i am a biomechanical engineer with a passion for teaching and improving people’s lives through rehabilitation technology.
I am motivated by real clinical problems and seek translational solutions that will have an impact on people’s lives. My research focuses on the control, optimization, and evaluation of assistive robotic devices, such as prostheses and exoskeletons. I am interested in developing new controllers to facilitate learning and improve biomechanical outcomes in those with motor impairments. I am also interested in using wearable sensors to estimate physiological quantities, like effort, comfort, or metabolic cost, and incorporating these quantities into device controllers.
I am interested in pursuing a career as a tenure-track faculty member, where I will be able to run a research group, teach undergraduate and graduate courses, and mentor doctoral students.
graduate student research assistant — university of michigan — ann arbor, MI
2015 - Present
Neurobionics Laboratory — Director: Elliott Rouse
Robotics & Motion Laboratory — Director: C. David Remy
Human Neuromechanics Laboratory — Director: Daniel Ferris
research engineer — SHIRLEY RYAN ABILITYLAB (FORMERLY rehabilitation institute of chicago) — chicago, IL
2012 - 2015
Center for Bionic Medicine — Center Director: Levi Hargrove, Manager: Annie Simon, Center Director Emeritus: Todd Kuiken
research intern — SHIRLEY RYAN ABILITYLAB (FORMERLY rehabilitation institute of chicago) — chicago, IL
Summer 2011, Summer 2012
skills + expertise
programming (matlab, python)
metabolic energy expenditure
technical writing (including grants)
Ingraham, K. A., Ferris, D. P. & Remy, C. D. Evaluating physiological signal salience for estimating metabolic energy cost from wearable sensors. Journal of Applied Physiology, 126, 717–729. Read it here.
Ingraham, K. A., Choi, H., Gardinier, E. S., Remy, C. D. & Gates, D. H. Choosing appropriate prosthetic ankle work to reduce the metabolic cost of individuals with transtibial amputation. Scientific Reports, 8, 15303. Read it here.
Ingraham, K. A., Fey, N. P., Simon, A. M, and Hargrove, L. J. Assessing the relative contributions of active ankle and knee assistance on the walking mechanics of transfemoral amputees using a powered prosthesis. PLoS One, 11(1), e0147661. Read it here.
teaching + mentorship
graduate student instructor & guest lecturer — introduction to dynamics and vibrations — university of michigan — ann arbor, MI
As a graduate student instructor, I held 8-10 hours of tutoring sessions/office hours per week which were open to all 250 students enrolled in the course. In our 95 student lecture section, I constructed and led weekly hour-long active learning exercises, participated in teaching every lecture, and wrote and graded exam questions. I served as a guest lecturer multiple times throughout the semester when Professor Alex Shorter was unavailable.
undergraduate research mentor — university of michigan — ann arbor, MI
2017 - Present
Formally, I mentored an undergraduate student who was conducting research for credit. Her project, developing dynamic models of heart rate response during physical activities, culminated in her presentation at the departmental Research, Innovation, Service, and Entrepreneurship (RISE) Symposium. Informally, I have advised and mentored numerous undergraduate students in experimental study design, data collection, data processing, and scientific writing.
I have always enjoyed volunteering, especially working with children. My collegiate service activities mainly focused on accessibility and serving individuals with disabilities. My favorite projects were adapting battery-operated toys to be switch-operated for children with mobility challenges (Nashville, TN), and traveling to Israel for a 72-hour Make-a-Thon, where we fabricated a 3D-printed prosthetic hand for a young boy (Nazareth, Israel). Every year of college, I spent spring break volunteering with Alternative Spring Break.
Since moving to Michigan, I have worked with organizations focused on educational accessibility and reducing the educational gaps based on gender or socioeconomic status. I have tutored weekly in Ypsilanti, MI with an organization called 826 Michigan, a non-profit writing and learning center. I have also volunteered as a group leader for FEMMES Weekend Capstones, in which groups of young diverse girls spend a day engaged with hands-on and interactive activities focused on the STEM fields.
here are some of my favorite organizations:
university of michigan — ann arbor, mi
Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering
Expected Graduation 2020
UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN — ANN ARBOR, mi
M.S. Mechanical Engineering
vanderbilt university — nashville, tn
B.E. Biomedical Engineering
UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
2016 — National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship
rehabilitation institute of chicago
2015 — Military Health System Research Symposium Outstanding Research Accomplishment Team Award
2012 — School of Engineering Dean’s Award for Outstanding Scholarship
2010-2012 — W.D. Seyfried Honor Scholarship
2008-2012 — Dean’s List