Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering, University of Toronto
Advisor: Dr. Tom Chau
Amanda received her Bachelor of Engineering in Biological Engineering from the University of Guelph in 2009. While completing her undergraduate studies, she had the opportunity to complete a design project for children with cerebral palsy and developed an interest in rehabilitation engineering. She subsequently received her Master's of Applied Science in 2011, studying fractal dynamics and their relation to motor difficulties in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Amanda is investigating the use of electronic textiles in rehabilitation for her PhD work. E-textiles are part of the rapidly growing field of wearable technology, but many potential applications in movement sensing and communication remain unexplored. Experiments are in progress to characterize the properties of different fabric-based sensors.
Amanda loves to travel and enjoys outdoor activities like hiking and cycling. She is passionate about young people in science and engineering and participates in various activities promoting science to youth.