: B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with Music minor
University of California, at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
Honors and Awards
Selected as one of the ASU Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering Top 5% Teaching Award recipients (2012)
Selected as a Lindseth Lecturer by the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University (2012)
Selected attendee, National Academy of Engineering Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium (2010)
National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Program CAREER Award (2010-2015)
National Institutes of Health Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award for Individual Postdoctoral Fellows (declined in order to accept appointment as Assistant Professor at Arizona State University, 2008)
Archival Journal Articles
Ponce Wong, R.D., Posner, J. D., and Santos, V. J. "Flexible microfluidic normal force sensor skin for tactile feedback." Sensors and Actuators A: Physical. In press.
Keenan, K., Santos, V. J., Venkadesan, M., and Valero-Cuevas, F. J. "Maximal voluntary fingertip force production is not limited by movement speed in combined motion and force tasks." J Neurosci 2009:29(27):8784-8789.(pdf)
Santos, V. J., Bustamante, C., and Valero-Cuevas, F. J. "Improving the fitness of large-scale biomechanical models via data-driven stochastic exploration." IEEE Trans Biomed Engin 2009:56(3):552-64. (pdf)
Wettels, N., Santos, V. J., Johansson, R. S., and Loeb, G. E. "Biomimetic tactile sensor array." Advanced Robotics 2008:22(8):829-849. (pdf)
Santos, V. J. and Valero-Cuevas, F. J. "Reported anatomical variability naturally leads to multimodal distributions of Denavit-Hartenberg parameters for the human thumb." IEEE Trans Biomed Engin 2006:53(2):155-163. (pdf)
Miller, A. T., Allen, P., Santos, V. J., and Valero-Cuevas, F. J. "From robotic hands to human hands: A visualization and simulation engine for grasping research." Ind Robot 2005:32(1):55-63. (pdf)
Archival Conference Proceedings Articles
Hellman, R. and Santos, V. J. "Design of a back-driveable actuation system for modular control of tendon-driven robot hands." Proc. IEEE RAS/EMBS Intl Conf on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics, Roma, Italy, June 24-27, 2012.
Fishel, J. A., Santos, V. J., and Loeb, G. E. "A robust micro-vibration sensor for biomimetic fingertips." Proc. IEEE Intl Conf Biomed Robotics and Biomechatronics, Scottsdale, AZ, Oct. 19-22, 2008. (pdf)
Wettels, N., Smith, L. M., Santos, V. J., and Loeb, G. E. "Deformable skin design to enhance response of a biomimetic tactile sensor." Proc. IEEE Intl Conf Biomed Robotics and Biomechatronics, Scottsdale, AZ, Oct. 19-22, 2008. (pdf)
Peer-reviewed Conference Proceedings Abstracts
De Gregorio, M., Bair, K., and Santos, V. J. "Characterizing reflexive grip responses to rotational perturbations of an object in precision grasp." Proc Robotics: Science and Systems Conf, Seattle, WA, June 28-July 1, 2009. (pdf)
Selected Invited Presentations