WearRA Solutions & Partners

Exoskeletons Just Work™

Conferences

Created and/or collabored on 13 conferences focused exclusively on exoskeleton and wearable robotics technology.

Innovation Challenge

Distributed over $40,000 in Innovation Challenge Awards prizes to students and startup companies.

Mission

Link academic and industrial professionals, industry, government, and entrepreneurs in to develop and grow the wearable robotics industry.

Exoskeleton Catalog

Searchable listing of over 120 wearable devices on the Exoskeleton Report website. Filter down by type and category. Catalog

Directory

Directory of relevant exoskeleton and wearable robotics companies and organizations on the Exoskeleton Report. Directory

Events Calendar

Calendar of relevant competitions, conferences, webinars, meetings and other events relevant to exoskeletons and wearable robotics. Calendar

Our Executive Leadership and Team

The people behind the organization.

Tom Sugar Executive Director WearRA Wearable Robotics Association
Thomas Sugar, PE, PhDExecutive Director

Dr. Sugar is a Professor in the School of Manufacturing Systems and Networks, part of the Ira. A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. He started the Human Machine Integration Laboratory in 1999. He is currently developing wearable leg exoskeletons that assist a person to walk and run. These systems seamlessly transition between walking and running. The lab projects have involved the development of advanced compliant actuator concepts, cutting-edge prosthetics for amputees and energy harvesting from a walking. Dr. Sugar received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.

Tom Sugar Executive Director WearRA Wearable Robotics Association
Thomas Sugar, PE, PhDExecutive Director

Dr. Sugar is a Professor in the School of Manufacturing Systems and Networks, part of the Ira. A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. He started the Human Machine Integration Laboratory in 1999. He is currently developing wearable leg exoskeletons that assist a person to walk and run. These systems seamlessly transition between walking and running. The lab projects have involved the development of advanced compliant actuator concepts, cutting-edge prosthetics for amputees and energy harvesting from a walking. Dr. Sugar received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Marisol Barrero, CPEDirector, Safety Applications

Ergonomist & Technology Champion - Director at WearRA, Co-Founder of AExG. Ergonomics Technical Director at Liberty Mutual, with past experience at Toyota and Amazon Web Services. Marisol previously worked Amazon Web Services (AWS) as Global Ergonomics Manager in August 2021. Previously she worked for Toyota Motor North America Safety Group for almost 15 years. Most recently she managed the development and integration of safety-related technology and innovations across North American operations, which is a unique role that she started at Toyota. Before that she held the position of Regional Ergonomics Manager, where she managed a team of ergonomists to support Toyota’s 15 North American manufacturing facilities. Prior to Toyota, Marisol worked as an ergonomics consultant with Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Group and Humantech, as well as a researcher with the National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH). She received her B.A. and M.S. from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. She has been a Certified Professional Ergonomist since 2006. Marisol is involved in several external organizations. She is the co-founder and current Board member of the Automotive Exoskeleton Group (AExG), which is sponsored via the Wearable Robotics Association. She sits on the ASTM Exoskeleton Center of Excellence Research & Development Committee and is a member of F48, the first external standard on exoskeletons and exosuits. She is a regular speaker at various safety and technology conferences including Applied Ergonomics Conference, National Ergonomics Conference, and Enterprise Wearables Technology Summit. She is also a member of F48, the ASTM standards committee on exoskeletons and exosuits.

Marisol Barrero, CPEDirector, Safety Applications

Ergonomist & Technology Champion - Director at WearRA, Co-Founder of AExG. Ergonomics Technical Director at Liberty Mutual, with past experience at Toyota and Amazon Web Services. Marisol previously worked Amazon Web Services (AWS) as Global Ergonomics Manager in August 2021. Previously she worked for Toyota Motor North America Safety Group for almost 15 years. Most recently she managed the development and integration of safety-related technology and innovations across North American operations, which is a unique role that she started at Toyota. Before that she held the position of Regional Ergonomics Manager, where she managed a team of ergonomists to support Toyota’s 15 North American manufacturing facilities. Prior to Toyota, Marisol worked as an ergonomics consultant with Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Group and Humantech, as well as a researcher with the National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH). She received her B.A. and M.S. from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. She has been a Certified Professional Ergonomist since 2006. Marisol is involved in several external organizations. She is the co-founder and current Board member of the Automotive Exoskeleton Group (AExG), which is sponsored via the Wearable Robotics Association. She sits on the ASTM Exoskeleton Center of Excellence Research & Development Committee and is a member of F48, the first external standard on exoskeletons and exosuits. She is a regular speaker at various safety and technology conferences including Applied Ergonomics Conference, National Ergonomics Conference, and Enterprise Wearables Technology Summit. She is also a member of F48, the ASTM standards committee on exoskeletons and exosuits.

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Urs Schneider Executive Director Europe picture from LInkedIn 2024 WearRA Wearable Robotics Association
Urs Schneider, MDExecutive Director, Europe

Dr. Schneider is recognized internationally as an expert in exoskeleton and prosthetics and orthotics technologies and biomechatronic research in respect to protection and treatment of the human musculoskeletal system. He has served in a variety of leadership roles in prosthetics & orthotics, rehabilitation and exoskeleton research committees in Europe and US. He serves as Director of the Health Technology Division at Fraunhofer IPA in Stuttgart and manages the Biomechatronics Department. Dr. Schneider also serves as head of the Human Technology Interaction Department at IFF, University of Stuttgart and teaches biomechatronics at Stuttgart University. He is the initiator of WearRAcon Europe and the Exoworkathlon study format, working closely with the Wearable Robotics Association leadership.

Urs Schneider Executive Director Europe picture from LInkedIn 2024 WearRA Wearable Robotics Association
Urs Schneider, MDExecutive Director, Europe

Dr. Schneider is recognized internationally as an expert in exoskeleton and prosthetics and orthotics technologies and biomechatronic research in respect to protection and treatment of the human musculoskeletal system. He has served in a variety of leadership roles in prosthetics & orthotics, rehabilitation and exoskeleton research committees in Europe and US. He serves as Director of the Health Technology Division at Fraunhofer IPA in Stuttgart and manages the Biomechatronics Department. Dr. Schneider also serves as head of the Human Technology Interaction Department at IFF, University of Stuttgart and teaches biomechatronics at Stuttgart University. He is the initiator of WearRAcon Europe and the Exoworkathlon study format, working closely with the Wearable Robotics Association leadership.

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Borislav - Bobby - Marinov Wearable Robotics Association WearRA 400
Borislav "Bobby" MarinovDirector of Marketing

Impact involves getting results, influence is about spreading the passion you have for your work. Co-founder of the Exoskeleton Report (ExR) and a founding member of the ASTM International Exo Technology Center of Excellence (ASTM ET CoE).

Borislav - Bobby - Marinov Wearable Robotics Association WearRA 400
Borislav "Bobby" MarinovDirector of Marketing

Impact involves getting results, influence is about spreading the passion you have for your work. Co-founder of the Exoskeleton Report (ExR) and a founding member of the ASTM International Exo Technology Center of Excellence (ASTM ET CoE).

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Consider joining WearRA if you are interested in accelerating exoskeleton technology across North America, Europe and beyond!

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Join our growing team!Reach Out to Us!

Consider joining WearRA if you are interested in accelerating exoskeleton technology across North America, Europe and beyond!

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