Honors & Awards

  • Graduate Research Fellowship, National Science Foundation (2018-2023)
  • One-Year Graduate Research Grant, Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) - German Academic Exchange Service (2019-2020)
  • Centennial Teaching Assistant Award, Stanford University (Vice Provost for Teaching & Learning) (2019)
  • Research Award Semi-Finalist, Fulbright U.S. Student Program (2019)
  • Gilliam Fellowship for Advanced Study Finalist, Howard Hughes Medical Institute (2018)
  • Predoctoral Fellowship Honorable Mention, Ford Foundation (2018)
  • Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education (EDGE) Doctoral Fellowship, Stanford University (Vice Provost for Graduate Education) (2016-2018)
  • Bioengineering Departmental Award, Stanford University Bioengineering Department (2016-2018)

Education & Certifications

  • Master of Science, Stanford University, Mechanical Engineering (2018)
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Rhode Island, Biomedical Engineering (2016)
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Rhode Island, Spanish (2016)

Stanford Advisors


  • Heather Culbertson, Allison M. Okamura, Cara M. Nunez, Sophia R. Williams. "United States Patent pending under application #62/644330 Improved Haptic Devices to Create the Sensation of Continuous Lateral Motion", Mar 16, 2018

All Publications

  • Design and Analysis of Pneumatic 2-DoF Soft Haptic Devices for Shear Display IEEE ROBOTICS AND AUTOMATION LETTERS Kanjanapas, S., Nunez, C. M., Williams, S. R., Okamura, A. M., Luo, M. 2019; 4 (2): 1365–71
  • A Social Haptic Device to Create Continuous Lateral Motion using Sequential Normal Indentation Culbertson, H., Nunez, C. M., Israr, A., Lau, F., Abnousi, F., Okamura, A. M., Kuchenbecker, K. J., Gerling, G. J., Visell, Y. IEEE. 2018: 32–39