Tue, Sep 12, 2023

1 PM – 2 PM PDT (GMT-7)

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Come and hear from Viterbi Alumnus, Nicholas Wettels, on his journey as a successful startup founder! Hear about the resources available to you at USC to promote innovation and entrepreneurship in your area of study!

Nicholas Wettels received his PhD in biomedical engineering from the University of Southern California in 2011. His dissertation focused on endowing prosthetic hands with human-like sensing capability and was funded through a NASA graduate fellowship from Johnson Space Center. Nicholas completed post-doctoral research studies at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory writing navigation software and designing grippers for a gecko-inspired space robot for the International Space Station.
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Nicholas Wettels

Senior Machine Learning Engineer

EMSI (Electromagnetic Systems Inc)


Nicholas Wettels is a researcher and entrepreneur in the robotics and electronics space. His goals are to devise and commercialize new robotic solutions commercial and government customers to foster better robotic manipulation, autonomy and signal processing.

Nick has written several Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) grant and other types of similar proposals. Nick is also a Navy Reserve Commander.

His research interests include: static and dynamic force sensing techniques, multi-fingered manipulation, reach and grasp controllers, sensor fusion (vision/ EM + tactile), object property extraction, machine learning.

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