Nov. 21, 2016: Ben Conrad, a Ph.D. student in the UW Robotics Lab, has successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation. Ben's research has focused on the investigation of a new manipulator design concept known as Interleaved Continuum-Rigid Manipulation, with applications in minimally-invasive surgical procedures. His dissertation describes his work related to the design and control of this new class of manipulators. His research has resulted in two journal and three peer-reviewed conference papers. Please join us in congratulating Ben on his achievement and wishing him well in his life after his time in the REACH lab.