Eric Wade is an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering. He has been at UT since 2013 and works in both biomedical and mechanical engineering.
Why this field?
As a child, Wade loved anime and giant robots, and he wondered why such machines hadn’t been developed and deployed by the military. Early on he sought out projects involving robotics, and a televised robotics competition when he was in middle school confirmed that he wanted to pursue the field further. His love of robotics now translates into his research: he develops mechanical and biomedical devices to aid in patient recovery.
Wade earned his bachelor’s degree in 2000, two master’s degrees in 2004, and his doctorate in 2007, all from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the Society for Neuroscience, the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, and the American Society of Neurorehabilitation.
Wade says his favorite pastime is to hang out with his wife, Araceli, and their pug, Dora. He also enjoys bicycling and used to play a lot of soccer.
He said his most interesting vacation was a trip to Bali for a friend’s wedding, noting that it was eye-opening to see the very clear and distinct separation between tourist areas and local spots. He added that he and his wife had honeymooned in Barcelona, Spain, which was another great memory.
Trips to Cinque Terra in Italy and Machu Picchu, Peru, are on his bucket list.
He also said he would like to do a solo skydive—something that would really challenge his natural fear of heights. He’s already done a tandem jump.
If he didn’t do this . . .
Wade said he’d love to have been a professional soccer player, but that a more realistic choice would be a job at a hospital. He said many hospitals now have dedicated engineers to work on health-related technology, and that being around patients and clinicians focused on improving health outcomes means a lot to him.
Favorite spot on campus
The lawn of Ayres Hall. He calls it a cool area that feels like a traditional college space, and he likes seeing all the activities that take place there.