Kreg Gruben, PhD

Associate Professor of Kinesiology

Affiliate Professor of Mechanical Engineering & Biomedical Engineering



Office: 1081A Gymnasium-Natatorium



Current Members

Aude Lefranc, BS

Graduate Student in Biomedical Engineering

BS Biomedical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2017


Research focus: Aude is analyzing kinetic standing data from children with Autism Spectrum Disorder in order to characterize patterns of balance impairment in those individuals and inform balance training interventions.


Kieran Nichols, MS

Graduate Student in Mechanical Engineering

MS Kinesiology, University of Wisconsin Madison, 2016

BS Kinesiology, Penn State University, 2014


Research Focus: Kieran studies the dynamic characteristics the ground-on-foot force during standing that humans use to remain balanced. He is interested in frequency-specific mechanical and control characteistics of the body.




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.


Wendy Boehm, PhD Biomedical Engineering, 2017

Postdoctoral Fellow, 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