Dr. Kyle Winfree (Bio)
Assistant Professor

Graduate Students

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Jason Foster (EE – incoming Fall 18)
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Demetria Shepherd (EE – incoming Fall 18)
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Kaele Cooper (PT)

Undergraduate Students

Felicity Escarzaga
Felicity Escarzaga (ME)

Sophia Frohna (Inf)

Tianna Jordening (Psy/Eng)

Hannah Peterson (PubH)

Affiliated Students

Past Graduate Students

Micah Kurtz 2016 (EE)
Noah Oliver
Noah Oliver (ME)
Caitlin Barrett (CS)

Past Undergraduate Students

Sage Pasternacki 2017 (ME)
Dustin Branges 2018 (ME)
Kristen Shryack
Kristen Shryack 2018 (EE)
Chris Whitney 2018 (CS)

CS = Computer Science, EE = Electrical Engineering, ME = Mechanical Engineering, PT = Physical Therapy, Psy = Psychology, Eng = English, PubH = Public Health, Nur = Nursing

Prospective Students

So you want to join the lab? That’s great news. If you’re interested in research opportunities and any or all of the projects (on the project page) sound interesting to you, come by my office and visit. We’ll chat and see how to work out a research project for you. But don’t come ill-prepared. Here are some basic pre-requesities you should be ready to discuss.

  1. Are you motivated and able to work both independently and in groups?
  2. Are you ready to learn the skills you don’t already have, but will need as a member of the lab?
  3. Are you willing to document all that you do so that others can learn from what you have done and continue work on any projects you have been involved in?

Motivation is key to participating in the Wearable Informatics Lab. You will often work on your own, without supervision, for several days at a time. So you must be able to monitor your own use of time and meet self set deadlines.

Ready to Learn

I do not expect all students to come with all the skills needed to successfully contribute to lab research projects; you’re in school for the purpose of learning lots of things, including the ability to learn new skills. While lab members are encouraged to seek help from each other, you also cannot expect that others will have the time or resources to teach you all that you need to know. So be prepared to explore and study what you don’t already know.


Documentation is critical. Documentation does not have to be within the confines of the SVN commit log, but the ability to convey your ideas and processes in writing will be required. See points 2 and 1 for a better understanding of why documentation is so important.

The Skill Set

So then you might be wondering what kinds of skills lab members typically need, right? Well, it varies based on the research project of course, but here is a quick overview. You should be proficient in several of these and fluent at one or more of these:

  • Octave (Matlab)
  • R
  • Python
  • Solidworks
  • Arduino or MSP430
  • Soldering
  • LaTeX (MS Word is not a suitable substitute)
  • Creative Design
Ready to Apply?

Please see the two programs that can lead to a degree from my lab.

If you are considering applying to either of these programs, please contact me via email. I can help advise which might better suit your interests.