Joel Sadler

Joel's Phd research at Stanford explores how to enhance creativity and prototyping of "Smart Wearable Medical Devices", with embedded sensing and actuation. In particular, his work focuses on how to allow technical novices to express their ideas more fluidly with modular electronic and software building blocks. His research combines clinical need finding, with HCI and mechatronics, to understand how we can more rapidly prototype functional smart devices that interface with the human body, and create data driven software interfaces.

His work is inspired by his prior experiences building wearable devices and Prosthetics. He is the primary inventor of the JaipurKnee Prosthetic that was recognized by Time Magazine as a top invention of 2009. Joel earned Mechanical Engineering degrees from MIT and Stanford, and has held industry positions in medical device design at Ethicon, and product design with Apple Computer. He most recently served as a lecturer and Fellow at the Stanford Design Institute (d.School) teaching Design Thinking.


TeamSense: A Modular Measurement and Feedback Platform for Understanding Engineering Design Team Dynamics

PI: Prof. Larry Leifer, PhD Abstract An increasing amount of work takes place in a team context, and there is a need to … > more

d.Modular: Enhancing a Novice Designer's Prototyping Self-Efficacy with Modular Electronic Prototyping Tools

PI: Riitta Katila Abstract Rough prototyping enables designers to rapidly iterate design concepts, gather feedback, and … > more

Design Thinking Health: telepresence for remote teams with mobile augmented reality

PI: Prof. Larry J. Leifer Abstract This research seeks to explore the application of design thinking for improved … > more

[Translate to Englisch:] d.Flex: A Modular Rapid Electronics Prototyping System to Increase Design Flexibility for Technical Novices

PI: Prof. Sakti Srivastava Abstract Tangible prototyping enables designers to rapidly iterate design concepts and gather … > more

ABRACA.D: A Study to Explore the Integration of Modular Electronics Prototyping with Computer Aided Design Tools (Stanford)

PI: Paulo Blikstein Abstract The prototyping tools of a rising Maker Movement are enabling the next generation of … > more