Academic Credentials
  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Columbia University, 2023
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Columbia University, 2017
  • B.S., Mathematics and Mechanical Engineering, University of Central Florida, 2016
Professional Honors
  • NSF S-STEM SEGUE Scholarship
Professional Affiliations
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

Dr. Stramel is an expert in the field of biomechanics and in the development and utilization of robotic platforms to study human movement and mechanics. Dr. Stramel conducts biomechanical assessments of motor vehicle, recreational, and occupational accidents for injury risks and mechanics. She also provides test design, analysis and study support for the biomechanical evaluation of product performance.

Dr. Stramel has extensive experience in the development and control of electromechanical systems and in the use of multimodal sensor arrays, including force and pressure transducers, inertial measurement units (IMUs), electromyography (EMG), and motion capture (MoCap) systems. She also has broad experience in designing and conducting user studies with diverse demographics, including healthy adults, stroke survivors, and children with Cerebral Palsy, to evaluate varied facets of the dynamics of human movement. Dr. Stramel has a keen understanding of the delicate interplay between these platforms and individuals, using hands-on exploration to gain valuable insights.

Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Stramel was a Graduate Research Assistant in the Robotics and Rehabilitation (ROAR) Lab at Columbia University. Her research focused on the use of a novel robotic platform to evaluate the changes in gait parameters with various force applications during movement to assist in the rehabilitation of locomotion in mobility-compromised individuals. Beyond her work in human-robot collaboration, she's skilled in mechatronics, CAD, and analyzing failure trends.