Christopher Shallal is a Ph.D. student in Health Sciences and Technology at MIT. His research focuses on biomechanics, prostheses and improving the human-machine interface. He is also a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and Alfred P. Sloan 2021-2022 Scholar. Christopher received a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University. A double amputee himself, Christopher aims to advance academic diversity in the future by providing more educational opportunities for physically disabled students, especially in higher education by engaging them in research that involves rehabilitative robotics, prostheses, and other medical devices.