James Austin graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering (Honours) and a minor in Biomedical Engineering from McGill University in 2013. He is currently pursuing a Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering under the co-supervision of Dr. Carey and Dr. Hebert. James completed his undergraduate thesis at McGill in the domain of aerospace mechatronics; after graduating, he spent two years working as part of the mechanical design team at MDA Satellite Systems. He has always been fascinated with the application of engineering to biological contexts, and aspired to do research in a field that combined his interests in biomedical technology with his experience in mechanical engineering and design. At the BLINC laboratory, James hopes to help advance upper-limb prosthetic control by investigating possible applications from the fields of reinforcement learning and pattern recognition.