Megan Conrad

Megan Conrad

Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor

Megan Conrad
Contact Info:
Campus: McNichols Campus
Building: Engineering
Room: 274
Phone: 313-993-1506
Megan Conrad


  • Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering, Marquette University, 2009
  • M.S.E. in Systems Engineering, University of Pennsylvania, 2003
  • B.S. in Industrial Engineering, Marquette University, 2001


Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering teaches Science of Materials and Capstone Design. Prior to joining UDM she was an Assistant Professor at Oakland University where she led the Ergonomics and Human Performance Lab. She received a PhD in biomedical engineering at Marquette University before completing a postdoc studying Hand Rehabilitation at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (now the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab). She also spent two years working at Lockheed Martin Corp in the naval electronics division.

Research Interests:

Research interests are centered around the assessment of human performance in healthy and disabled populations as it pertains to therapy, work and product design. Specifically, she studies hand and arm function with the goal of identifying techniques that will allow elderly and disabled individuals to remain independent at home and work. Topics of interest: Assistive Technology, Ergonomics, Biomechanics, Neuromechanics.

Teaching Experience:

UD-Mercy (2017-present), Capstone Design and Science of Materials

Oakland University (2012-2017), Ergonomics and Work Design, Human Factors Engineering, Occupational Biomechanics, Introduction to Industrial and Systems Engineering

Illinois Institute of Technology (2010-2012), Biomedical Engineering Applications of MATLAB

Selected Publications:

A complete list of publications can be accessed at

Conrad MO, Qiu D, Hoffmann G, Zhou P and Kamper DG. Analysis of muscle fiber conduction velocity during finger flexion and extension after stroke. Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation. 24(4), 2017.

Hoffmann G, Conrad MO, Qiu D and Kamper DG. Contributions of voluntary activation deficits to hand weakness after stroke. Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation. 23(6), 2016.

Conrad MO, Gadhoke B, Scheidt RA and Schmit BD. Effect of Tendon Vibration on Hemiparetic Arm Stability in Unstable Workspaces. PloS ONE. 10(12), 2015.

Pandey V and Conrad M. Decision-Based Universal Design-Using Copulas to Model Disability. SAE Technical Paper 01-0418, 2015.

Conrad MO and Marklin RW. Evaluation of Forearm Muscle Fatigue from Operating a Motorcycle Clutch. J Ergonomics. S4(006), 2014.

Conrad MO and Kamper DG. Isokinetic strength and power deficits in the hand following stroke. Clin Neurophysiol. 123(6), 2012.