Alicia MacDonald is currently in her third year of Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Option at the University of Alberta. She is on track to complete her undergraduate degree in April of 2021. Her involvement with the BLINC lab began in Fall of 2018 when she completed a Dean’s Research Award in the lab through working on the mechanical optimization of an instrumented cup, which is used as prosthesis evaluation tool. Alicia has a strong passion for helping those less fortunate than herself and spends a couple hours a week volunteering in the Steadward Center for Personal and Physical Achievement at UofA. She is also fascinated with how robots and humans can interact and work together and due to this she has co-founded and is the current project manager of a student project group on campus that is designing and prototyping an industrial exoskeleton (UA Biomed).
Alicia’s work experience through the co-op program has provided her with leadership
opportunities and exposure to the construction industry. She enjoyed both experiences as she got to refine her leadership skills which served her well in the development of her student project group. Also, these experiences allowed her to develop a love for building things which can be translated from full scale polypropylene plants to prosthetic arms to industrial exoskeletons.
Beyond her volunteer work, schooling, and research with the BLINC lab and UA Biomed, Alicia enjoys running and travelling to exclusively warm destinations.