Kathleen Sienko

Kathleen Sienko
Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, Mechanical Engineering


GGB (George G. Brown Laboratory)

2350 Hayward 
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2125

(734) 647-8249


Ph.D., Medical Engineering and Bioastronautics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University, Division of Health Sciences and Technology, 2007
S.M., Aeronautics and Astronautics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2000
B.S., Materials Engineering, University of Kentucky, 1998

Research Interests

Medical device design, development, and assessment; wearable balance prostheses and rehabilitation aids; sensory augmentation; biofeedback; mechatronics; haptic interfaces; biomechanics including mobility impairments; affordable medical technologies for the developing world.

Honors and Awards

Miller Faculty Scholar Endowed Award, The University of Michigan, 2013
University Undergraduate Teaching Award, The University of Michigan, 2012
Provost's Teaching Innovation Prize, The University of Michigan, 2012
Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium Invited Speaker, National Academy of Engineering, 2011
Raymond J. and Monica E. Schultz Outreach and Diversity Award, College of Engineering, The University of Michigan, 2011
Mechanical Engineering Achievement Award, The University of Michigan, 2011
Outreach & Diversity Award Nomination, U-M College of Engineering, 2010
Professor of the Term, Winter 2010, Pi Tau Sigma Michigan Phi Rho, 2010
Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium Participant, National Academy of Engineering, 2010
CAREER Award, National Science Foundation, 2009
$50K Entrepreneurship Competition Winner, MIT, 2005
Graduate Fellowship, National Science Foundation, 1998-2002
Amelia Earhart Fellowship, Zonta International, 1999

Faculty Type

Tenured and Tenure-Track

Related News

The device was presented at the Global Health & Innovation Conference by Ibrahim Mohedas

GHDI "focuses on training a new generation of engineers to collaborate with stakeholders to define problems and develop and implement solutions to address essential health care challenges through engineering design."

The recipients are: Michael Thouless, Huei Peng, Steve Ceccio, and Kathleen Sienko

Professor Sienko has become a Miller Faculty Scholar and will have the opportunity to expand both of her labs

The video showcases Sienko's talk at the ASME 2013 International Design Engineering Technical Conference entitled "The Use of Design Ethnography in Engineering Global Health Technologies."

This award recognizes faculty who have developed an innovative project and encourages the dissemination of best practices by sharing promising innovations with faculty more broadly