The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) is a membership organization that thrives on collaboration, career enrichment, and skill development. Every year a select few are chosen for the ASME Graduate Teaching Fellowship which encourages outstanding graduate students to pursue a doctorate in mechanical engineering. For the 2018-2019 academic year, Ph.D. Candidate, Rachel Vitali is one of two candidates to be awarded this fellowship. Vitali has worked on using inertial measurement units (IMUs) data to estimate three-dimensional rotations across the human knee joint. This was part of a larger research project of Noel Perkins, Donald T. Greenwood Collegiate Professor and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor in Mechanical Engineering. Perkins and his team are developing an automated measurement system to quantify the physical performance of individuals as they move through an outdoor obstacle course.
As Vitali’s research and work continue at U-M ME we wish her continued success and congratulations on her fellowship.