Michele J. Grimm

Michele Grimm

Michele J. Grimm

Wielenga Creative Engineering Endowed Professor


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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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)
Executive Leadership in Academic Technology & Engineering (ELATE) Fellow, 2015 - 2016
Excellence in Teaching Award, College of Engineering, Wayne State University, 2012
Elected Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), 2011
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)
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).
Chen, S. and Grimm, M.J., “Childbirth Computational Models: Characteristics and Applications,” Journal of Biomechanical Engineering, 143(5):050801 (DOI: 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).
Pollack, E.R., Recktenwald, G., and Grimm, M.J., “Effects of Note Formatting On Student Learning – Implications For Accessibility and Diverse Minds,” ASEE, 9 pages, 2020 (https://peer.asee.org/34509).
Recktenwald, G., Grimm, M.J., Averill, R., and Roccabianca, S., “Effects of a New Assessment Model on Female and Underrepresented Minority Students,” ASEE, 9 pages, 2020 (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).
Grimm, M.J., “Engineering and Women’s Health – A Slow Start but Gaining Momentum,” Interface Focus (special issue on Engineering and Women’s Health), 2019 (DOI: 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.
Grimm, M.J., “Maternal Endogenous Forces and Shoulder Dystocia,” Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology, 59(4):820-829, 2016
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.
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.
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.
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