Michele Grimm

Michele  Grimm
  • Wielenga Creative Engineering Endowed Professor
  • Established through a gift from Thomas and Susan Wielenga
  • Department of Mechanical Engineering


Michele J. Grimm is the Wielenga Creative Engineering Endowed Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Her research has focused on injury biomechanics—from characterizing important tissue properties to developing appropriate models for the assessment of injury mechanisms. Most recently, this has included working with obstetricians to identify the pathomechanics of neonatal brachial plexus injury. Based on this work, she served on the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Task Force on Neonatal Brachial Plexus Palsy.

Grimm completed her bachelor’s degree 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. In addition to her scientific research, she has spent a large part of her career focused on curriculum development and enhancement of student learning in engineering. 

She served on the faculty of Wayne State University in Detroit for 25 years, where she developed and implemented both undergraduate and graduate programs in biomedical engineering and helped to establish a department of biomedical engineering. Prior to coming to MSU in January 2019, she completed a three-year rotation as a program director for three BME-related programs at the National Science Foundation. During this time, she served as co-chair of the White House’s Office of Science & Technology Policy Task Force on Research and Development for Technology to Support Aging Adults.

She was named to the National Academy of Medicine’s Commission on a Global Roadmap for Healthy Longevity in 2019. She is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Biomedical Engineering Society, and the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering.