Faculty & Research

Kat M. Steele

Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Katherine Steele

  • Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, 2012
  • M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, 2009
  • B.S. Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, 2007

Kat M. Steele joins Mechanical Engineering from the Sensory Motor Performance Program at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. Katherine received her PhD in mechanical engineering from Stanford University in 2012. She previously worked at the Denver Children’s Hospital, the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, and the Cleveland Clinic.

Kat’s research focuses on improving mobility for individuals with movement disorders such as stroke and cerebral palsy. She uses a combination of tools including musculoskeletal modeling, medical imaging, and device design. Her current projects explore how orthoses can be optimized to an individual's walking pattern, evaluating changes in control after common surgical treatments, and using new ultrasound techniques to quantify changes in muscle properties after brain injury.