December 17, 2015

At the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab, Robert Armiger is focusing on improving the lives of U.S. service members.

To date, Armiger and his team have used modeling techniques to predict injuries in military vehicles that endure explosions. He has also developed advanced prosthetics, navigation tools for computer-assisted surgeries and even a controller-free version of Guitar Hero that amputees (both military and civilian) can use in rehabilitation.

It was no surprise, then, when the Maryland Academy of Sciences at the Maryland Science Center selected Armiger for the 2015 Outstanding Young Engineer Award in the non-academic sector. Established in 1988, the award is meant to recognize and encourage the important work of young professional scientists and engineers residing in the State of Maryland, and increase public awareness of their accomplishments.

Bobby is the consummate engineer, said Andrew Merkle of APL, who submitted Armiger's nomination. He continues to significantly contribute technically, while managing a staff of more than forty engineers and scientists in the research department.

Armiger co-teaches a course in our Electrical and Computer Engineering program called Human Robotics Interaction, which has become so popular that there is already a waitlist for this spring.

To learn more about Armiger's important work, please watch this video that was produced by the Maryland Science Center.