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Grabowski, Alena Marie

Associate Professor


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research overview

  • Dr. Grabowski’s primary research interests lie within the fields of human physiology, biomechanics, and mechatronics. Her research characterizes walking, running, hopping, sprinting, bicycling, jumping, sled hockey, and soccer, and investigates the physiological and biomechanical effects of implementing devices such as prostheses, orthoses, exoskeletons, weight support systems, and footwear on people with and without physical impairments such as leg amputation.


  • human physiology, biomechanics, mechatronics, leg prostheses, human walking, human running, assistive devices


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courses taught

  • IPHY 4540 - Biomechanics
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019 / Fall 2020 / Fall 2021 / Fall 2022 / Fall 2023
    Applies the principles of physics and physiology to analyze the movement of humans and other animals. Assesses the mechanical properties of muscles, tendons, ligaments and bones. Quantitatively analyzes forces, torque, mechanical energy, power impulses and momentum associated with human movement. Department enforced prerequisite: completion of statistics course or equivalent. Recommended prerequisites: (MATH 1300 or MATH 1310 or APPM 1350) and IPHY 3415.
  • IPHY 4870 - Honors Thesis
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019 / Fall 2022 / Spring 2024
    Department enforced prerequisites: IPHY 2800 and IPHY 3700.
  • IPHY 4930 - Internship
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Provides an opportunity for field/laboratory work in a variety of different settings. Consult with faculty for approval. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours. Department enforced prerequisite: completion of at least two of the major core classes.
  • IPHY 6010 - Seminar
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Presents special topics in integrative physiology. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.
  • IPHY 6840 - Research Project
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2021
    Involves a scholarly investigation of a selected topic using literature and/or experimental techniques. Advisor required. May be repeated up to 3 total credit hours.


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