Michele Mancini
Michelle L. Kuykendal, Ph.D., P.E., CFEI
Managing Engineer
Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Phoenix

Dr. Kuykendal's expertise is in failure analysis and safety design reviews of electrical and electronic systems. She has expertise in evaluating consumer products, automotive electronics, and household appliances for safety including recall-related investigations and product liability issues. Her focus includes the analysis of complex control systems, lithium-ion batteries coupled with their charging and protection circuitry, device construction quality, and complete system functionality. Dr. Kuykendal has performed numerous on-site and laboratory incident inspections and fire investigations relating to both home and industrial claims.

Dr. Kuykendal works extensively on evaluating the safety of automotive electronics by performing component and system-level design reviews coupled with electrical testing and on-site inspections. Her experience includes analyses of electronically controlled throttle actuation, automatic braking, electric vehicle battery systems, adaptive cruise control, airbag control systems, and numerous other embedded systems with application in both traditional and autonomous vehicles.

Additionally, Dr. Kuykendal has expertise with high-throughput testing of products for accelerated aging of electrical systems and components. She has expertise in the evaluation of medical devices for FDA compliance, magnetic resonance imaging compatibility, and insurance code application. She is proficient in performing due diligence investigations for assessing biomedical technology and intellectual property, including market and technology research into current wearable technologies.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Bioengineering, Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), 2014
  • M.S., Electrical and Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), 2008
  • B.S., Electrical Engineering, Missouri University of Science and Technology, 2005, summa cum laude
  • B.S., Computer Engineering, Missouri University of Science and Technology, 2005, summa cum laude
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow (NSF GRFP), Recipient 2006

    National Science Foundation IGERT Fellow, 2006–2008

    Passed FE Exam, Rolla, Missouri, 2005

    Electrical Engineering Scholar, Missouri University of Science and Technology, 2004, 2005

    SBC Scholarship Fund Recipient, 2000–2004

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI) in accordance with the National Association of Fire Investigators National Certification Board, CFEI #20378-11441p

LANGUAGES

  • Spanish

Publications

Kuykendal ML, DeWeerth SP, Grover MA. Optimization of stimulation parameters for targeted activation of multiple neurons using closed-loop search methods. Processes 2017; 5(4):81. doi:10.3390/pr5040081.

Kuykendal ML, Guvanasen GS, Potter SM, Grover MA, DeWeerth SP. Closed-Loop Characterization of Neuronal Activation Using Electrical Stimulation and Optical Imaging. Processes 2017, 5(2):30. doi:10.3390/pr5020030

Kuykendal ML, Potter SM, Grover, DeWeerth SP. Targeted Stimulation Using Differences in Activation Probability across the Strength-Duration Space. Processes 2017; 5(2):14. doi:10.3390/pr5020014

Pinnangudi B, Kuykendal M, Bhadra S. Smart Grid Energy Storage. Chapter 4 in: The Power Grid: Smart, Secure, Green and Reliable 1st Edition, D’Andrade B (ed), 2017.

Guvanasen GS, Mancini ML, Calhoun WA, Rajaraman S, DeWeerth SP. Polydimethylsiloxane Microstencils Molded on 3-D-Printed Templates. Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems 2014 Oct; 23(5):1045–1053.

Presentations

Kuykendal ML, Guvanasen GS, Grover MA, Potter SM, DeWeerth SP. Automated closed-loop extracellular electrical stimulation and optical recording for increasing the selectivity of the stimulus-evoked response within a neuronal population. Poster presented at: Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, October 24–27, 2012.

Kuykendal ML, Guvanasen GS, Grover MA, Potter SM, DeWeerth SP. Closed-loop multisite extracellular electrical stimulation and optical recording for measuring and controlling the evoked response of a neuronal population. Poster presented at: Neuroscience 2011, Washington, D.C., November 12–16, 2011.

Kuykendal ML, Guvanasen GS, Grover MA, Potter SM, DeWeerth SP. Closed-loop targeted electrical stimulation for excitation of selective neuronal populations. Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting, Austin, TX, October 6–9, 2010.

Kuykendal ML, Guvanasen GS, Grover MA, Potter SM, DeWeerth SP. Real-time characterization of neuronal response for selective stimulation. Poster presented at 7th International Meeting on Substrate-Integrated Microelectrode Arrays, Reutlingen, Germany, June 29–July 2, 2010.

Kuykendal ML, Ross JD, Potter SM, DeWeerth SP. Real-time characterization of neural excitability by multisite extracellular stimulation. Poster presented at Neuroscience, Washington, D.C., November 15–19, 2008.

Kuykendal ML, Ross JD, Potter SM, DeWeerth SP. Real-time characterization of multisite extracellular stimulation. Short talk presented at Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting, St. Louis, MO, October 2–4, 2008.

Kuykendal ML, Ross JD, DeWeerth SP. The spatial quantification of evoked neural responses to excitatory and inhibitory stimulus waveforms. Poster session presented at IGERT Project Meeting, Arlington, VA, May 18–20, 2008.

Professional Affiliations

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

Society of Women Engineers

National Engineering Honor Society, Tau Beta Pi

National Electrical and Computer Engineering Honor Society, Eta Kappa Nu

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CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Bioengineering, Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), 2014
  • M.S., Electrical and Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), 2008
  • B.S., Electrical Engineering, Missouri University of Science and Technology, 2005, summa cum laude
  • B.S., Computer Engineering, Missouri University of Science and Technology, 2005, summa cum laude
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow (NSF GRFP), Recipient 2006

    National Science Foundation IGERT Fellow, 2006–2008

    Passed FE Exam, Rolla, Missouri, 2005

    Electrical Engineering Scholar, Missouri University of Science and Technology, 2004, 2005

    SBC Scholarship Fund Recipient, 2000–2004

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI) in accordance with the National Association of Fire Investigators National Certification Board, CFEI #20378-11441p

LANGUAGES

  • Spanish