Kathleen H. Sienko

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.

PH.D. STUDENTS

Michael Deininger

Michael Deininger

Graduate Student Research Assistant

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. I received a BS degree in Industrial Design from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, and am currently pursuing a MS degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Design Science at the University of Michigan.

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 currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Design Science and a Masters of Applied Economics, both at the University of Michigan.

Victor Le

My research interests include medical devices, biomechanics, sensory feedback, and utilizing machine learning techniques to inform methods promoting rehabilitation ...

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My research interests include medical devices, biomechanics, sensory feedback, and utilizing machine learning techniques to inform methods promoting rehabilitation and health. At the moment, I am a PhD pre-candidate in Mechanical Engineering. I also received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

Ilka Rodriguez-Calero

Ilka Rodriguez-Calero

My research interests include medical device design and design processes, front-end design, creativity, and design decision-making. I am also ...

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My research interests include medical device design and design processes, front-end design, creativity, and design decision-making. I am also interested in prototyping practices used by designers and how these affect early design stages and decisions. I am a Design Science Master’s student, and part of the CoE Bridge to the Doctorate program at the University of Michigan. I received my Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez.

ALUMNI

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.

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.

Wendy Carender

Wendy Carender

I am a vestibular certified Physical Therapist working in the Vestibular Testing Center at the University of Michigan Health ...

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I am a vestibular certified Physical Therapist working in the Vestibular Testing Center at the University of Michigan Health System with a variety of patients with dizziness and balance disorders. I am also a Neurological Clinical Specialist who treats athletes post-concussion. I enjoy interacting with the Sienko Research Group to integrate clinical treatments with research technologies to assist patients with vestibular and balance disorders to improve balance and quality of life.

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

Akanksha Acharya

Akanksha Acharya

Jainabou Barry

Jainabou Barry

Grace Cravens

Grace Cravens

Jessica French

Jessica French

Ruoxi Hao

Ruoxi Hao

Linh Huynh

Linh Huynh

Kevin Jiang

Kevin Jiang

Jennifer Lee

Jennifer Lee

Allison Powell

Allison Powell

Brittany Vill

Brittany Vill

Maria Young

Maria Young

Cole Zingas

Cole Zingas