Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Northwestern University Prosthetics-Orthotics Center

PhD Dissertations

Steven A. Gard, PhD (left) prepares to award the doctoral hood to Angelika Zissimopoulos (right)     Angelika Zissimopoulos, PhD (right) receives the doctoral hood in biomedical engineering from her mentor, Steven A. Gard, PhD (left)      Steven A. Gard, PhD (left) congratulates doctoral graduate Angelika Zissimopoulos, PhD (right)

Boutwell, Erin. (2014) "The Effect of Systematic Variation to Transtibial Prosthesis Stiffness on Impact Loading Mechanics”, Doctoral Dissertation, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University.

Zissimopoulos, Angelika. (2013). "An Investigation of Mediolateral Foot Placement during Post-Stroke Gait", Doctoral Dissertation, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University.

Koehler, Sara Rebecca. (2012). "Neuromechanical Mechanisms of Prosthetic Knee Joint Control: Associations with Prosthetic Alignment", Doctoral Dissertation, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University.

Johnson, William Brett. (2011). "Modeling the Effects of Hip Joint Stiffness on RGO-Assisted Gait", Doctoral Dissertation, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University.

Ruhe, Brian L. (2009).“Investigations of Standing Balance Efficiency on Sloped Surfaces in Persons with Transfemoral Amputation", Doctoral Dissertation, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University.

Sessoms, Pinata. (2008)."Analysis of Step Length in Able-bodied Persons, Race Walkers, and Persons with Amputation", Doctoral Dissertation, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University.

Ajiboye, Abidemi Bolu. (2007). "Investigation of Muscle Synergies as a Control Paradigm for Myoelectric Devices", Doctoral Dissertation, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University.

Farrell, Todd. (2007)."Multifunctional Prosthesis Control: The Effects of Targeting Surface vs. Intramuscular Electrodes on Classification Accuracy and the Effect of Controller Delay on Prosthesis Performance", Doctoral Dissertation, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University.

Konz, Regina Jane. (2007)."The Role of the Spine in Human Walking: Studies of Able-bodied Persons and Individuals with Spine Pathologies", Doctoral Dissertation, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University.

Sensinger, Jonathon. (2007)."User-Modulated Impedance Control Using Two-Site Proportional Myoelectric Signals," Doctoral Dissertation, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University.

Bertos, George. (2006)."Identification of the Mechanical Impedance of the Human Locomotor System and Quantification of Shock Absorption Characteristics with Applications in Prosthetics," Doctoral Dissertation, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University.

Miff, Steve. (2004)."Gait Initiation and Termination in Non-Disabled Ambulators and in People with Unilateral Lower Limb Loss," Doctoral Dissertation, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University.

Miller, Laura. (2003)."Theories of Human Ambulation with Applications to Swing-through Crutch Gait," Doctoral Dissertation, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University.

Hansen, Andrew.(2002)."Roll-over Characteristics of Human Walking with Applications for Artificial Limbs," Doctoral Dissertation, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University.

Jhoun, Janet.(1997)."Studies of Human Standing, Stepping, and Gait Initiation," Doctoral Dissertation, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University.

Sanchez-Urrutia, Victor.(1996)."The Swing Phase of Hip Disarticulation Amputee Walking: An Analysis of Walking Constraints and Methodological Implication for Gait Analysis," Doctoral Dissertation, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University.

Knox, Erick H. (1996)."The Role of Prosthetic Feet in Walking", Doctoral Dissertation, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University.

Weir, Richard F. ff. (1995)."Direct Muscle Attachment as a Control Input for Position Servo Prosthesis Controller," Doctoral Dissertation, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University.

Gard, Steven A. (1995)."An Investigation of Foot Clearance Issues in Normal and Above-Knee Amputee Gait," Doctoral Dissertation, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University.

Rovick [Rolock], Joshua S. (1993)."Automated Fabrication of Sockets for Artificial Limbs," Doctoral Dissertation, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University.

Mesplay, Kent.(1993)."Mechanical Impedance of the Human Lower Limb During Walking," Doctoral Dissertation, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University.

Silver-Thorn, Barbara.(1991)."Prediction and Experimental Verification of Residual Limb/Prosthetic Socket Interface Pressures for Below Knee Amputees," Doctoral Dissertation, Biomedical Engineering Northwestern University.

Van Vorhis, Robert. (1991)."On Aspects of (4-Dimensional) Dynamic Position Triangulation Using Multiple Light Planes and Retroreflectors," Doctoral Dissertation, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University.

Vannah, William.(1990)."Indentor Tests and Finite Element Modeling of Bulk Muscular Tissue In Vivo," Doctoral Dissertation, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University.

Chan, Richmond B. (1989). "A Study of Noise Processes and Information Flow in Human-Prosthesis Systems", Doctoral Dissertation, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Northwestern University.

Kuiken, Todd. (1989). "The Hyper-Reinnervation of Rat Skeletal Muscle", MD/PhD Program Feinberg School of Medicine/ Biomedical Engineering (co-advisors Dudley Childress, PhD, and Zev Rymer, MD, PhD), Northwestern University.

James A. Doubler. (1982) “An Analysis of Extended Physiological Proprioception as a Control Technique for Upper-Extremity Prostheses,” Doctoral Dissertation, Electrical Engineering, Northwestern University.

Clinton D. Gibler. (1981) “Linguistic and Human Performance Considerations in the Design of an Anticipatory Communication Aid,” Doctoral Dissertation, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University.

Steven A. Gard, PhD, with biomedical engineer graduate, William Brett (BJ) Johnson, PhD (right)  

Steven A. Gard, PhD, with 2011 biomedical engineering graduate, William Brett (BJ) Johnson, PhD (right).

Steven A. Gard, PhD (center) with 2013 biomedical engineering graduates Sara Koehler, PhD (left) and Angelika Zissimopoulos, PhD (right)  

Steven A. Gard, PhD (center) with 2013 biomedical engineering graduates Sara Koehler, PhD (left) and Angelika Zissimopoulos, PhD (right.)