James Ashton-Miller

James Ashton-Miller
Research Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Albert Schultz Collegiate Research Professor & Distinguished Research Scientist
Associate Vice President - Research Policy and Compliance, OVPR
Director, Biomechanics Research Laboratory


GGB (George G. Brown Laboratory)

2350 Hayward 
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2125

(734) 763-2320


MSME, Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1974
BS (Hons.), Mechanical Engineering, University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, U.K., 1972

Research Interests

Biomechanics including mobility impairments in the elderly; trips, slips, and falls; elderly decision-making and risk-taking in physical tasks; birth related injury; female stress urinary incontinence; spine biomechanics; athletic injuries; occupant vehicular safety.

Honors and Awards

Borelli Award, American Society of Biomechanics, 2009
Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 2009
Excellence Award, American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine Research, 2006
Associate Editor (declined), Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences, 2005
Fellow, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, 2005
Best Paper Award, American Urogynecological Society, 2003
Best Paper Award, International Continence Society, 2003
Clinical Biomechanics Award, American Society of Biomechanics, 2003
Past-President, American Society of Biomechanics, 2002
Fellow, Gerontological Society of America, 2001
Associate Editor, Journal of Gerontology: Biological Sciences, 2001
President, American Society of Biomechanics, 2001
President-Elect, American Society of Biomechanics, 2000
Distinguished Research Scientist Award, University of Michigan, 2000
Member, National Institutes of Health Geriatric and Rehabilitation Medicine Study Section, 2000

Faculty Type


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