Nathan Usevitch joined the faculty of the BYU Mechanical Engineering Department in 2023. His research focuses on designing new types of robotic systems, with a focus on robots made from compliant materials and robots that directly interact with humans. Before BYU, Dr. Usevitch worked for Meta Reality Labs designing haptic gloves for virtual reality. He received a Master’s (2017) and PhD (2020) in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University. His PhD thesis was on soft, shape changing robots.