M. Barbara Silver-Thorn, Ph.D.

Barbara Silver-Thorn

Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering & Mechanical Engineering
Secondary Appointment, Orthopaedic Surgery
Engineering Hall 313
(414) 288-3608
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Research interests

  • Gait
  • Prosthetic and orthotic devices
  • Biomechanics
  • Rehabilitation engineering

Professional preparation

Post-doctoral, 1991-1992, Orthopaedic Surgery, Northwestern University
Ph.D., 1991, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University
M.S., 1987, Chemical, Bio & Materials Engineering, Arizona State University
B.S., 1985, Chemical Engineering, Northwestern University

Selected recent publications

Eckman E, Williams MA, Silver-Thorn MB: An Integrated Model for STEM Teacher Preparation: The Value of a Teaching Co-operative Educational Experience, Journal of STEM Teacher Education, Spring 2016.

Farmer S, Silver-Thorn MB, Voglewede PA, Beardsley SA: Within-Socket Myoelectric Prediction of Continuous Ankle Kinematics for Control of a Powered Transtibial Prosthesis, J Neural Engineering, 11(5), Sept 2014 .

Telwak M, Voglewede P, Silver-Thorn MB: Determination of Optimal Counter-Mass Location in Active Prostheses for Trans-Femoral Amputees, ASME Journal of Medical Devices, 8(4):1-7.

Silver-Thorn MB, Gallagher M, Long J: Effect of Tilt Sensor versus Heel Loading on Stimulation Timing and Reliability for Individuals Post-Stroke using a Neuroprosthesis during Level and non-Level Treadmill Walking, International Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 1(8), Nov 2013.

Choren, JA, Heinrich SM, Silver-Thorn MB: Mechanical Property-Porosity Relationships: a Comparative Review, Journal of Materials Science, 48:5103-5112, Apr 2013.

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Recent Grants

Silver-Thorn, M Barbara (Principal), S Beardsley (Co-Principal), P Voglewede (Co-Principal), "Dynamic EMG Control of Powered Below-Knee Prostheses," Sponsored by College of Engineering SEED Program. (2016)

Silver-Thorn, M Barbara (Principal), T Current (Co-Principal),"Design, Fabrication and Testing of a Novel Orthotic Ankle Joint," Sponsored by Marquette College of Engineering UG Research Program. (2016)

Silver-Thorn, M Barbara (Principal), Seifert, Paul (Co-Principal), Kemmerer, Michael (Principal), "Design and Construction of Immersive Virtual Reality to Investigate Bicycle Pedal Designs for Lower Extremity Amputees," Sponsored by Marquette College of Engineering UG Research Program.(August 31, 2015 - May 2, 2016)

Silver-Thorn, M Barbara (Principal), S Beardsley (Co-Principal), P Voglewede (Co-Principal), "Kinetic and Energy Costs Assessment during Human Movement," Sponsored by Marquette University College of Engineering. (2015)

Silver-Thorn, M Barbara (Principal), "Biomechanical function of the acetabular labrum of the hip joint," Sponsored by MU Regular Research Grant and Summer Faculty Fellowship. (2015).

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