Reducing the required training and minimizing errors would allow medical services to be expanded to underserved populations. Development of task-shifting medical devices is critical to perform more medical procedures safely and easily.LEARN MORE
Passengers in autonomous vehicles are more likely to feel symptoms of motion sickness than in other forms of public transportation. Our study culminates with the development of methodologies for mitigating motion sickness, informing the future design of autonomous vehicles.LEARN MORE
Sarvestani, A.S., Gonzalez, R., Johnson, T.R.B., Coulentianos, M.J., & Sienko, K.H. (2023). Evaluation of open-ended, clustering, and discrete choice methods for user requirements development in a low-income country context. Development Engineering (In press).
Moses, N., Daly, S., Handley, J., & Sienko, K. (2023). Exploring engineering student perspectives on designer positionality in design for ‘social good’ collaborations. Accepted abstract for Clive L. Dym Mudd Design Workshop, Jun. 8-10, 2023.
Ferris, J., Zwier, J., Carender, W., & Sienko, K. (2022). Individuals’ and physical therapists’ ratings of balance exercise intensity. Presented as a poster at International Society of Posture and Gait Research Annual Conference, July 3-7, 2022.
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.
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).
My research interests include biofeedback, sensory and ability restoration, and wearable robotics. My research connects clinical interventions with data-driven outcomes to improve function and quality of life. I am an NSF Graduate Research Fellow pursuing dual Ph.D.’s in Mechanical Engineering and Movement Science (Kinesiology) at the University of Michigan. I received my M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame with a focus in biomechanics, robotics, and controls, and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Dayton with a focus in human movement biomechanics.