Ann Majewicz Fey

Assistant Professor - Mechanical Engineering
Adjunct Assistant Professor - Surgery, UT Southwestern Medical Center
Tags: Electrical Engineering Mechanical Engineering Computer Engineering

Professional Preparation

PhD - Mechanical Engineering
Stanford University - 2014
MS - Mechanical Engineering
The Johns Hopkins University - 2011
BS - Electrical Engineering
University of St. Thomas - 2008
BS - Mechanical Engineering
University of St. Thomas - 2008

Research Areas

Surgical Robotics
Surgical Skill Assessment and Training


Majewicz, A., J. Siegel, A. Stanley, and A. M. Okamura. Design and Evaluation of Duty-Cycling Steering Algorithms for Robotically-driven Steerable Needles. In IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, 5883-5888 2014 - Publication
Majewicz, A. and Allison M. Okamura. Cartesian and joint space teleoperation for nonholonomic steerable needles. In World Haptics Conference (WHC), pages 395–400. IEEE, April 2013.  2013 - Publication
Majewicz, A., S. Marra, M. G. van Vledder, M. Lin, M. A. Choti, D. Y. Song, and A. M. Okamura. Behavior of tip-steerable needles in ex vivo and in vivo tissue. IEEE Trans Biomed Eng, 59(10):2705– 2715, October 2012.  2012 - Publication
K.B. Reed, Majewicz, A., V. Kallem, R. Alterovitz, K. Goldberg, N.J. Cowan, and A.M. Okamura. Robot-Assisted Needle Steering. Robotics & Automation Magazine, IEEE, 18(4):35–46, 2011.  2011 - Publication
M.G. Van Vledder, Majewicz, A., S.P. Marra, D.Y. Song, A.M. Okamura, and M.A. Choti. Robot- Assisted Steerable Needles: Prototype Development And Feasibility Studies In An Animal Model. Journal of Surgical Research, 165(2):175, February 2011.  2011 - Publication
Majewicz, A., J. Glasser, R. Bauer, S. M. Belkoff, S. C. Mears, and A. M. Okamura. Design of a haptic simulator for osteosynthesis screw insertion. In 2010 IEEE Haptics Symposium, pages 497–500. IEEE, March 2010.  2010 - Publication
Majewicz, A., T. R. Wedlick, K. B. Reed, and A. M. Okamura. Evaluation of Robotic Needle Steering in ex vivo Tissue. IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, 2010:2068–2073, May 2010.  2010 - Publication

Additional Information

Awards and Honors
  • NSF Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) Award
  • Featured Alumna from the University of St. Thomas in Promotional and Outreach videos. Meet Ann Majewicz Fey and We are Tommies - Ann Majewicz Fey. (Participated with permission from UTD)
  • 2017 Nominee for UTD Provost’s Award for Faculty Excellence in Undergraduate Research Mentoring
  • UTSW Clinical Scholar (Equivalent to NIH KL2 award, funded through UTSW Dean’s office and UTSW Center for Translational Medicine)
  • 2017 ASEE GSW Outstanding Young Faculty Award Nominee
  • Finalist for Best Paper Award, IEEE Haptics Symposium, April 2016
  • Invited participant, NSF Future Directions in Cyber-Physical Systems and Robotics Workshop (Sept. 23-24, Washington, D.C.)
  • National Science Foundation Student Travel Grant for IEEE ICRA in Hong Kong, China, June 2014
  • National Science Foundation Travel Grant for CPS Week in Berlin, Germany, April 2014
  • Best Poster Award at the National Science Foundation Early Career Professional Workshop on Exploring New Frontiers in Cyber-Physical Systems in Washington DC, March 2014
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Student Research Fellowship, 2009-2012
  • Alternate for Stanford Diversifying Academia, Recruiting Excellence (DARE Fellowship), 2012 
  • Army Research Office Travel Grant for IEEE ICRA in Anchorage, Alaska, May 2010 
  • Mechanical Engineering Departmental Fellowship (JHU), 2008
  • University of St. Thomas Dean‘s list, 2005-2008
  • Delta Epsilon Sigma Honors Society (UST), 2007-2008
  • Samuel Paine V-12 Scholarship (UST), 2007
  • SWE-MN Banner Engineering Scholarship, 2007
  • SWE-MN General Dynamics-AIS Scholarship, 2006
  • J.E. Povolny Engineering Scholarship (UST) , 2005

News Articles

Mechanical Engineer Perfecting the Performance of Surgical Robotics
Dr. Ann Majewicz Fey knows that nobody is perfect.

But with a five-year, $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Fey hopes she can help surgeons perform as close to perfect as possible in operating rooms.

Fey, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering in the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science at The University of Texas at Dallas, received an NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award for her project, Human-Centric Control for Teleoperated Surgical Robots. The goal is to build safer and more effective robots designed to interpret and react to the dynamic human operator.