Michele J Grimm

Michele J Grimm

Dean of the College of Nanotechnology, Science, and Engineering; Professor
College of Nanotechnology, Science, and Engineering


ETEC 113D2

BS, Biomedical Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, The Johns Hopkins University, 1990

MS, Bioengineering, University of Pennsylvania, 1992

PhD, Bioengineering, University of Pennsylvania, 1995

Dean Michele Grimm

Dean Grimm joined the University at Albany in August 2022. Prior to joining UAlbany, she was the Wielenga Creative Engineering Endowed Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering at Michigan State University. She previously spent 25 years at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI, where she established the undergraduate and graduate programs in biomedical engineering as well as the Department of Biomedical Engineering.

From 2016 through 2019, Dean Grimm served as Program Director at the National Science Foundation for three programs within the Engineering Directorate: Disability and Rehabilitation Engineering (DARE), Engineering of Biomedical Systems (EBMS) and Biomechanics and Mechanobiology (BMMB). She is an elected Fellow in the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES).


Research Interests

  • Mechanisms of injury in neonatal brachial plexus palsy
  • Tissue biomechanics
  • Engineering education



Refereed Publications
Ye, C., Li, W., Li, Z., Maguluri, G., Grimble, J., Bonatt, J., Miske, J., Iftimia, N., Lin, S., Grimm, M., “Smart Steering Sleeve (S3): A Non-Intrusive and Integrative Sensing Platform for Driver Physiological Monitoring,” Sensors, Accepted, 2022.

Chen, S., Routzong, M.R., Abramowitch, S.D., and Grimm, M.J., “A Computational Procedure to Derive the Curve of Carus for Childbirth Computational Modeling,” Journal of Biomechanical Engineering, 145(1):011002, 2023 (https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4055108).

Grimm, M., Averill, R., Roccabianca, S., and Recktenwald, G., “The Differing Impact of a New Assessment Framework on Student Success – The Effect of Socioeconomic Factors,” ASEE, 9 pages, 2022 (https://peer.asee.org/41628).

Billiar, K., Gaver, D.P., Barbee, J., Singh, A., DesJardins, J.D., Pruitt, B., Tranquillo, J., Gaudette, G., Winkelstein, B., Makowski, L., Amos, J.R., Saterbak, A., LeDoux, J., Helmke, B., Grimm, M., Benkeser, P., Dourte Segan, L., Pfiseter, B., Meaney, D., Arinzeh, T., Margulies, S., Learning Environments and Evidence-Based Practices in Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering,” Biomedical Engineering Education, 2022 (https://doi.org/10.1007/s43683-021-00062-z).

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, 2021 (https://peer.asee.org/38134).

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, 2021 (https://peer.asee.org/38040).

Troutman, V.A., and Grimm, M.J., “Interactive Digital Experience as an Alternative Laboratory (IDEAL): Creative Investigation of Forensic Biomechanics,” Journal of Applied Biomechanics, Online ahead of Print, 2021 (DOI: 10.1123/jab.2020-0171<https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/doi.org/10.1123/jab.2020-0171__;!!HXCxUKc!gzzOiWEaEpWH1BC33WbTVxTMiXA9_KWEmyo__CZdDNLONLaLxLu80o2HhyCohQ$>).

Grimm, M.J., “Forces Involved with Labor and Delivery – A Biomechanical Perspective,” Annals of Biomedical Engineering, 49:1819-1835, 2021 (Invited) (DOI: 10.1007/s10439-020-02718-3<https://doi.org/10.1007/s10439-020-02718-3>).

Chen, S. and Grimm, M.J., “Childbirth Computational Models: Characteristics and Applications,” Journal of Biomechanical Engineering, 143(5):050801, 2021 (DOI: 10.1115/1.4049226<https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4049226>).

Grimm, M.J., “Design as a Feature of BME Education – Satisfying ABET and Preparing Students to Address Clinical Needs,” Journal of Biomechanical Engineering, 142(11):110802, 2020 (DOI: 10.1115/1.4047219<https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4047219>).

Pollack, E.R., Recktenwald, G., and Grimm, M.J., “Effects of Note Formatting on Student Learning – Implications For Accessibility And Diverse Minds,” ASEE, 10 pages, 2020 (DOI: 10.18260/1-2--34509, https://peer.asee.org/34509).

Recktenwald, G., Grimm, M.J., Averill, R., and Roccabianca, S., “Effects of a New Assessment Model on Female Engineering Student Performance,” ASEE, 9 pages, 2020 (DOI: 10.18260/1-2--34507, https://peer.asee.org/34507).

King, A.I., and Grimm, M.J., “Herbert R. Lissner – The Father of Impact Biomechanics,” Journal of Biomechanical Engineering, 142(3):030801-1-6, 2020 (DOI: 10.1115/1.4046299<https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4046299>).

Grimm, M.J., “Engineering and Women’s Health – A Slow Start but Gaining Momentum,” Interface Focus (special issue on Engineering and Women’s Health), 9(4) 20090017, 2019 (DOI: 10.1098/rsfs.2019.0017<https://doi.org/10.1098/rsfs.2019.0017>).

Rose, L.F., Wolf, E.J., Brindle, T., Cernich, A., Dean, W.K., Dearth, C.L., Grimm, M., Kusiak, A., Nitkin, R., Potter, K., Randolph, B.J., Wang F., and Yamaguchi, D., “The Convergence of Regenerative Medicine and Rehabilitation: Federal Perspectives,” Nature Regenerative Medicine, 3:19 (pages 1-7), 2018 (DOI: 10.1038/s41536-018-0056-1<https://doi.org/10.1038/s41536-018-0056-1>).

Grimm, M.J., “Maternal Endogenous Forces and Shoulder Dystocia,” Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology, 59(4):820-829, 2016 (Invited) (DOI: 10.1097/GRF.0000000000000230<https://doi.org/10.1097/GRF.0000000000000230>).

Gherman, R.B., Chauhan, S.P., Clark, S.L., Gonik, B., Grimm, M.J., Grobman, W.A., Ouzounian, J.G., Yang, L.J., Goldsmith, J.P., Senikas, V., Breeden, J.T., Burkman, R.T., Chescheir, N.C., Hill, W.C., Hornyak, J.E., Houtrow, A., Michaud, L.J., Nelson, V.S., Rouse, D.J., Scott, J.R., Stubblefield, E.T., Strunk, A.L., Klagholz, J.C., and Lumalcuri, J., “Executive Summary: Neonatal Brachial Plexus Palsy,” Obstetrics and Gynecology, 123(4):902-904, 2014 (DOI: 10.1097/01.AOG.0000445582.43112.9a<https://doi.org/10.1097/01.AOG.0000445582.43112.9a>).

Ahadi, G., Welch, C., Grimm, M., Fisher, D., Zadicario, E., Ernstrom, K., Voie, A., and Hoelscher, T., “Transcranial Sonothrombolysis Using High Intensity Focused Ultrasound: Impact of Increasing Output Power on Clot Weight Loss and Clot Fragmentation” Journal of Therapeutic Ultrasound, 1:22, 2013, (DOI: 10.1186/2050-5736-1-22<https://doi.org/10.1186/2050-5736-1-22>)

Gonik, B., and Grimm, M.J., “Response to ‘Analysis of Shoulder Dystocia Maneuvers Using a Computer Model’,” American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 204(6):e14-e15, 2011, (DOI: 10.1016/j.ajog.2010.12.031<https://doi-org.proxy1.cl.msu.edu/10.1016/j.ajog.2010.12.031>)

Grimm, M.J., Costello, R., and Gonik, B., “Effect of Clinician-Applied Maneuvers on Brachial Plexus Stretch during a Shoulder Dystocia Event: Assessment through Computer Modeling,” American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 203(4):339.e1-5, 2010 (DOI: 10.1016/j.ajog.2010.05.002<https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajog.2010.05.002>).

Amenson, T.T., Begeman, P.C., Melvin, J.W., and Grimm, M.J., “Development of the MADYMO Race Car Driver Model for Frontal Impact Simulation and Thoracolumbar Spine Injury Prediction in Indianapolis-type Racing Car Drivers,” SAE Paper 2008-01-2975, 2008 Motorsports Engineering Conference, December, 2008 (DOI: 10.4271/2008-01-2975<https://doi.org/10.4271/2008-01-2975>).

Yeni, Y.N., Shaffer, R.R., Baker, K.C., Dong, X.N., Grimm, M.J., Les, C.M., and Fyhrie, D.P., “The Effect of Yield Damage on the Viscoelastic Properties of Cortical Bone Tissue as Measured by Dynamic Mechanical Analysis,” Journal of Biomedical Materials Research, 82(3):530-537, 2007 (DOI: 10.1002/jbm.a.31169<https://doi.org/10.1002/jbm.a.31169>).

Grimm, M.J., “An Engineering Bridge Program: Improving the Success Rate of Under-Prepared Students in Engineering.” ASEE, AC2007-1503, 12.206.1-12.206.12, 2007 (DOI: 10.18260/1-2--2317, https://peer.asee.org/2317).

Troxel, T.B., Melvin, J.W., Begeman, P.C., and Grimm, M.J., “Biomechanical Investigation of Thoracolumbar Spine Fractures in Indianapolis-type Racing Car Drivers during Frontal Impacts,” SAE Paper 06MSEC-18, 2006 Motorsports Engineering Conference, December, 2006 (DOI: 10.4271/2006-01-3633<https://doi.org/10.4271/2006-01-3633>).

Lippert, S.A., and Grimm, M.J., “High Frequency Mechanical Properties of Brain Tissue,” Biorheology, 41(6):681-691, 2004 (https://content.iospress.com/articles/biorheology/bir345).

Gonik, B., and Grimm, M., “Response to ‘Computer Modeling of Shoulder Dystocia,” American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 190(6):1805, 2004 (DOI: 10.1016/j.ajog.2004.01.088<https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajog.2004.01.088>).

Gonik, B., Zhang, N., Grimm, M.J., “Prediction of Brachial Plexus Stretching During Shoulder Dystocia Using a Computer Simulation Model,” American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 189(4):1168-1172, 2003 (DOI: 10.1067/s0002-9378(03)00578-7<https://doi.org/10.1067/s0002-9378(03)00578-7>).

Markel, D.C., Critchfield, J., Chaffin, A., Wooley, P.H., and Grimm, M.J., “Cement Pressurization after Provisional Repair of Femoral Cortical Defects,” American Journal of Orthopedics, 32(5):229-233, 2003.

Gonik, B., Zhang, N., Grimm, M.J., “Defining Forces Associated with Shoulder Dystocia: Use of a Mathematical Dynamics Computer Model (MADYMO),” American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 188(4):1068-1072, 2003 (DOI: 10.1067/mob.2003.250<https://doi.org/10.1067/mob.2003.250>).

Lippert, S.A., Rang, E.M., and Grimm, M.J. “The ‘Wave-In-A-Tube’ Method for Estimation of Mechanical Properties of Viscoelastic Materials Using Ultrasound,” Journal of Materials Testing, 31(1):73-75, 2003.
Markel, D., Hora, N., and Grimm, M.J., “Initial Press-Fit Stability of Porous Coated Acetabular Cups,” International Orthopaedics, 26(2):72-75, 2002.

Cao, K., Grimm, M.J, and Yang, K.H., “Load Sharing within the Human Lumbar Vertebral Body Using Finite Element Method,” Spine, 26:E253-E260, 2001 (DOI: 10.1097/00007632-200106150-00011<https://doi.org/10.1097/00007632-200106150-00011>).

Gonik, B., and Grimm, M.J., “Response to ‘A Problematic Model to Predict Intrauterine Forces During Shoulder Dystocia’,” American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 184(3):516-517, 2001 (DOI:10.1067/mob.2001.110533<https://doi.org/10.1067/mob.2001.110533>).

Baltzer, A.W., Lattermann, C., Whalen ,.JD., Wooley, P., Weiss, K., Grimm, M., Ghivizzani, S.C., Robbins, P.D., Evans, C.H., “Genetic Enhancement of Fracture Repair: Healing of an Experimental Segmental Defect by Adenoviral Transfer of the BMP-2 Gene,” Gene Therapy 7(9):734-9, 2000 (DOI: 10.1038/sj.gt.3301166<https://doi.org/10.1038/sj.gt.3301166>).

Sohn, R.L., Murray, M.T., Franko, A., Hwang, P.K., Dulchavsky, S.A., Grimm, M.J.. “Detection of Surgical Glove Integrity,” American Surgeon. 66(3):302-6, 2000.

Gonik, B., Walker, A., Grimm, M., “Mathematical Modeling of Forces Associated with Shoulder Dystocia: A Comparison of Endogenous Versus Exogenous Sources,” American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 182(3):689-691, 2000 (DOI: 10.1067/mob.2000.104214<https://doi.org/10.1067/mob.2000.104214>).

Hora, N., Haynes, A., Markel, D.C., Grimm, M.J., “Biomechanical Analysis of Supracondylar Femoral Fractures Fixed with Modern Retrograde Intramedullary Nails,” Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma, 13(8):539-544, 1999 (DOI: 10.1097/00005131-199911000-00004<https://doi.org/10.1097/00005131-199911000-00004>).

Demetropoulos, C.K., Yang, K.H., Grimm, M.J., Artham, K., King, A.I., “High Rate Mechanical Properties of the Hybrid III and Cadaveric Lumbar Spines in Flexion and Extension,” 43rd Stapp Car Crash Conference, pp. 279-294, 1999 (DOI: 10.4271/99SC18<https://doi.org/10.4271/99SC18>).

Demetropoulos, C.K., Yang, K.H., Grimm, M.J., Khalil, T.B., King, A.I., “Mechanical Properties of the Cadaveric and Hybrid III Lumbar Spines,” SAE Paper 98S-49, Stapp Car Crash Conference, November 1998 (https://www.jstor.org/stable/44741242).

Grimm, M.J., Williams, J.L., “Assessment of ‘Bone Quality’ From Ultrasound Attenuation and Velocity Measurements in the In Situ Heel and Calcaneal Trabecular Bone,” Clinical Biomechanics, 12(5):281-285, 1997 (DOI:10.1016/S0268-0033(97)00014-4).<https://doi.org/10.1016/S0268-0033(97)00014-4>

Grimm, M.J., Williams, J.L., “Measurements of Permeability in Human Calcaneal Trabecular Bone,” Journal of Biomechanics, 30(7):743-745, 1997 (DOI: 10.1016/s0021-9290(97)00016-x<https://doi.org/10.1016/s0021-9290(97)00016-x>).

Wehrli, F.W., Ford, J.C., Chung, H.-W., Wehrli, S.L., Williams, J.L., Grimm, M.J., Kugelmass, S.D., and Hara, J., “Potential Role of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance for the Evaluation of Trabecular Bone Quality”, Calcified Tissue International, 53(S1):S162-S169, 1993 (DOI: 10.1007/BF01673429<https://doi.org/10.1007/BF01673429>).

Rodriguez, E.K., Hunter, W.C., Royce, M.J., Leppo, M.K., Douglas, A.S., Weisman, H.K., “A Method to Reconstruct Myocardial Sarcomere Lengths and Orientations at Transmural Sites in Beating Canine Hearts,” American Journal of Physiology, 263(1 Pt. 2): H293-306, 1992 (DOI: 10.1152/ajpheart.1992.263.1.H293<applewebdata://5E8AC879-D7EF-4F70-9F9B-5374AD3C4981/10.1152/ajpheart.1992.263.1.H293>).

Neonatal Brachial Plexus Palsy, Task Force on Neonatal Brachial Plexus Palsy, American College for Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Washington DC, 2014 (119 pages) (ISBN 978-1-934984-38-3)

Peer reviewed; Primary author of Chapter 3: Pathophysiology and Causation, co-author of 3 additional chapters with 1-3 other authors

Book Chapters
Royce, M.J., Royce, S.M., and Grimm, M.J., “Ergonomics,” In Learn and Compete – A Primer for Formula SAE/Student and Hybrid Teams, 2nd Ed., (Edited by M.J. Royce and S.M. Royce), Racecar Graphic Limited, London, 2022.

Grimm, M.J., “Orthopaedic Biomaterials,” In Biomedical Engineering Design Handbook, 3rd Ed. (Edited by M. Kutz), McGraw-Hill, New York, In Press.

Royce, M.J., Royce, S.M., and Grimm, M.J., “Ergonomics,” In Learn and Compete – A Primer for Formula SAE/Student and Hybrid Teams, (Edited by M.J. Royce, S.M. Royce, and W. Kimberley), Racecar Graphic Limited, London, 2012 (ISBN: 978-0953352470).

Grimm, M.J., and Costello, R.E., “Biomechanics of Birth-Related Brachial Plexus Injuries,” In Pathomechanics of Injury and Disease and Mechanophysiology of Healing, (Edited by Amit Gefen), Research Signpost, Kerala, India, pp 93-141, 2009 (Peer Reviewed), (ISBN: 978-8130803142).

Grimm, M.J., “Orthopaedic Biomaterials,” In Biomedical Engineering Design Handbook, Vol. 1, 2nd Ed. (Edited by M. Kutz), McGraw-Hill, New York, pp. 421-444, 2009 (ISBN: 978-0071498388).

Wooley, P.H., Radin, E., and Grimm, M.J., “The Structure and Function of Joints,” In Arthritis and Allied Conditions (Edited by W.J. Koopman and L. Moreland), Lippincott, Williams, & Wilkins, 2004 (ISBN: 978-0-78-174671-7).

Grimm, M.J., “Selection of Materials for Biomedical Applications,” In Handbook of Materials Selection (Edited by Kutz, M.), Wiley and Sons, New York, pp. 1165-1194, 2002 (ISBN: 978-0471359241).

Grimm, M.J., “Orthopaedic Biomaterials,” In Standard Handbook for Biomedical Engineering and Design (Edited by Kutz, M.), McGraw-Hill, New York, pp. 15.1-15.45, 2002 (ISBN: 978-0071356374).

Williams, J.L, Grimm, M.J., Foster, K.R., Wehrli, F.W., Chung, H.-W., “Prediction of Frequency and Pore Size Dependent Attenuation of Ultrasound in Trabecular Bone Using Biot’s Theory,” In Mechanics of Poroelasticity (Edited by Salvadurai, A.P.S.), Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrech, The Netherlands, pp. 263-271, 1996 (ISBN: 9780792333296)

Conference Papers
Grimm, M.J., “Current State of the Science – Causation of Neonatal Brachial Plexus Palsy,” DRI Seminar: Medical Liability and Health Care Law, Nashville, TN, March 2019 (Invited).

Published Reports
Global Roadmap for Healthy Longevity: Consensus Study Report, National Academy of Medicine, Washington, DC, 2022 (275 pages) (https://doi.org/10.17226/26144).

Emerging Technologies to Support an Aging Population, National Science & Technology Council, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, Washington DC, 2019 (38 pages) – Task Force Co-Chair (https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Emerging-Tech-to-Support-Aging-2019.pdf).