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  • 2020 - Present: PhD, Mechanical Engineering, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
  • 2014 - 2018: B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Boston University, Boston, MA

Research Interests

  • Steerable Catheter Design, Modeling, and Control
  • Sensing Modalities for Endovascular Procedures
  • Mechanics Modeling of Flexible Rods
  • Medical Image Segmentation and Image-Guided Control


  • June 2018 - July 2020: Mechanical Engineer, Neocis Inc, Miami, FL
  • May 2017 - May 2018: Intern, Medtronic, North Haven, CT
  • May 2016 - May 2017: Intern, Medtronic, Boston, MA


  • J. Lawson, R. Chitale and N. Simaan, "Model-based Pose Estimation of Steerable Catheters under Bi-Plane Image Feedback," 2023 International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), London, UK, 2023 (Accepted)
  • C. Abah, J. Lawson, R. Chitale and N. Simaan, "Self-steering Catheters for Neuroendovascular Interventions," 2023 International Journal of Robotics Research (IJRR), 2023 (Submitted)