Daniel Jacobs

Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering


Dr. Daniel A. Jacobs is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Temple University. Dr. Jacobs completed his Ph.D. in the Mechanical Enginering deparment of Stanford University working with Dr. Kenneth Waldron in the Robotic Locomotion laboratory. Previously, he worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Bioengineering with Dr. Scott Delp at Stanford University in the Neuromuscular Biomechanics laboratory and as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Kinesiology with Dr. Daniel Ferris at the University of Michigan Human Neuromechanics laboratory. His research interests are the design and control of powered wearable robots and sensors for assisting mobility and rehabilitation.


  • Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, 2013
  • M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, 2008
  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, 2005

Academic Appointments

  • Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Temple University, January 2017 - present
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, Kinesiology, University of Michigan, July 2013 - December 2016
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, Bioengienering, University of Michigan, January 2013 - June 2013

Recent Publications

  • D. A. Jacobs and D. P. Ferris, “Evaluation of a Low-Cost Pneumatic Plantar Pressure Insole for Predicting Ground Contact Kinetics,” J Appl Biomech, vol. 32, no. 2, pp. 215–220, Apr. 2016.
  • J. R. Koller, D. A. Jacobs, D. P. Ferris, and C. D. Remy, “Learning to walk with an adaptive gain proportional myoelectric controller for a robotic ankle exoskeleton,” Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation, vol. 12, no. 1, p. 97, Nov. 2015.
  • D. A. Jacobs and D. P. Ferris, “Estimation of ground reaction forces and ankle moment with multiple, low-cost sensors,” Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation, vol. 12, no. 1, p. 90, Oct. 2015.
  • D. A. Jacobs and K. J. Waldron, “Modeling Inelastic Collisions With the Hunt–Crossley Model Using the Energetic Coefficient of Restitution,” J. Comput. Nonlinear Dynam., vol. 10, no. 2, pp. 021001-1-021001-10, Mar. 2015.

Research Interests

  • Locomotion Dynamics
  • Design and Control of Orthotics and Prosthetics
  • Neuromechanics of Movement, Computational Biomechanics
  • Simulation of Human Movement