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Michael L. Madigan, PhD

Principal Investigator

Michael is a Professor in the Grado Department of Industrial and 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

PhD student

Jessica is working on research that aims to better understand the effects terrain on gait among individuals with a lower limb amputation that use a prosthesis. 


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Laith Abuhaija

MS student

Laith is in the 5-year BS/MS degree plan.  He is working on research that aims to better understand how mental fatigue can increase the risk of falls.

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Lauren Callahan

MS student

Lauren is a BS graduate in Psychology working toward her MS in ISE.  She is working on a project that aims to better understand how dual cognitive tasks influence reactive balance and fall risk.

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Caitlin Bowman

Research Assistant

Caitlin is an undergraduate student in Human Nutrition Foods and Exercise assisting with research in the lab.

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Jill Maisel

Research Assistant

Jill is an undergraduate student in ISE assisting with research in the lab.

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Emily Tirrell

Research Assistant

Emily is an undergraduate student in both Biological Sciences and Clinical Neuroscience Majors.  She is assisting with research in the lab.

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Katy Sloan

Research Assistant

Katy is an undergraduate student in ISE assisting with research in the lab.

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Stephen Dooley

Research Assistant

Stephen is an undergraduate student in ISE assisting with research in the lab.

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Alex Nwogu

Former Research Assistant

Alex was is a undergraduate Research Assistant in our group from 2018 to 2020 when he graduated.  He was tragically taken from us much too early on October 5, 2020.  He was always smiling and always willing to lend a hand.  He made the world a better place during his short time with us, and is in a much better place now.

Graduate Student 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