2019 NAAOP Fellows – Susannah Engdahl

Susannah Engdahl

Susannah Engdahl is a PhD candidate in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Michigan. She earned her BS in Physics from Wittenberg University (2013) and MS in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Michigan (2015). Having grown up using myoelectric prostheses due to congenital absence of both hands, she has a strong interest in applying science to improve functional outcomes for individuals who use prostheses. Her PhD dissertation research focuses on understanding how an individual’s functional success and satisfaction with an upper limb prosthesis can be affected by the design of the prosthesis. She has published three articles about her research in peer-reviewed scientific journals and has presented at numerous national academic conferences. After completing her PhD, she plans to continue her involvement in patient-oriented O&P research. She also hopes to be part of efforts to ensure that O&P research is translated into evidence-based treatment practices that improve quality of care for patients. To this end, she looks forward to working with the NAAOP and learning how she can become a more effective advocate for O&P care.