Solving what matters. Where it happens.
Solving what matters. Where it happens.
The Sienko Research Group is a talented multidisciplinary lab developing and using novel methodologies to create technological solutions that address pressing societal needs at the intersection of health care and engineering.
Roles of prototypes during design
Autonomous vehicles

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Sensory garments with vibrotactile feedback for monitoring and informing seated posture

Barone, V. J., Yuen, M. C., Kramer-Bottiglio, R., Sienko, K. H., “Sensory garments with vibrotactile feedback for monitoring and informing seated posture”, Proceedings of 2019 2nd IEEE International Conference on Soft Robotics (RoboSoft), April 14-18, 2019, COEX, Seoul, Korea, accepted.

Practitioner prototyping research by Ilka Rodriguez-Calero and Marianna Coulentianos accepted for presentation at the 2020 Design of Medical Devices Conference

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Kathleen H. Sienko

Arthur F. Thurnau Associate Professor, Principal Investigator

I am an Associate Professor in the Departments of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering and the director of the Sienko Research Group. My research focuses on the design, development, and evaluation of medical devices; design science; and engineering education. I have led efforts at the University of Michigan to incorporate the constraints of global health technologies within engineering design at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and have established field sites in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia at which numerous devices have been conceptualized and refined in collaboration with local stakeholders. I am the recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER Award, and I hold a doctoral degree (Ph.D. 2007) in Medical Engineering and Bioastronautics from the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology (HST) program, an S.M. (2000) in Aeronautics & Astronautics from MIT, and a B.S. (1998) in Materials Engineering from the University of Kentucky.

Kathleen H. Sienko

Kathleen H. Sienko

Arthur F. Thurnau Associate Professor, Principal Investigator
Marianna Coulentianos

Marianna Coulentianos

NSF Graduate Research Fellow
Grace Burleson

Grace Burleson

PEOPLE

Kathleen H. Sienko
Marianna Coulentianos
Grace Burleson

Kathleen H. Sienko

Arthur F. Thurnau Associate Professor, Principal Investigator

I am an Associate Professor in the Departments of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering and the director of the Sienko Research Group. My research focuses on the design, development, and evaluation of medical devices; design science; and engineering education. I have led efforts at the University of Michigan to incorporate the constraints of global health technologies within engineering design at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and have established field sites in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia at which numerous devices have been conceptualized and refined in collaboration with local stakeholders. I am the recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER Award, and I hold a doctoral degree (Ph.D. 2007) in Medical Engineering and Bioastronautics from the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology (HST) program, an S.M. (2000) in Aeronautics & Astronautics from MIT, and a B.S. (1998) in Materials Engineering from the University of Kentucky.

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