iian Black
iian Black – Lecturer

Office: 92M-B102
Phone Number: 805-756-0691
Email: iiblack@calpoly.edu


Dr. Black is a California native. He graduated with a degree in bioengineering at UC Berkeley in 1996 and worked a variety of jobs in teaching, medicine and a Berkeley start-up after graduation. In 2002, he moved to Washington, DC where he obtained a Masters in Biomedical Engineering at Catholic University of America and then worked for 8 years as an engineer at the National Rehabilitation Hospital where he developed exoskeletons and robotic systems for rehabilitation of stroke, spinal cord injury and other neurological conditions. His interest in prosthetic limb technology led him to pursue a PhD in Biomedical Engineering at the Florida International University in Miami, FL, where he developed neural interfaces for detecting motor signals in peripheral nerves that could be used to control advanced prosthetic limbs. After graduating in 2019, he worked in a lab at the University of Virginia, developed and taught hands-on courses in upper-limb prosthesis control and bioinstrumentation at the Catholic University of America, as well as a course in Mechanisms as Piedmont Virginia Community College in Charlottesville, VA. He recently joined Cal Poly as a full-time Lecturer in Biomedical Engineering. He and his wife have two kids and enjoy camping and spending time together at the beach.

Research Interests

Prosthetic Limbs
Innovative Mobility Device
Neural Interfaces