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Graduate Students

Susannah Engdahl, Ph.D. Student

B.S., Physics, Wittenberg University, 2013
M.S., Biomedical Engineering, University of Michigan, 2015
Ph.D. Student, Biomedical Engineering, University of Michigan (Expected Graduation: 2018)

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. (2017) “Reliability of upper limb and trunk joint angles in healthy adults during activities of daily living” Gait & Posture. 60, 41-47. 

 Luis Nolasco, Ph.D. Student

B.S., Biomedical Engineering, Wichita State University, 2014
M.S., Kinesiology, University of Michigan, 2017
Ph.D. Student, Kinesiology, University of Michigan (Expected Graduation: 2021)

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. (2017) “Kinematic differences during a jump cut maneuver in people with and without a concussion history” International Journal of Psychophysiology (In Press, accepted 8/12/17)
  • 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 (In Press).
  • 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. 

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 
(Expected Graduation: 2020)

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

Deema Totah, Ph.D. Student 

B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institutue 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

John Busch Jr., Ph.D. Student

B.S. Computer Engineering, Purdue University, 2016
Ph.D. Student, Robotics, University of Michigan

John's research interests include rehabilitation robotics, human-robot interaction, and neural interfacing.  His primary adviser is Brent Gillespie.


Michael Gonzalez, Ph.D. Student 

B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Central Florida, 2012

P.h.D Student, Robotics, University of Michigan

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

Jillian Kirby, M.S. Student

B.S. Biomedical Engineering, University of Virginia

M.S. Student, Biomedical Engineering

Robert Oswald, M.S. Student

B.S. Exercise Science, Bowling Green University

M.S. Student, Movement Science