Parks Faculty

Jenna Gorlewicz, Ph.D.,<br/>Assistant Professor

Jenna Gorlewicz, Ph.D.,
Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor

(314) 977‐8185

Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering
Vanderbilt University

B.S. in Mechanical Engineering
Summa Cum Laude, Departmental Honors, Minors in Physics and Mathematics
Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville

Jenna L. Gorlewicz received her B.S. in mechanical engineering from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 2008, before pursuing her PhD in mechanical engineering at Vanderbilt University, where she worked in the Medical and Electromechanical Design (MED) Laboratory. At Vanderbilt, she was a National Science Foundation Fellow and a Vanderbilt Educational Research fellow.  Dr. Gorlewicz is currently a faculty member in the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at Saint Louis University. She is the director of the Intelligent Mechatronic, Haptic, and Robotic Systems (IMeHRS) Lab. Her research interests are in haptic and human-machine interfaces, medical devices and robotics, educational technologies, engineering education, and entrepreneurship. 

Dr. Gorlewicz’s research interests include electromechanical design, modeling and control, haptic interfaces, human-machine interfaces, medical systems, image-guided surgery, medical devices and medical robots, educational haptic devices and robots, novel learning technologies, haptic touchscreens, engineering education, and entrepreneurship.

Selected Publications:

  • J. L. Gorlewicz, L. B. Kratchman, and R. J. Webster III. Haptic paddle enhancements and a formal assessment of student learning in system dynamics. Advances in Engineering Education, 4(2):186-217, Fall 2014.
  • J. L. Gorlewicz, J. Burgner, T. J. Withrow, and R. J. Webster III. Initial experiences using vibratory touchscreens to display graphical math concepts to students with blindness. Journal of Special Education Technology, 29:2:17-25, 2014.
  • J. L. Gorlewicz, S. Battaglia, B. F. Smith, G. Ciuti, J. Gerding, A. Menciassi, K. L. Obstein, P. Valdastri, and R. J. Webster III. Wireless insufflation of the gastrointestinal tract. IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, 60(5), 1225-1233, 2013.
  • J. L. Gorlewicz, R. J. Webster III, and P. Valdastri. “Mesoscale Mobile Robots for Gastrointestinal Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS).” Medical Robotics Minimally Invasive Surgery. Number 51. Woodhead Publishing Ltd., 2012.
  • J. L. Toennies, G. Tortora, M. Simi, P. Valdastri, and R. J.Webster III. Swallowable medical devices for diagnosis and surgery: The state of the art. Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science, 224(C7):1397-1414, 2010.
  • A. Danilchenko, R. Balachandran, J. L. Toennies, S. Baron, B. Munske, J. M. Fitzpatrick, T. J. Withrow, R. J. Webster III, and R. F. Labadie. Robotic mastoidectomy. Otology and Neurotology, 32(1):11-16, 2010.
  • S. Baron, H. Eilers, B. Munske, J. L. Toennies, R. Balachandran, R. F. Labadie, T. Ortmaier, and R. J. Webster III. Percutaneous inner-ear access via an image-guided industrial robot system. Journal of Engineering in Medicine, 224(5):633-649, 2010.


The CHROME (Collaborative Haptics, Robotics, and Mechatronics) Lab is a laboratory in the Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Department at Saint Louis University. The overarching mission of the CHROME Lab is to engineer for the benefit of society. The CHROME Lab is a place where engineers work collaboratively with professionals to create new technologies that make the world a better place. In the CHROME Lab, we make fundamental advancements in the areas of haptics and human-machine interfaces, but also translate our work out of our lab, such that it can make a difference beyond our walls. Graduate and undergraduate students work side by side with medical professionals, experts in education, start-ups, and industry partners to bring about a better tomorrow. Our research is centered on how we can promote effective human-machine interaction in numerous applications including education, medicine, and consumer technologies. We are particularly interested in the role of haptics (touch) in enhancing existing interaction capabilities and promoting entirely new levels that currently are not possible.