Ann Majewicz

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
  • 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