Director

Kreg Gruben, PhD

Associate Professor of Kinesiology

Affiliate Professor of Mechanical Engineering & Biomedical Engineering

 

Email: kreg.gruben@wisc.edu

Office: 1081A Gymnasium-Natatorium

 

 

Current Members

Wendy Boehm, PhD

Post-Doctoral Researcher

PhD Biomedical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2017

MS Biomedical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2011

BS Kinesiology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2009

Email: wendy.boehm@wisc.edu

Research focus: Wendy is developing interventions for retraining walking on a custom rehabilitative device she has helped design and build in the lab. She studies stroke patients to determine the best use of the device in facilitating their walking recovery.

Kieran Nichols, MS

Graduate Student in Mechanical Engineering

MS Kinesiology, University of Wisconsin Madison, 2016

BS Kinesiology, Penn State University, 2014

Email: knichols4@wisc.edu

Research Focus: Kieran studies the dynamic characteristics the ground-on-foot force during standing that humans use to remain balanced. He has focused his work on typically developed adults and children as well as children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

 

 

 

Undergraduates
Undergraduate Students in the UWNCL Lab

Each semester, many undergraduate students from various scientific and engineering disciplines engage with the lab on a volunteer or for-credit basis. Students have opportunities to engage in many levels of the research process and outreach efforts. Students train as investigators to perform ongoing laboratory human subject research, as well as participate in the design and execution of their own studies. The lab’s machine shop provides students with experience in fabricating custom instrumentation and encourages learning of design techniques.

Alumni

Wendy Boehm, PhD Biomedical Engineering, 2017

Dissertation: Lower-Limb Neuromuscular Coordination Post-Stroke: Evidence of Force Misdirection and Development of an Associated Theraputic Device

 

Kecia Doyle-Greene, MS Kinesiology, 2012

Thesis: Differential Effects of Exercise on Parkinson Symptoms in the Most & Least Impaired Upper Limbs: RCT Comparing Pilates to General Exercise

 

Wendy Boehm, MS Biomedical Engineering, 2011

Thesis: Mechanics and neural contributions to control of whole-body angular momentum in human walking

 

Anthony Gutierrez, MS Kinesiology, 2010

Thesis: The influence of center of pressure on angular stability during walking

 

Nate Oats, MS Kinesiology, 2009

Thesis: Foot force control during walking tasks in humans

 

Farshad Fahimi, MS Biomedical Engineering, 2008

 

Robert Giachetti, PhD Mechanical Engineering, 2008

Dissertation: Preferred, Isometric Foot Force in Healthy Humans: The Influence of Newtonian Mechanics and Postural Goals on the Center of Pressure

 

Micah Brown, MS Biomedical Engineering, 2008

 

Matthew Schmidt, PhD Kinesiology, 2008

Dissertation: The control of simple pushing efforts with the leg

 

Liming Tan, MS Biomedical & Mechanical Engineering, 2005

 

Lynn Rogers, MS Kinesiology & Biomedical Engineering, 2003

Thesis: Force direction control during leg pushes against fixed and moving pedals in persons post-stroke

 

Matthew Schmidt, MS Biomedical Engineering, 2002

 

Pam Barrett, MS Kinesiology, 2001

Thesis: Force path linearity in human lower limb pushing efforts

 

Citlali López-Ortiz, PhD Kinesiology, 2001

Dissertation: Emergent linearity of the foot force paths in kinematically constrained motion of the lower limb

 

Julie Côté, MS Kinesiology, 1997

Thesis: Foot forces during exercise against varied resistance and motion sense on the Cross-Trainer™ exercise machine