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Dr. James Smith

James Andrew Smith received BSc and MSc degrees in Electrical Engineering at the University of Alberta in 1998 and 2001, respectively. In 2006 he completed a PhD in Mechanical Engineering at McGill University. His PhD focused on developing the world\\\\\\\'s first galloping robots. From 2006 to 2008 he conducted research on legged systems at the University of Jena\\\\\\\'s Lauflabor Locomotion Laboratory in Jena, Germany. In 2008 he joined Ryerson University in Toronto as an Electrical Engineering faculty member, specializing in Biomedical Engineering. His research interests include orthosis design, analysis and correction of pathological gaits, and legged robots.

Title:Assistant Professor
Organization:Ryerson University
University Website:http://www.ryerson.ca


Solid State Lighting for the Developing World

In this project, students learn how solid state lighting technology can improve the lives of people in the developing world, making their evenings more productive and safer. In the laboratory, the students design a portable, solar-charged, LED lamp that can provide two hours of reading light. In the process, they learn about basic circuits, the engineering design cycle, and light. They also compare the efficiency, durability, and cost of lighting technologies.

Manipulating Everyday Objects with Prosthetic Hands

In this project, students learn how prostheses that use robotic technology can improve the lives of people with disabilities. In the laboratory, the students use Lego Mindstorms NXT kits to create an artificial arm or hand that can lift small objects, such as a coffee cup. In the process, students discover and explore the following concepts and ideas: Hooke's Law, hysteresis, Newton's Second Law, accuracy and precision, rapid prototyping, and the relationship between the voltage applied to a motor and its speed.

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