Faculty Profile: David Quintero

David Quintero, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering; Mechanical Engineering Graduate Coordinator

Discipline: Robotics & Controls

Office: SEIC 350

Email: qdavid@sfsu.edu

Research Lab Website: CARE Lab

Dr. David Quintero


Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas at Dallas

M.S.,  Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University

B.S.,  Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University

Research Interests

  • Robotics
  • Dynamic Modeling & Controls
  • Mechatronics
  • Prostheses & Orthoses Design
  • Rehabilitation Engineering
  • Human Biomechanics
  • Wearable Sensors


Dr. Quintero is the Director of the Controls for Assistive and REhabilitation Robotics Lab (CARE Lab) that has ambitious research goals to develop wearable robotic technologies (e.g., powered prostheses and exoskeletons) that allow people with mobility impairment such as amputation or stroke to regain their biomechanic motion they have lost or enhance mobility for humans with healthy conditions.  He and his research students investigate novel design approaches of hybrid wearable actuators & sensory systems and create human-machine control strategies for wearable robotic devices.  His previous research work entailed the mechanical design and real-time control of a robotic leg for above-knee amputees.  His research lab is continuing that work as well as advancing the design and control of powered exoskeletons for stroke patients.  He is a frequent reviewer for IEEE and ASME robotics and controls conference/journal publications.  He teaches mechatronics/robotics and controls courses at SFSU.  He is proud to serve as the faculty advisor to SFSU student organizations such as the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) and the Solar Electric Vehicle Team.

Lauren Gan was one of several students joining Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering David Quintero’s lab to work on an exoskeleton glove project under the guidance of a graduate student already in the lab. Now an SF State Mechanical Engineering major, Gan is continuing to work in Quintero’s lab doing independent research to optimize the group’s latest iteration of the exo glove. Their device provides structural support for patients with hand weakness due to injuries or disabilities like paralysis from spinal cord injury or stroke.