James Hermus is a PhD candidate in Mechanical Engineering and member of the Newman Laboratory under the direction of Professor Neville Hogan. His research investigates human physical interaction during circularly constrain motion–turning a crank. The focus of his work is to understand fundamentals about how humans manage physical interaction to improve rehabilitation and robotics. Originally from Wisconsin, he earned his bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering with an Honors in Research at the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 2016. During his undergraduate studies, he worked in the Neuromuscular Biomechanics lab of Professor Darryl Thelen where he helped in the design and testing of a novel sensor for measuring tendon stress. James is interested in research that will aid individuals with disabilities.