Biomechatronics, Assistive Devices, Gait Engineering, and Rehabilitation Laboratory

Kieran Nichols


PhD Candidate – Mechanical Engineering
UW BADGER Lab Member: June 2017 – Present

B.S. – Kinesiology, Pennsylvania State University
M.S. – Kinesiology and Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison

In the BADGER Lab, Kieran works on investigating the functionalities of the Variable Stiffness Foot (VSF) and Two Axis aDaptable Ankle (TADA) using the tools of motion capture with passive reflective markers, Xsens inertial measurement units, IPECS load cell, and force plates.  His broader interests are in prosthetic design/control and angular momentum characteristics in human walking.

Prior to joining the lab, Kieran did his Master’s work through the UW’s Neuromuscular Coordination Lab, where he investigated frequency dependent force characteristics in human standing.  He also helped teach Introduction to Biomechanics in the Kinesiology Department.  Following the completion of his PhD, Kieran plans to work in robotics or prosthetics research and development.

In his free time, Kieran is involved in the UW Gymnastics Club.  He also enjoys cooking and parkouring.

Projects and Presentations: ASB 2020 contribution