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Amazon Robotics Graduate Fellowship

August 5, 2020

The Amazon Robotics Graduate Fellowship supports an outstanding WPI Robotics Engineering (RBE) PhD student with full tuition, a stipend for the academic year and two summer months, and one-year health insurance. Faculty advisors submit nominations of outstanding candidates, who are US citizens or Permanent Residents, for consideration. Nominations for female and underrepresented minority students are particularly encouraged.  

Katie Y. Gandomi is the winner of the 2020-21 Amazon Robotics Graduate Fellowship.  

Katie Gandomi entered the RBE PhD Program in 2018 and has been pursuing her PhD research in MRI-compatible surgical robotics and medical data science. Her research has been focused on modeling and control of thermal ablation of brain tumors and developing a model-based controller to identify a surgical robot’s motion profile during ablation to deliver the desired arbitrarily shaped dose pattern. The goal is to ensure complete eradication of a tumor while minimizing collateral damage and associated side effects. She was the first author of a recent publication that received the Best Paper award at the 2019 COSMOL Conference in Boston. She was a key member of the team presenting the MRI-compatible neurosurgery robot at the prestigious Hamlyn Symposium on Medical Robotics, where the work won the Hamlyn Symposium’s Best Application Award. Katie Gandomi earned both her BS and MS degrees in Robotics Engineering at WPI