Ryan McGinnis is an Assistant Professor in Electrical, Biomedical, and Mechanical Engineering, and the Director of the M-Sense Research Group at the University of Vermont. He earned his BS (Mechanical Engineering) from Lafayette College in 2009 and his MS and PhD (Mechanical Engineering) from the University of Michigan in 2013. In 2014, upon completion of a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan (Kinesiology and Mechanical Engineering), he joined MC10, Inc. - a venture-backed start-up in Lexington, MA - where he led a multidisciplinary team responsible for using machine learning in concert with a new conformal, skin-worn device that captures human motion and biopotentials (EMG, ECG) to track symptom progression outside of the clinic in patients recovering from joint replacement surgery, and those with neurological disorders such as Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s Disease.
His research interests focus on the use of wearable and mobile technologies for improving human health and performance. Projects apply concepts from biomedical signal processing, machine learning, biomechanics, and computational dynamics to enable technology-based solutions to pressing problems facing society. This research program yields patent submissions and publications in top journals including IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics, IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, Journal of Biomechanics, Gait & Posture, and PLoS One.
Dr. McGinnis is a recipient of a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, and a Graduate Research Fellowship from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan. Other awards include the 2013 Best Paper Award in Biomedical and Biotechnology Engineering, Dynamics and Control in Biomechanical Systems from the ASME, the 2013 Ivor K. McIvor Award for excellence in research and scholarship in Applied Mechanics – Biomechanics from the University of Michigan, and the 2009 Carl Jr. and Deborah Anderson Mechanical Engineering Prize from Lafayette College. Dr. McGinnis has published 29 papers in peer reviewed journals and 56 in peer reviewed conference proceedings and has presented at national and international conferences. Many of these studies have been conducted with collaborators across a wide array of disciplines including neurology, physical therapy, psychology/psychiatry, and orthopedics. Additionally, he has filed 10 patents that have been commercialized to form the heart of product offerings from seven companies.
In addition to these research accomplishments, Dr. McGinnis is also a dedicated mentor and teacher, and has been awarded the CEMS Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award and nominated for the Kroepsch-Maurice Excellence in Teaching Award from the University of Vermont multiple times. He employs an active learning approach to engineering education and believes in the benefits of project-based, collaborative learning.
Dr. McGinnis lives in Shelburne, Vermont with his wife and infant son. Outside of work, he enjoys playing golf and ice hockey, training for triathlons, cooking, travel, and hanging out with his family.