Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Northwestern University Prosthetics-Orthotics Center

Master's Theses

Curran, Thomas (2016). "The Effects of Foot-Ankle Components on the Mechanical Properties of Dynamic Response Prosthetic Feet". Master's Thesis, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University. 

McConn, Suzanne (2016). "Prosthetic Influence on Gait Stability in Individuals with Upper Limb Loss. Master's Thesis, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University. 

Robillard, Brian. (2014). "Design of a Process for Fabricating Prosthetic Sockets with Additive Manufacturing Technology", Master’s Thesis, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University.

Wood, Sean. (2011). "Vacuum Pump Characterization and Development", BS/MS Thesis, Mechanical Engineering, Northwestern University.

Nickel, Eric. (2010). “Further Development of an Adaptable Prosthetic Ankle Unit”, Master’s Thesis, Biomedical Engineering,Northwestern University.

Boutwell, Erin. (2009)."Study of Residual Limb-Prosthetic Socket Compliance in Transtibial Amputees", Master’s Thesis, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University.

Wang, Charles C. (2009)."Effective Rocker Shapes and Ankle Kinematics of Able-Bodied Persons During Walking, Swaying, and Standing", Master’s Thesis, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University.

Klodd, Elizabeth. (2008)."The Effects of Prosthetic Foot Roll-over Shape Radius on Gait of Unilateral Transtibial Prosthesis Users”, Master’s Thesis, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University.

Johnson, William Brett. (2008).“Preliminary Quantitative Gait Analysis of Reciprocating Gait Orthosis (RGO) Users”, Master’s Thesis, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University.

Williams, Ryan Joseph. (2007)."Prosthetic Foot and Ankle Mechanism Capable of Automatic Adaptation to the Walking Surface", Master’s Thesis, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University.

Zissimopoulos, Angelika Nikole. (2006)."The Biomechanical and Energetic Effects of a Stance-Control Orthotic Knee Joint",Master’s Thesis, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University.

Saha, Devjani. (2006)."The Effect of Trunk Flexion on Standing and Walking", Master’s Thesis, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University.

McNealy, Lexyne L. (2006)."The Effect of Prosthetic Ankle Motion on the Gait of Persons with Bilateral Transfemoral Amputations", Master’s Thesis, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University.

Koehler, Sara R. (2005)."An Investigation of Shock-Absorbing Prosthetic Components for Persons with Transfemoral Amputations",Master’s Thesis, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University.

Su, Po-Fu.(2005). "Bilateral Below Knee (BBK) Amputees with Differential Ankles",Master’s Thesis, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University.

Sensinger, Jonathon. (2005)."Design & Analysis of a Non-backdrivable Series Elastic Actuator for Use in Prostheses",Master’s Thesis, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University.

Ruberte, Lissette. (2004)."Design of a Locking Humeral Rotator for Above-Elbow Prostheses",Master’s Thesis, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University.

Ruhe, Brian. (2004)"The Kinematic Compensatory Motions Employed by Persons with Bilateral Transfemoral Amputations",Master’s Thesis, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University.

Farrell, Todd.(2003)."The Effect of Non-Linearities on Extended Physiological Proprioception (EPP) Control of a Powered Prosthesis",Master’s Thesis, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University.

Ajiboye, Abidemi.(2003)."Investigation of Fuzzy Logic as a Classification Algorithm of EMG for the Control of Multifunctional Myoelectric Prostheses",Master’s Thesis, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University.

Al-Angari, Haitham.(2001)."A Design of Two Degrees of Freedom Microprocessor-Based E.P.P. Position Controller for Upper-Limb Prostheses",Master’s Thesis, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University.

Doering, John.(2000)."Modeling the Michigan Arm to Explain Limit Cycle Behavior",Master’s Thesis, Mechanical Engineering, Northwestern University.

Hungspreugs, Pinata.(2000)."A Computer Based Simulation Tool to Aid in Upper Limb Prosthesis Design",Master’s Thesis, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University.

Miff, Steve.(2000)."The Effect of Step Length, Cadence, and Walking Speed on Gait Kinematics, Kinetics, and Energetics",Master’s Thesis, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University.

Bertos, Georgios.(1999)."A Microprocessor-based EPP Position Controller for Electric-powered Upper-Limb Prostheses",Master’s Thesis, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Northwestern University.

Hansen, Andrew.(1998)."Influence of Prosthetic Foot Mechanics on Alignment of Trans-Tibial Prostheses",Master’s Thesis, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University.

Michaud, Stephanie.(1997)."Prosthetic vs. Standard Walking: Quantitative Observations",Master’s Thesis, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University.

Berkley, Jeffrey.(1997)."Determining Soft Tissue Material Properties for the Purpose of Finite Element Modeling of the Below Knee Amputee Residual Limb",Master’s Thesis, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University.

McCall, Robin.(1996)."Design of a Mechanical Humeral Rotator Locking Mechanism for Trans-Humeral Amputees",Master’s Thesis, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University.

Oslakovic, Keith.(1996)."Finite Analysis of the Donning of a Patellar Tendon Bearing (PTB) Prosthetic Socket",Master’s Thesis, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University.

Visser, Susan E.(1995)."The Human Ambulation Continuum: From Standing to Running",Master’s Thesis, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University.

Borowski, Steve.(1995)."Development of Ultra-Sonic Bone Position Monitor for Limbs Prosthetics/Orthotics Applications",Master’s Thesis, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University.

Licameli, Joseph.(1994)."The Development of a Direct Ultra-Sound Ranging System for Quantification of Human Ambulation",Master’s Thesis, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University.

Miller, Laura A.(1994)."A Biomedical Analysis of a Vertical Compliance Shock Pylon for a Below Knee Amputee System",Master’s Thesis, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University.

Jhoun, Janet.(1993)."Pressure Measuring Transducers and Interface Contact Stresses: Limb Prosthetic Socket Applications",Master’s Thesis, Biomedical Engineering Northwestern University.

Sandifer, Alan.(1993)."An Experimental Evaluation of Footwear Effects on the Performance of Energy Storing Prosthetic Feet",Master’s Thesis, Biomedical Engineering Northwestern University.

Vankoski, Steve.(1992)."A Biomechanical Analysis of the Swing Leg During Stationary Walking and an Assessment of the Control of Its Motion", Master’s Thesis, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University.

Toth, Pamela J. (1991)."Hand Function Differentiation",Master’s Thesis, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University.

Redding, Michael.(1991)."A Computer-based Component Selection and Assessment Tool for the Design of High-Level Upper-Limb Prostheses",Master’s Thesis, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University.

Mitkey, Don.(1991)."Solutions to an Idealized Model of a Hip-Knee System",Master’s Thesis, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University.

Scheiber, Thomas.(1990)."Measurement of the Stability Relative to the Underlying Bone of Skin Fixed Markers at the Lateral Femoral Epicondyle",Master’s Thesis, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University.

Knox, Erick.(1990)."Slip Detection and Automatic Grasping for an Externally-Powered Prehensor",Master’s Thesis, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University.

Gard, Steven.(1990)."A Micropower, Strain Gauge Sampling for Use in Prosthetic Limbs", MS Thesis, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University.

Leh, Chorng-Teh.(1990)."A Gait Analyzer Design Based on the Phase-Locked Techniques and a Simplified Spatial Conducting Path Model",Master’s Thesis, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University.

Weir, Richard Fergus ffrench. (1990). "An Externally-Powered, Myo-Electrically Controlled Synergetic Prosthetic Hand for the Partial-Hand Amputee", Master’s Thesis, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University.

Barkov, Gary. (1989). "The Use of Extended Physiological Proprioception in the Control of a High-Performance Externally-Powered Upper-Extremity Prosthesis", Master’s Thesis, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University.

Kreiter, Kathy. (1989). "The Barograph: Design and Development of an Instrument Used to Measure the Pressure Distribution in Soft Tissues In Vitro", Master’s Thesis, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University.

Mesplay, Kent P. (1987). “An Analysis of Human Control at Five Different Joints as Obtained from an Information Transmission Model of Pursuit Tracking Behavior”, Master’s Thesis, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University.

McMahon, Sarah E. (1987). “A Study of the Initial Knee-Flexion Wave in Human Walking”, Master’s Thesis, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University.

Richmond B. Chan. (1986). “Energy-Time Optimization in Bipedal Locomotion”, Master’s Thesis, Electrical Engineering, Northwestern University.

Shuck, Pamela Y. (1986). “Comparative Kinematic Analysis of Forward and Backward Walking and Its Consideration in the Development of a Dynamic Model for Gait Initiation”, Master’s Thesis, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University.

Doris L. Hawthorne. (1985) “Development and Analysis of a Mathematical Model of Bucking in the Motorized Wheelchair”, Master’s Thesis, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University.

Eugenio P. Dawis. (1985) “Microcomputer-Based Kinematic Coupling of Two Degrees of Freedom in a Prosthetic Arm”, Master’s Thesis, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University.

Steven K. Pownall. (1985) “A Robotic Environmental Control Unit that Aids Someone with a Severe Physical Disability in the Operation of Household Appliances”, Master’s Thesis, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University.

Else M. Mena. (1983) “Pointing Accuracy of the Human Arm: Fixation Experiments”, Master’s Thesis, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University.

Peter T. Dorsher. (1982) “A Touch-Tone Based Telecommunications Aid for the Hearing Impaired”, Master’s Thesis, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University.

Robert L. Van Vorhis. (1982) “Pendular Models of the Swing Phase during Gait: The Canadian-Type Total Limb Prosthesis”, Master’s Thesis, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University.

Joshua S. Rovick. (1982) “Kinematic and Pendular Aspects of Swing-Through Paraplegic Crutch Ambulation”, Master’s Thesis, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University.

Robert A. Weber. (1979) “Design of a Microcomputer Based Guidance Control System for the E&J, Model 33 Powered Wheelchair”, Master’s Thesis, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University.

Craig W. Heckathorne. (1978) “A Study of the Cineplastic Human Biceps: Relationship of the Surface Electromyogram to Force, Length, Velocity and Contraction Rate”, Master’s Thesis, Electrical Engineering, Northwestern University.

Joseph A. Kwak. (1977) “A Zero Crossing Interval Analysis for Isolated Vowel Recognition”, Master’s Thesis, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University.

James A. Doubler (1976) “Sensory Feedback for a Myoelectric Hand Prosthesis”, Master’s Thesis, Electrical Engineering, Northwestern University.

Edward J. Vresilovic, Jr. (1976) “Auto-Stimulation of Paralyzed Muscles”, Master’s Thesis, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University.

Stewart C. Harlow, Jr. (1976) “A Study of Electromyographic Signal Processing for Control”, Master’s Thesis, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University.

Gregory Rombola. (1975) “An Approach to an Assistive Communication System for the Severely Disabled”, Master’s Thesis, Electrical Engineering, Northwestern University.

Thomas Campbell. (1974) “Sensory Feedback in Upper Extremity Prostheses: A Survey and Report on a New Product and Its Potential in Digital Transduction in Feedback Applications”, Master’s Thesis, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University.

John E. Hennessy, Jr. (1972) “Evaluation of Myo-Electric Signals for Stance Phase Control of Knee Prosthesis”, Master’s Thesis, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University.

Jay M. Kaplan. (1971) “Augmented Myo-Sensation: A Preliminary Study”, Master’s Thesis, Electrical Engineering, Northwestern University.

Joseph R. Oranchak. (1968) “An Examination of Motor Unit Control of Prostheses”, Master’s Thesis, Electrical Engineering, Northwestern University.