Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering’s Schmiedeler to participate in U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium

by William G. Gilroy

James Schmiedeler

James Schmiedeler, associate professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering at the University of Notre Dame, is one of 88 of the nation’s brightest young engineers who have been selected to take part in the National Academy of Engineering’s (NAE) 15th annual U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium.

Engineers ages 30 to 45 who are performing exceptional engineering and technical work in a variety of disciplines will attend the event from Sept. 10 to 12 at the National Academies’ Beckman Center at the University of California, Irvine. The participants, who are drawn from academia, industry and government, were nominated by fellow engineers or organizations. The symposium participants will examine engineering tools for scientific discovery, engineering the health care delivery system, nano/micro photonics and new applications and resilient and sustainable infrastructures.

Schmiedeler, who joined the Notre Dame faculty in 2008 from Ohio State University, conducts his research in the Locomotion and Biomechanics Laboratory. His research interests fall broadly into the areas of kinematics, dynamics and machine design, particularly as applied to the development of robotic systems and an understanding of human motor coordination.

Schmiedeler’s current work focuses on biped robot locomotion, human recovery from stroke and spinal cord injury, robot-assisted rehabilitation, human impact injury biomechanics, and the design of shape-changing mechanisms.