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Faculty  
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Jill Higginson
Associate Professor
Mechanical Engineering, Biomechanics and Movement Science
Director, Center for Biomedical Engineering Research

Associate Director, Biomedical Engineering Program

  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Cornell University, 1996
  • M.S. Bioengineering, Penn State University, 1998
  • Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, 2005
  • Research interests: neuro-musculo-skeletal biomechanics, simulation of human movement, optimization, normal and pathological gait

 

     
Post-doctoral Researchers
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  Amber Collins
  • B.S. Chemical Engineering, NC State University, 2002
  • M.S. Biomedical Engineering, UNC Chapel Hill, 2007
  • Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering, UNC Chapel Hill, 2010
  • Research interests: biomechanics of knee osteoarthritis; neuromuscular control of knee osteoarthritis and post-stroke
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Brian Knarr

  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering, The College of New Jersey, 2006
  • M.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Delaware, 2008
  • Ph.D. Biomechanics and Movement Science, University of Delaware, 2012
  • Project(s): Muscle activation failure in post-stroke gait; Finite element model of biceps brachii driven by in vivo strain data; Neural and muscle control of movement

 

     
 
Current Students
 

Anantharaman Gopalakrishnan

  • B.Tech. Mechanical Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Calicut, India, 2008
  • PhD candidate, Mechanical Engineering, University of Delaware
  • Project(s): Rehabilitation robotics, modeling and simulation of post-stroke gait

 

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Carrie Brandis

  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering and Dance, Hope College, 2008
  • M.S. student, Mechanical Engineering, University of Delaware
  • Project(s): Post-stroke gait analysis and simulation

 

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Chris Henderson

  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Delaware, 2006
  • M.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Delaware, 2010
  • PhD student, Biomechanics and Movement Science
  • Project(s): Mechanical energy analysis of pathological gait disorders, Osteoarthritis and articular cartilage deterioration in the knee

 

TBD
 

John Ramsay

  • B.S. Biomedical Engineering, Letourneau University, 2008
  • M.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Delaware, 2010
  • PhD student, Biomechanics and Movement Science
  • Project(s): Change in muscle volume in post-stroke patients; subject-specific simulations of post-stroke gait

 

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Tyler Richardson

  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Delaware, 2010
  • M.S. student, Biomechanics and Movement Science, University of Delaware
  • Project(s): gait symmetry in individuals with osteoarthritis

 

TBD
 

Elisa Schrank

  • B.S. Biomedical Engineering, University of Virginia, 2008
  • Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, University of Delaware, 2012
  • Project(s): refinement of customization and manufacturing framework for ankle-foot orthoses; exploration of the muscular adaptations required in the presence of the customized ankle-foot orthosis and the resulting movement control strategies via musculoskeletal modeling and simulation

 

TBD
 

Victoria Stanhope

  • B.S. Exercise Science, University of Delaware, expected Fall 2013
  • Project(s): Post-stroke gait kinematic analysis; gait and cognition multi-tasking in young and older adults

 

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Laura van der Post

  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Delaware, expected 2014
  • Project(s): Relationship between strength and function in osteoarthritis

 

Molly
 

Molly Wessel

  • B.S. Biomedical Engineering, University of Delaware, expected 2013
  • Project(s): implications of incomplete scores on outcome surveys, handrail forces in post-stroke gait

 

     
Alumni  
 
  • Dhara Amin, BS Mechanical Engineering, in progress
  • Anthony Brazen IV, BS Mechanical Engineering, 2008
  • Will Bryant, BS Biomedical Engineering, in progress
  • Kayla Burnim, BS Mechanical Engineering, 2007
  • Chuck Crabtree, MS Mechanical Engineering, 2007
  • Debra George-Reichley, MS Mechanical Engineering, 2008
  • Karol Grabczewski, BS Mechanical Engineering, 2007
  • Nils Hakansson, Post-doc, 2008-2011
  • Taiseer Habib, BS Mechanical Engineering, 2008
  • Jenn Iskra, BS Mechanical Engineering, 2010
  • Andy Kubinski, MS Biomechanics and Movement Science, 2010
  • Amy Lenz, MS, Mechanical Engineering, 2012
  • Matt Lindemer, BS Mechanical Engineering, 2010
  • Trevor McClenathan, BS Mechanical Engineering, 2007
  • David Olchowski, MS Mechanical Engineering, 2010
  • Leah Putman, BS Mechanical Engineering, 2011
  • Chris Richards, BS Mechanical Engineering, 2007, MS ME 2009
  • Ben Roewer, MS ME/MBA, 2011
  • Stephanie Russo, BS Exercise Science, 2008
  • Melynda Schreiber, BS Mechanical Engineering, 2011
  • Shridhar Shah, MS Mechanical Engineering, 2009
  • Janessa Smith, BS Mechanical Engineering, 2007
  • Ming Xiao, PhD Mechanical Engineering, 2009
  • Cherish Wilford, BS Mechanical Engineering, 2005
  • Nicole Zahradka, MS Mechanical Engineering, 2011
  • Joseph Zeni, Jr., PhD Biomechanics and Movement Science, 2008

 


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