Faculty Profile

Craig Goehler, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering

GEM 209

Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D. - University of Notre Dame 2007
M.S.M.E. - University of Notre Dame 2004
B.S.M.E. - University of Notre Dame 2002

Areas of Specialization

Robotic manipulator kinematics, dynamics and control; musculoskeletal modeling; mechanism analysis and synthesis; computer aided design (CAD)

Courses Taught

GE 100- Fundamentals of Engineering

ME 104- Computer-Aided Design

ME 125- Computer Programming for Mechanical Engineers

ME 209- Mechanics-Dynamics

ME 353L- Manufacturing Laboratory

ME 362- Mechanisms

ME 460- Spatial Manipulators

ME 462L- Vibrations Laboratory

GE 497/498- Senior Design

Research Interests

Kinematics, dynamics and control of robotic manipulators. Specifically path-planning, vision-based movement and coordinated movement between multiple robotic manipulators.

Musculoskeletal modeling
Kinematics and dynamics of human motion. My work has mostly dealt with the upper extremity and focused on the hand. This work is in collaboration with the Applied Research in Musculoskeletal Simulation (ARMS) lab at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.

Valparaiso Sports Biomechanics Laboratory
The purpose of the Valparaiso Sports Biomechanics Laboratory is to promote and practice athlete safety through the development of proper training protocols along with a system for identifying warning signs within an athlete’s movements and performance prior to experiencing any injuries. These training protocols will be based on human movement data obtained through quantitative techniques and will result in a reduced risk of injury and increased performance.


  • “Using an Anatomically Realistic Three-Dimensional Model of the Thumb to Predict Thumb-Tip Forces Produced by Single Muscles”, Journal of Biomechanics, February 2010  (W.M. Murray)
  • “Should the Neural-mechanical Behavior of a Muscle Be Coupled or Co-vary?”, Journal of Physiology, 587 (Pt 13), 2009  (J.P.M. Mogk, X. Hu, and Z.A. Riley)
  • “Reproducing Human Arm Motion Using a Kinematically Coupled Humanoid Shoulder-Elbow Complex”, Applied Bionics and Biomechanics, Vol. 5, No. 4, 2008  (M.M. Stanisic)
  • "A Quantified Description of the Coupling between the Reaching Direction and Elbow Axis Direction", Applied Bionics and Biomechanics, Vol. 4, No. 2, 2007  (M.M. Stanisic and M. Tomsic)
  • "Singular Planes of Serial Wrist-Partitioned Manipulators and Their Singularity Metrics", Mechanism and Machine Theory, Vol. 42, No. 8, 2007  (M.M. Stanisic)
  • "A Generalization of T1 Motion Applied to the Synthesis of Planar Mechanisms", Mechanism and Machine Theory,Vol. 39, No. 11, 2004  (M.M. Stanisic and V.M. Perez)

Professional Affiliations

  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • Tau Beta Pi
  • American Society for Engineering Education