BME Seminar Series: “Navigating (and Hopefully Receiving) BME-Related Funding from NSF” by Michele Grimm, PhD, Program Director at the National Science Foundation

Monday, March 11, 2019
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
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This seminar will discuss the various programs at the NSF that support BME-related projects, the various funding mechanisms, and best practices for preparing a successful grant application

Biography: Michele J. Grimm, Ph.D., currently serves as Program Director for Biomechanics and Mechanobiology (BMMB) Program at the National Science Foundation.  She previously oversaw the Engineering of Biomedical Systems (EBMS) and Disability & Rehabilitation Engineering (DARE) programs for two years.  She was a faculty member at Wayne State University for almost 25 years, where she established the department of Biomedical Engineering and both undergraduate and graduate degree programs in BME.  In January, 2019, she joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Michigan State University as the Wielenga Creative Engineering Endowed Professor (continuing her NSF appointment through June 2019).
Dr. Grimm completed her B.S. in Biomedical Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at The Johns Hopkins University in 1990 and her Ph.D. in Bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania in 1994.  Her graduate work focused on orthopaedic biomechanics, in particular on the use of ultrasound to diagnose osteoporosis.  This research interest carried over to her roles at Wayne State, where she served as Director of Orthopaedic Biomechanics for the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery from 1997 through 2010.  Since joining Wayne State in 1994, a significant portion of her research has involved injury biomechanics – from characterizing important tissue properties to developing appropriate models for the assessment of injury mechanisms.  For the past 15 years, that work has focused on the biomechanics of neonatal brachial plexus injuries.  She has had the privilege of working with obstetricians to develop computer models of a process for which patient-based clinical studies are not appropriate. The work has provided an understanding of the pathomechanics of this injury, supporting the results that have been found through epidemiological and case study-based research.  She recently served on the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Task Force on Neonatal Brachial Plexus Palsy, which was charged with compiling the current state of evidence in the area of NBPP (with a focus on the cause of the injury) and identifying key gaps in knowledge in the area.  In addition to her scientific research, Dr. Grimm has spent a large part of her career focused on curriculum development and enhancement of student learning in engineering.  As part of this, she has worked with students to design new systems and technologies to address clinical needs, including for individuals with disabilities.  She currently serves as a commissioner to the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET and has been a program evaluator for many years. 
Michele Grimm is a Fellow of ASME and served as Division Chair for the Bioengineering Division of ASME from 2012 to 2013.  She has also served on the executive board of the Bioengineering Division of ASEE and has served in several leadership roles within BMES.  She was elected as a fellow of both AIMBE and BMES in 2018.


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