About me

I am a 5th year PhD candidate in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford and went to Dartmouth College for undergrad. Outside of school, I love climbing and spending weekends in Yosemite. More about me can be found here and here.

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Current Research

I am working on a project in collaboration with Intuitive Surgical Inc. on adding sensors to the end effectors of instruments for minimally invasive surgery. NOTE: I cannot mentor students on this project due to clearance requirements at Intuitive Surgical. I am more than happy to answer questions regarding research at Stanford.


Burkhard, N., Steger, R., Cutkosky, M.R., "Sensing slip of grasped wet, conformable objects," Accepted to IEEE IROS 2017.

Burkhard, N., Frishman, S., Gruebele, A., Whitney, J.P., Goldman, R., Daniel, B.L., Cutkosky, M.R., "A rolling-diaphragm hydrostatic transmission for remote MR-guided needle insertion," IEEE ICRA 2017 (pdf). Best Robotics Paper Finalist

Wu, X.A., Burkhard, N., Heynemann, B., Valen, R., and Cutkosky, M.R. "Contact Event Detection for Robotic Oil Drilling," IEEE/ICRA 2014, June 2014.

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