A passion for wearable robotics

The unique offerings of VU’s sports engineering degree led Jasmine Proud to research the development of assistive technology.

For many years I worked as a graphic designer in advertising. I loved the creativity but felt that there was some missing element to my life. It took me a while but I figured out what it was…the ability to make a genuine impact on the lives of people. Around this time I discovered the world of wearable robotics and this became a passion that has fed into my current research.

I chose VU because it was the only university offering a degree in sports engineering. There is no other course that looks at electrical and mechanical engineering, then adds in biomechanics and technology for human applications.

During my studies I completed work placements at 2Mar Robotics, where I developed my love of robotics, and at Enable Development, where I learnt about tech-based solutions to accessibility problems faced by people with disabilities.

VU has offered me some great opportunities, like participating in a study tour at Sheffield Hallam University in the UK, being named the Most Outstanding Student for my first year in 2013, and receiving the Deans Scholar Award 2016 for my masters. I believe all of these achievements were due to the support and encouragement of my lecturers and tutors."

Courses studied

  • Bachelor of Engineering Science (Sports Engineering), not currently offered
  • Masters by Research

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