Zinn is an associate professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research interests are broadly directed at understanding and overcoming the design and control challenges of complex electro-mechanical systems with a primary focus on human-centered robotics. Zinn teaches Advanced Robotics, Dynamic Systems, and Control Systems, among other courses. He also directs graduate student research and advanced independent study. Prior to joining UW-Madison, he was Director of Systems and Controls Engineering at Hansen Medical where he helped to develop the world’s first commercially available minimally invasive flexible surgical robotic system. He also has more than 10 years of electro-mechanical system design and manufacturing experience in aerospace and high-technology industries. Zinn received his BS and MS from MIT and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.