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Kimberly Bigelow

Professor; Director Mechanical Engineering Graduate Programs; Joint Appointment with Bioengineering Graduate Program; Director Engineering Wellness through Biomechanics Lab

Full-Time Faculty

School of Engineering: Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering


Email: Kimberly Bigelow
Phone: 937-229-2918
Kettering Laboratories Room 365 C


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Selected Publications

  • Smith K, K. Jackson, K. Edginton-Bigelow, and L. Laubach. A multi-directional treadmill training program for improving gait, balance, and mobility in individuals with Parkinson’s disease: A case series. International Journal of Exercise Science. Accepted.
  • Taylor M., E. Sutton, W. Diestelkamp, and K. Edginton Bigelow. (2015, June). Subtle difference during posturography can influence postural sway results: The effects of talking, time prior to data acquisition, and visual fixation Journal of Applied Biomechanics, 31(5). doi:
  • Edginton Bigelow, K. In press. Raising awareness of universal design in an engineering curriculum: Strategies and reflections. Invited chapter in Universal Design in Higher Education: From Principles to Practice – 2nd Edition, ed. Sheryl Burgstahler and Rebecca Cory.
  • Smoot S., K. Jackson, and K. Edginton Bigelow. In press. Using posturography methods to examine the immediate effects of a vestibular swing therapy session on children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: A feasibility study. Physical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics. Currently available on-line. doi:10.3109/01942638.2014.975313
  • Edginton Bigelow, K., and K. Jackson. 2014. The immediate influence of carbon composite ankle foot orthoses on balance and gait in individuals with Peripheral Neuropathy: A pilot study. Journal of Prosthetics and Orthotics 26, no. 4: 220-227.
  • Jackson, K., and K. Edginton Bigelow. 2013. Measures of balance performance are affected by a rested versus fatigued testing condition in people with multiple sclerosis. Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) 5, no. 11: 949-956.
  • Jackson, K., and K. Edginton Bigelow. 2013. Kickboxing: A creative approach to improving balance in patients with MS. Lower Extremity Review. (March). Edginton Bigelow, K. 2012. Designing for success: Developing engineers who consider Universal Design principles. Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability (Just, Usable, Sustainable, Transformational Design Special Issue) 25, no. 3: 211-225.
  • Bigelow, K.E. 2012. Student perspectives in an all-female first-year engineering innovation course. International Journal of Engineering Education: Special Edition for Mudd Design Workshop VIII: Design Education: Innovation and Entrepreneurship 28, no. 2: 286-292.
  • Jackson, K., K. Edginton-Bigelow, C. Cooper, and H. Merriman. 2012. A group kickboxing program for balance, mobility, and quality of life in individuals with multiple sclerosis: A pilot study. Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy 36: 131-137.
  • Jackson, K, K. Edginton-Bigelow, C. Bowshire, M. Weston, and E. Grant. 2012. Feasibility and effects of a group kickboxing program for individuals with multiple sclerosis: A pilot report. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies 16, no. 1: 7-13.
  • Edginton Bigelow, K., and N. Berme. 2011. Development of a protocol for improving the clinical utility of posturography as a fall-risk screening tool. Journal of Gerontology A: Biological and Medical Sciences 66A, no. 2: 228-233.
  • Edginton Bigelow, K. 2010. Utilizing on-line forums within course management systems to create beneficial relationships between first-year students and practicing engineers. Journal of Applications and Practices in Engineering Education 1, no. 2: 70-78.
  • Edginton Bigelow, K. 2010. Reflections of college students promoting engineering through biomechanical outreach activities indicate dual benefits. Proceedings of the 117th Annual American Society of Engineering Education Conference and Exposition.
  • Edginton Bigelow, K., G. Wheatley, and D. Tomasko. 2010. Gains in knowledge and perception of engineering after participation in an engineering design web-experience are gender-dependent. Proceedings of the 117th Annual American Society of Engineering Education Conference and Exposition.
  • Edginton Bigelow, K. 2009. Detrended fluctuation analysis of center of pressure data reveal underlying complexity of postural control. ASME Early Career Technical Journal: Proceedings of the 2009 Early Career Technical Conference 8: 11.1-11.7.
  • Edginton (Bigelow), K.A., and N. Berme. 2008. Usage of fractal analysis in evaluating health and disease. In Technology and Aging: Selected Papers from the 2007 International Conference on Technology and Aging, ed. A. Mihailidis, J. Boger, H. Kautz, and L. Normie, 97-104. Amsterdam: IOS Press.
  • Bigelow, C., K.A. (Bigelow) Edginton, M. Talaty, and N. Berme. 2007. Better fits for lower-limb prosthetics. Proceedings at the Growing Older with a Disability, June 16-19, in Toronto, Canada.
  • Edginton (Bigelow), K.A., H.C. Guler, J.J. Ober, and N. Berme. 2007. Instrumented treadmills: Reducing need for gait labs. Proceedings at the 30th Canadian Medical and Biological Engineering Conference, June 16-19, in Toronto, Canada.
Selected Research and Work
  • Director, Engineering Wellness Through Biomechanics Lab
  • Safety with every step they take: Fall prevention assessment and intervention for older adults with dementia participating in Easter Seals Adult Day Services. Del Mar Grant. Multi-institute effort between Goodwill Easter Seals, Reach Out Montgomery, University of Dayton and Wright State University. 9/14-8/16.
  • Assistive device design projects: Addressing everyday needs for patients of Kettering Health Network’s NeuroRehab and Balance Center. Kettering Medical Center Foundation Grants. Renewed annually since 11/11.
  • Changing mindsets: Framing design-for-the-disabled and other service-learning projects as entrepreneurial opportunities. Kern Family Foundation – Kern Entrepreneurship Engineering Network (KEEN) Topical Grant. 5/13-6/14.
Selected Honors and Awards
  • Nominee for American Society of Engineering Education – North Central Section Outstanding Teaching Award, 2013, 2014
  • Top Engineering Female Professor, University of Dayton Society of Women Engineers, 2011
  • American Society of Engineering Education Women in Engineering Division Apprentice Educator Award, 2010
  • U.S. Bone and Joint Decade's Young Investigators Initiative Selection, 2010
  • Best Presentation Award — Biomechanics/Human Factors, American Society of Mechanical Engineers Dayton Engineering Sciences Symposium, 2009

Courses Taught

  • EGR 103 Engineering Innovation
  • MEE 341 Engineering Experimentation
  • MEE 430/530, BIE 521 Biomechanical Engineering
  • MEE 450/531 Experimental Methods in Biomechanics


  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Ohio State University, 2008
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Ohio State University, 2005
  • B.S., Engineering Mechanics, Michigan State University, 2003

Professional Activities

  • American Society of Biomechanics
  • Education Committee Member
  • American Society of Engineering Education
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • Biomedical Engineering Society
  • Sigma Xi
  • National Falls Free Coalition

Research Interests

  • Biomechanical analysis of human posture and gait
  • Nonlinear biodynamics
  • Evaluation of therapeutic intervention for patients with neurological and musculoskeletal diseases
  • Kinematic sensors for real-world motion capture
  • Fall prevention in older adults
  • Assistive device design