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Graduate Students

Jeffrey Cowley, Ph.D. 

B.S., Exercise Science, Utah Valley University, 2009
M.S., Kinesiology - Biomechanics, Illinois State University, 2012
Ph.D., Kinesiology, University of Michigan, 2017

Jeff’s research interests include neuromotor control and adaptation to injury, illness, and equipment.

Jeff's RBL publications: 

1)  Cowley J, Resnik L, Wilken J, Smurr-Walters L, Gates D.H. (2016) Movement Quality of Conventional Prostheses and the DEKA Arm During Everyday Tasks. Prosthetics and Orthotics International

2)  Gates D.H., Smurr-Walter L, Cowley J, Wilken J, Resnik L. (2016) Motion Requirements for Upper Limb Activities of Daily Living. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 70(1)

3)  Cowley J, Dingwell J, Gates D.H. (2014) Effects of Local and Widespread Muscle Fatigue on Movement Timing. Experimental Brain Research, 232(12):3939-48

4) Cowley, JC & Gates, DH. (2017) Proximal and Distal Muscle Fatigue Differentially Affect Movement Coordination.
PLOS ONE, in press.

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:

1)    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.


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

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

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

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