Meet our fellows

2021 – 2022

Tyler Clites, PhD

Tyler Clites is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at UCLA, with joint appointments in Bioengineering and in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine. His research in rehabilitation and augmentation technology is focused on synchronizing the efforts of surgeons and mechatronic engineers to enable co-development of body and machine, in pursuit of bionic performance that is superior to what is possible with mechatronics alone. He carried out his doctoral research in the Biomechatronics Group at the MIT Media Lab, where he led the development of the Agonist-antagonist Myoneural Interface (AMI), a novel technique for limb amputation surgery to improve the neural and mechanical interfaces between persons with amputation and their prosthetic devices. Tyler was named to the 2018 Forbes 30 Under 30 List in Healthcare and was honored as one of the Boston Globe’s 2018 STAT Wunderkinds. His research has been featured at TED, on the front page of the Boston Globe, in the New York Times, and on 60 Minutes, Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, and CNN. Tyler received his PhD from the Harvard/MIT program in Health Sciences and Technology and a BS in Biomedical and Mechanical Engineering at Harvard University.