PhD Candidate, Mechanical Engineering
Faculty advisor: Darryl Thelen, Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Samuel Acuña is third year PhD student in mechanical engineering. He is a member of the UW–Madison Neuromuscular Biomechanics Lab.
The focus of his research is to improve balance and prevent falls in the elderly and those with lower limb neuropathy. He is building insoles and ankle devices to help the nervous system detect sub threshold pressure & proprioceptive signals. In his lab he assesses dynamic balance with virtual reality hallways for their treadmill.
He is also examining muscle activations pre/post physical therapy with a neural stimulator on the tongue.