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Michele Grimm

Professor Wielenga Creative Engineering

Mechanical Engineering (ME), College of Engineering

Professor - Biomedical Engineering (BME) in the College of Engineering

Engineering Bldg, 428 S Shaw Ln Rm 2450


A significant portion of Dr. Grimm's research has involved injury biomechanics - from characterizing important tissue properties to developing appropriate models for the assessment of injury mechanisms. For the past 15 years, that work has focused on the biomechanics of neonatal brachial plexus injuries. She has had the privilege of working with obstetricians to develop computer models of a process ... for which patient-based clinical studies are not appropriate. The work has provided an understanding of the pathomechanics of this injury, supporting the results that have been found through epidemiological and case study-based research. She recently served on the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Task Force on Neonatal Brachial Plexus Palsy, which was charged with compiling the current state of evidence in the area of NBPP (with a focus on the cause of the injury) and identifying key gaps in knowledge in the area.

Before coming to MSU, Dr. Grimm spent almost 25 years on the faculty of Wayne State University, where she developed and implemented graduate and undergraduate programs in biomedical engineering as well as a new department of biomedical engineering. She held administrative positions ranging from Undergraduate Program Chair and Graduate Program Chair to Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. She was also the founding Director of the Transfer Student Success Center for the university.

Immediately preceding her start at MSU, Dr. Grimm served as a Program Director at the National Science Foundation for three years — first for the Engineering of Biomedical Systems and Disability & Rehabilitation Engineering Programs (2016-2018) and the Biomechanics and Mechanobiology Program (2018-2019).

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Ph.D. in Bioengineering, University of Pennsylvania May 1995

M.S. in Bioengineering, University of Pennsylvania May 1992

B.S. in Biomedical Engineering and Engineering Mechanics with Departmental Honors, The Johns Hopkins University May 1990. (Minor in French)


Theo C Pilkington Outstanding Educator Award, Biomedical Engineering Division of ASEE, 2019

Elected Fellow, Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES), 2018

Elected Fellow, American Institute of Medical & Biological Engineering (AIMBE), 2018

SAE Faculty Advisor Award, 2016 (National-level Award)


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Mays, E., Troutman, V.A., Grimm, G.W.J., Pollack, E.R., and Grimm, M.J., “Work-in-Progress: Creative Biomechanics Project using an Interactive Digital Experience as an Alternative Laboratory (IDEAL) – Phase 2,” ASEE, 3 pages, Accepted, 2021.

Pollack, E.R., Sarrafian, G., and Grimm, M.J., “What do Mechanical Engineers Do? A Content Analysis of Mechanical Engineering Job Descriptions,” ASEE, 16 pages, Accepted, 2021.

Troutman, V.A., and Grimm, M.J., “Interactive Digital Experience as an Alternative Laboratory (IDEAL): Creative Investigation of Forensic Biomechanics,” Journal of Applied Biomechanics, 32(2):163-170, 2021 (DOI: 10.1123/jab.2020-0171).

Grimm, M.J., “Forces Involved with Labor and Delivery – A Biomechanical Perspective,” Annals of Biomedical Engineering, online ahead of print, 2021 (DOI: 10.1007/s10439-020-02718-3).


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