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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

Biomechanics Research Laboratory
Michigan Concussion Center


3443 GGB
2350 Hayward, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Email: [email protected]
Phone: (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.

Research Areas

Biomechanics & Biosystems Engineering

Honors & 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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