Ali Utku Pehlivan received the B.S. degree in mechatronics engineering from Sabanci University Istanbul, Turkey, M.S. degree in mechanical engineering from Rice University, Houston, TX. He is currently a final year Ph.D. student at the Mechanical Engineering Department, Rice University, Houston, TX as a member of Mechatronics and Haptic Interfaces (MAHI) Laboratory working under the advisory of Dr. Marcia O’Malley. His research interests include exoskeletal robotic device design, nonlinear control, robotic rehabilitation, mechatronics, and robotics.