Michael L. Madigan, PhD

Michael is a Professor in the Grado Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering at Virginia Tech, and has an affiliate appointment in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics.

Curriculum Vitae

Tel: 540.231.3543


Jessica Aviles, MS

Jessica is a PhD student interested in improving the access to and quality of prostheses in developing countries. 


Youngjae Lee, MS

Youngjae is a PhD student in Industrial and Systems Engineering studying how exoskeletons affect the risk of falling.

Lauren Callahan

Lauren is a BS graduate in Psychology working toward her MS in ISE.  She is interested in understanding how dual cognitive tasks influence reactive balance and fall risk. 

Laith Abuhaija

Laith is a senior ISE student in the 5-year BS/MS degree plan.

Zech Nachazel

Zech is a senior ISE student helping out with research involving amputee gait.

Alex Nwogu

Alex is a senior ISE student who is assisting with projects on lower limb prostheses. 

Caitlin Bowman

Caitlin is a BS student in Human Nutrition Foods and Exercise assisting with projects investigating gait among individuals using lower limb prostheses. 

Clay Adkins

Clay is a senior ISE student who is assisting with projects trying to better understand how uneven terrain affects gait while walking with a lower limb prosthesis.

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Group alumni*

Emily Lloyd, MS (2003)
Bradley Davidson, MS (2005)
Christine Herrmann, MS (2005)
Kevin Pline, MS (2005)
Erin Wilson, MS (2005)
Kathleen Bieryla, MS (2006)
Bradley Davidson, PhD (2007)
Kevin Groth, MS (2007)
Steve Hanson, MS (2007)
Hyunwook Lee, MS (2007)
Jesse Norris, PhD (2007)
Sara Matrangola, MS (2008)

Emily Miller, MS (2008)
Gregory Slota, PhD (2008)
Martin Tanaka, PhD (2008)
Mike Whitley, MS (2008)
Kathleen Bieryla, PhD (2009)

Pranitha Gottipati, PhD (2009)
Dennis Anderson, PhD (2010)
Kerry Costello, MS (2010)
Kellen Shain, MS (2010)
Sara Matrangola, PhD (2011)
Emily Miller, PhD (2012)
Danielle Beringer, MS (2013)
Leigh Allin, MS (2014)
John Scanlon, MS (2014)
Xuefang Wu, PhD (2015)
Christina Garman, PhD (2015)
Achu Byju, MS (2016)

Hoda Koushyar, PhD (2016)

Jessica Aviles, MS (2016)

Youngjae Lee, MS (2019)

Leigh Allin, PhD (2019)

* includes students originally advised by the late Kevin Granata

Our alumni have gone on to work in various capacities within academia, industry, and consulting. Some companies who have hired our graduates include:

  • Accident Research Specialists, PLLC

  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center - Harvard University

  • Boeing

  • Bucknell University

  • The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)

  • Exponent

  • Ford Motor Company - Advanced Biomechanics Division

  • Hayes + Associates

  • High Point University

  • Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

  • Microsoft

  • NASA

  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

  • Nike

  • Penn State University

  • Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

  • Stryker Orthopaedics

  • University of Denver

  • University of Iowa

  • University of Virginia SPEED Clinic

  • Vicon

  • Wake Forest University

  • WL Gore and Associates

  • Zimmer