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Thomas Sugar is an expert in mechanical engineering and wearable robotics to improve worker wellness and quality of life.

His research focuses on compliant wearable robots using tunable springs and pneumatic muscle actuators.

Sugar is the associate dean for Barrett, The Honors College at ASU Polytechnic and graduate program chair for engineering and manufacturing engineering in the Polytechnic School.

Prior to his career at ASU, he has worked with General Motors as well as W.L. Gore and Associates as a project engineer.

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People are getting foot, shoulder or hip injuries by doing specific, repetitive tasks. If we can meld the ability of the human to make judgments, and change and solve problems, but then working directly with the machine to lift things and move things, we are making them more successful, more happy.

— Thomas Sugar, ASU News