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Susannah Engdahl, Ph.D. Student


B.S., Physics, Wittenberg University, 2013
M.S., Biomedical Engineering, University of Michigan, 2013-2015
Ph.D. Student, Biomedical Engineering, University of Michigan (2015-present)

Susannah’s research interests include upper limb prostheses, rehabilitation, and psychoprosthetics. 

Susannah's RBL publications:

  • Engdahl, S., Christie, B., Kelly, B., Davis, A., Chestek, C. and Gates, D.H. (2015) “Surveying the interest of individuals with upper limb loss in novel prosthetic control techniquesJournal of Neural Engineering and Rehabilitation, 12:53.
  • Engdahl, S., Chestek, C., Kelly, B., Davis, A., and Gates, D.H. (2017) “Factors associated with interest in novel interfaces for upper limb prosthetic control” PLoS One 12(8): e0182482.
  • Engdahl, S. and Gates, D.H. (2018) “Reliability of upper limb and trunk joint angles in healthy adults during activities of daily living” Gait & Posture. 60, 41-47. 

 

Deema Totah, Ph.D. Student 


B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
M.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan
Ph.D. Student, Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan

Deema is interested in optimizing the design of ankle-foot orthoses and is co-advised by Kira Barton

Deema's RBL Publications:
  • Totah, D., Menon, M., Jones-Hershinow, C., Barton, K., and Gates, D.H. (2019) “The impact of ankle-foot orthosis stiffness on gait: A systematic literature review” Gait & Posture. 69: 101-111.   
  • Totah, D., Ojeda, L., Johnson, D.D., Gates, D.H., Mower Provost, E., and Barton, K. (2018) “Low–back electromyography (EMG) data-driven load classification for lifting tasks” PloS ONE 13(2): e0192938. 




Luis Nolasco, Ph.D. Student


B.S., Biomedical Engineering, Wichita State University, 2014
M.S., Kinesiology, University of Michigan, 2015-2017
Ph.D. Student, Kinesiology, University of Michigan (2017-present)

Luis is currently leading a research study focusing on how healthy individuals and lower limb amputees negotiate different surface terrains in daily life. 


Luis's RBL Publications:
  • Lapointe, A., Nolasco, L., Sosnowski, A., Andrews, E., Martini, D.N., Palmieri-Smith, R., Gates, D.H., and Broglio, S.P. (2018) “Kinematic differences during a jump cut maneuver in people with and without a concussion history” International Journal of Psychophysiology 132 (Pt A): 93-98
  • Actis, J.A, Nolasco, L., Gates, D.H., and Silverman, A.K. (2018) "Lumbar loads and trunk kinematics in people with a transtibial amputation during sit-to-stand", Journal of Biomechanics 69(1): 1-9.
  • Actis, J.A., Honegger, J.D., Gates, D.H., Petrella, A., Nolasco, L. and Silverman, A.K. (2018) “Validation of lumbar spine loading from a musculoskeletal model including the lower limbs and spine” Journal of Biomechanics 68, 107-114. 
  • Nolasco, L., Silverman, A.K., and Gates, D.H.  (2019) “Whole body and segment angular momentum during 90-degree turns” Gait & Posture. 70: 12-19.


Jay Kim, Ph.D. Student

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, 2012
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, 2013
Ph.D. Student, Kinesiology, University of Michigan 
(2016-present)

Jay's research interests include the design and testing of robotic prosthetic systems.






Michael Gonzalez, Ph.D. Student


B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Central Florida
Ph.D. Student, Robotics, University of Michigan (2017-present)

Michael's research interests include prosthetics, human-robot interfaces, and telerobotics.




  

Christina Lee, Ph.D. Student

B.S., Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University, 2018

M.S., Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University, 2018
Ph.D. Student, Biomedical Engineering, University of Michigan (2018-present)

Christina is interested in neural engineering and motor control of prosthetic devices.












Vibha Vempala, M.S. Student

B.S. Biomedical Engineering, North Carolina State University, 2018
M.S. Student, Biomedical Engineering, University of Michigan (2018-present)




Riely Doherty, M.S. Student
B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, 2018
M.S. Student, Biomedical Engineering, University of Michigan (2018-present)



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