Avinash Uttamchandani '10

he / him / his

Visiting Assistant Professor of Engineering


Avinash Uttamchandani portrait


  • Olin College - BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering - 2010
  • Harvard University - MS in Electrical Engineering - 2015


  • Robotics, tactile sensing, embedded electronics, controls.

Avinash Uttamchandani (he/him) is an electrical engineer, roboticist, and educator.

He currently is doing robotics R&D at the Toyota Research Institute, focusing on soft, tactile sensing for robotics - specifically in applications that amplify, not replace, humans. Prior to that he has worked as both a freelance electrical engineer for electronics startups and was a Preceptor in Electrical Engineering and Design Thinking at Harvard's School of Engineering and Applied Science. Current work is focused on engineering custom embedded networking hardware to enable dense and multi-modal sensing in large robot systems, as well as developing novel soft tactile sensors.

Select Publications

Soft-bubbles grippers for robust and perceptive manipulation. Kuppuswamy, N & Alspach, A & Uttamchandani, A & Creasey, S & Ikeda, T & Tedrake, R. 2020 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems

Improving Design Competency in Introductory Engineering Courses within a General Education Requirement. Lombardo, C, & Faas, D, & Uttamchandani, A, & Hu, E. 2016 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition

Self-Directed Summer Design Experience Across Disciplines and the Globe. Lombardo, C, & Faas, D, & Uttamchandani, A, & Hu, E. 2015 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition