Michael West is a second-year graduate student in Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research focuses on investigating how humans are able to manipulate complex objects in an effort to design better control algorithms for robots involved in physical interaction. Furthermore, a greater understanding of human motor control can lead to better rehabilitation techniques. Additionally, he has explored how humans are able to perceive underlying dynamics purely based on visual observation of kinematic motion. This work aims to better human robot-collaboration. He is also a MIT Office of Graduate Education Diversity Fellowship recipient, an Alfred P. Sloan Scholar, GEM University Associate Fellow, and a Ford Foundation Fellow. In 2018, Michael received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, from Yale University. He has been a passionate volunteer and mentor for students from underrepresented minorities through his work in STEM teaching and mentoring programs. This includes but is not limited to his positions as President of the National Society of Black Engineers Yale Chapter, Treasurer of the Academy of Courageous Minority Engineers at MIT, Program Leader for the MIT Summer Research Program, and Graduate Diversity Ambassador at MIT. Michael hopes to continue to support and guide students of all backgrounds, especially those underrepresented, towards STEM fields.