Kathleen H. Sienko

Kathleen H. Sienko

Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, Principal Investigator

I am a 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.

PH.D. STUDENTS

Victor Le

Many of my research interests stem from my fascination with leveraging physiological data and machine learning for health applications. ...

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Many of my research interests stem from my fascination with leveraging physiological data and machine learning for health applications. A primary focus of my work is about how we can apply wearable technologies for informing risk, augmenting health monitoring, and preventing injury. Currently, I am a PhD candidate in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan. I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

Ilka Rodriguez-Calero

Ilka Rodriguez-Calero

My research interests are in prototyping, front-end design, stakeholder engagement, product design and development, and medical device design. I ...

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My research interests are in prototyping, front-end design, stakeholder engagement, product design and development, and medical device design. I am a Ph.D. candidate in Design Science and a Rackham Merit Fellow at the University of Michigan. I am also a facilitator at the Center for Socially Engaged Design at UM. I received my Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez (2016) and a Master of Science in Design Science from the University of Michigan (2019).

Safa Jabri

My research interests include biomechanics, rehabilitation and injury prevention. My research aims to utilize wearable technologies and data-driven approaches ...

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My research interests include biomechanics, rehabilitation and injury prevention. My research aims to utilize wearable technologies and data-driven approaches to create effective rehabilitation tools. I am currently a Ph.D. candidate in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan. I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in Controls, Instrumentation, and Robotics (CIT) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Sean Vincent Herrera

Sean Vincent Herrera

My research interests include design science, engineering education, and medical devices for low-resource settings. I am a PhD pre-candidate ...

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My research interests include design science, engineering education, and medical devices for low-resource settings. I am a PhD pre-candidate in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan. I also received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering at Auburn University.

Jamie Ferris

My research interests include the development of wearable technologies using data-drive approaches for the improvement of precision health and ...

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My research interests include the development of wearable technologies using data-drive approaches for the improvement of precision health and athletic training. I am currently a Ph.D. candidate in Mechanical Engineering and a MIDAS data science certificate program student at the University of Michigan. I received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy with a concentration in Applied Ethics from Santa Clara University.

Grace Burleson

Grace Burleson

My research interests include the design of technologies intended for economic and social development. More specifically, I study ways ...

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My research interests include the design of technologies intended for economic and social development. More specifically, I study ways design methodologies can incorporate the complex social, political, and economic systems in which engineered solutions are situated in. I am a Ph.D pre-candidate in Design Science and hold a dual MS in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Anthropology from Oregon State University. I have been an ASME Engineering for Change Fellow since 2017 and currently serve as the Director of Research & Innovation for the Mbale Center for Innovation and Design, MAPLE Uganda.

Nick Moses

Nick Moses

My research interests include design in cross-cultural and international settings, the role of intrinsic designer motivation in socially-engaged design, ...

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My research interests include design in cross-cultural and international settings, the role of intrinsic designer motivation in socially-engaged design, and engineering education. Currently, I am currently studying the ways that engineers engage with project stakeholders remotely. I am a Ph.D. pre-candidate in Design Science and hold a dual MS in Mechanical Engineering and Anthropology from Oregon State University. I also work with several organizations to design and manufacture improved institutional cookstoves in low- and middle-income countries.

Lucy Spicher

Lucy Spicher

My research interests include biomechanics and the development of wearable technologies for data-driven approaches in evidence-based clinical care. I ...

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My research interests include biomechanics and the development of wearable technologies for data-driven approaches in evidence-based clinical care. I am currently a Ph.D. pre-candidate in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan. I received dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Biomedical and Mechanical Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University.

POSTDOC RESEARCHERS

Christopher DiCesare

Christopher DiCesare

I have a long-standing interest in the prevention, mitigation, and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injury. My research generally focuses on ...

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I have a long-standing interest in the prevention, mitigation, and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injury. My research generally focuses on the application of data science and machine learning in human performance assessment, with a specific emphasis on neuromuscular training and feedback. As a postdoctoral fellow, my work is focused on the development of data-driven human movement assessment and feedback applications for the purpose of improving evidence-based clinical care.

ALUMNI

Michael Deininger, Ph.D.

Michael Deininger, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Engineering Design and Product Development, Technical University of Denmark

My research interest focuses on the use of prototypes during the medical device design process. I’m exploring methodologies to ...

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My research interest focuses on the use of prototypes during the medical device design process. I’m exploring methodologies to use prototypes as tools to communicate ideas, elicit user requirements and engineering specifications, avoid perceived solutions, explore ways to evaluate design without bias and ways to improve stakeholder involvement. Other research interests include the impact of prototypes on learning and problem solving, design education and pedagogies that increase students’ implementation of design methods. I conduct some of my research in the US and Ghana.

Ibrahim Mohedas, Ph.D.

Ibrahim Mohedas, Ph.D.

NSF Graduate Research Fellow, Rackham Merit Fellow

My dissertation research focused on understanding the most effective ways to engage with stakeholders when developing medical devices for ...

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My dissertation research focused on understanding the most effective ways to engage with stakeholders when developing medical devices for low- and middle-income countries. I sought to understand how design ethnography can be used to develop a deep understanding of stakeholder requirements during medical device development. As a postdoctoral fellow, I am pursuing the commercialization and development of a technology that enables community healthcare workers to administer long-acting contraceptive implants in underserved areas. My current work is focused in Ethiopia & Ghana.

Amir Sabet Sarvestani, Ph.D.

Amir Sabet Sarvestani, Ph.D.

NSF Graduate Research Fellow, Rackham Merit Fellow

My primary research interests focus on health technology design processes for resource-constrained settings and the impacts of decision-making strategies ...

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My primary research interests focus on health technology design processes for resource-constrained settings and the impacts of decision-making strategies for design under uncertainty. I am exploring methodologies that allow stakeholders to be involved in the design process. Other research interests include the co-identification of health delivery challenges and co-development of associated design solutions and their sustainable implementation. I conduct some of my research in Ghana, Nicaragua, and Uganda.

Beom-Chan Lee, Ph.D.

Beom-Chan Lee, Ph.D.

My primary research focus is the design and development of wireless biofeedback systems for patients with physical or sensory ...

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My primary research focus is the design and development of wireless biofeedback systems for patients with physical or sensory disabilities resulting from injury or disease. Other interests include the development of a cell phone–based balance trainer for at-home balance training, postural and perceptive response to vibrotactile stimulation, and slip onset detection and warning during locomotion. My research involves control theory, algorithmic development, mechatronics, and human motor function.

Tian Bao

Tian Bao

Graduate Student Research Assistant

My research interests include medical device design and development, experimental design, and data-driven artificial intelligence. My research focused on ...

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My research interests include medical device design and development, experimental design, and data-driven artificial intelligence. My research focused on understanding the use of sensory argumentation in balance rehabilitation for people with balance disorders and older adults. I am also exploring the automation of home-based balance training using machine learning techniques. I am currently a Ph.D. candidate in Mechanical Engineering. I received Graduate Data Science Certificate and Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Michigan and Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

Vinny Barone

My research interests include medical device design, development, and implementation in clinical and home-use settings as well as the ...

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My research interests include medical device design, development, and implementation in clinical and home-use settings as well as the development of mechatronics systems. I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Northeastern University and earned minors in Mathematics and Business Administration. Through the Northeastern Co-Op program and post-graduate employment I have gained nearly three years of experience in the product development and medical device industry. In my free time I enjoy golfing, fishing, and sailing.

Marianna Coulentianos

Marianna Coulentianos

NSF Graduate Research Fellow

My research aims to investigate the design process for the design of medical devices for use in low-resource settings. ...

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My research aims to investigate the design process for the design of medical devices for use in low-resource settings. I am interested in the effects of leveraging prototypes to engage stakeholders and ultimately lead to the high uptake of products by users, within the context of global health. I am also interested in investigating ways to avoid failures in the implementation phase for such devices. I am received a Ph.D. in Design Science and a Masters of Applied Economics, both at the University of Michigan.

Kathryn Harrold

Kathryn Harrold

Ph.D. pre-candidate in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering, University of Michigan

My research interests include biomechanics, as well as injury prevention and rehabilitation.  My research aims to automatically identify and ...

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My research interests include biomechanics, as well as injury prevention and rehabilitation.  My research aims to automatically identify and quantify gait abnormalities for people with vestibular disabilities through supervised machine learning.  I am currently a PhD pre-candidate in Mechanical Engineering.  I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Valparaiso University and earned minors in Mathematics and Bioengineering.

Joshua Nkonge

Joshua Nkonge

NSF Graduate Research Fellow, Michigan Engineering Bridge to Doctorate Fellowship

My research interests include the development of medical devices for those in low-resource settings, specifically the design processes of ...

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My research interests include the development of medical devices for those in low-resource settings, specifically the design processes of orthotics and protheses. I received my Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering at Hope College. I received my Mechanical Engineering Master’s at the University of Michigan for my research in the development of medical devices for low-resource settings.

AFFILIATED & VISITING FACULTY

Shanna Daly

Shanna Daly

Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering

I’m an Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering in the College of Engineering. I have a B.E. in Chemical Engineering ...

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I’m an Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering in the College of Engineering. I have a B.E. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Dayton and Ph.D. degrees in Engineering Education and Chemistry from Purdue University. My research focuses on design innovations through divergent and convergent thinking as well as through deep needs and community assessments using design ethnography. Specifically, my work includes investigations of concept generation and development practices of novices through practitioners, intersections of diverse disciplines and experiences of individuals and teams that yield innovative thinking, the role of creativity in engineering and how to foster it, exploring problem spaces to identify real needs and innovation opportunities, and developing flexibility to design both radically and incrementally.

STAFF

Catherine Kinnaird

Catherine Kinnaird

Laboratory Manager
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My primary research interest is the development of devices and techniques to aid in balance and gait rehabilitation for ...

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My primary research interest is the development of devices and techniques to aid in balance and gait rehabilitation for individuals with sensory or physical deficits due to aging or after an injury. I am interested in lower-cost devices that can be easily implemented and used in a patients’ home or in a clinical setting. I am also interested in the neural mechanisms of how older adults and individuals with sensory or physical deficits acquire new skills.

UNDERGRADUATE / MASTER'S RESEARCH ASSISTANTS

Kevin Jiang

Kevin Jiang

Jocelyn Burridge

Jocelyn Burridge