Michael (Rory) Dawson, M.Sc., P.Eng. (Research Engineer)

Rory is the lead research engineer in the BLINC Lab, and is appointed to the department of Medicine – Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Alberta.

Rory directly drives and coordinates the engineering projects in the lab related to prosthetics and orthotics including design of training tools, sensory feedback systems, and research platforms. Rory plays a key role as an interface between research at the University of Alberta and clinical implementation at the Glenrose ensuring technologies are clinically relevant and translatable. His research interests include 3D printing, robotics, and device design as well as motor, sensory, and machine learning.


  • Lead Research Engineer – BLINC Lab, University of Alberta


  • The Myoelectric Training Tool (MTT)
  • The Bento Arm
  • Sensory Feedback Systems
  • BLINCdev.ca


View Rory’s MSc thesis here.