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Tamara Reid Bush

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Professor, and Associate Dean for Inclusion and Diversity
(517) 353-9544


Ph.D., Engineering Mechanics with an emphasis in Biomechanics, Michigan State University
M.S., Engineering Mechanics with an emphasis in Biomechanics, Michigan State University
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Michigan State University


Mechanical Engineering


Tamara Reid Bush is a professor and the associate dean for inclusion and diversity. Broadly, Prof. Bush’s area of research is whole-body biomechanics. She conducts in-vivo experimentation, methods development and modeling to better understand problems associated with human movement and force application. More specifically, her research is in areas of seating mechanics, injury mechanics, vehicle interface research, design for persons with disabilities and clinical biomechanics. Prof. Bush has over 100 peer reviewed articles and has received over $8 million in research funding. Her research has been funded by NSF, NIH, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and several industries including Johnson Controls, Lear, Haworth, Abbott Labs, Sage Medical, Steelcase and the Michigan district attorney’s office. She is a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering and a Fellow in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).. She received the American Society of Biomechanics prestigious Founders’ Award, serves as the associate editor for the Journal of Biomechanical Engineering and as an executive board member of the American Society of Biomechanics. Prof. Bush is a two-time recipient of the Withrow Teaching Award and has also received MSU’s Inspirational Woman Award for Professional Achievement.


  • AIMBE Fellow, 2021
  • American Society of Biomechanics Founders’ Award, 2020
  • Big 10 Network researcher, 2020
  • Fellow status for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • Elected to the American Society of Biomechanics executive board as treasurer, 2016-2019
  • Associate editor, Journal of Biomechanical Engineering, 2019-present
  • Withrow Teaching Excellence Award, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Michigan State University, 2018
  • Editorial board member, Journal of Applied Biomechanics, 2017-2019
  • ASME chair of the Design, Dynamics and Rehabilitation Technical Committee, 2017-2019
  • Withrow Teaching Excellence Award, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Michigan State University, 2014
  • National Academy of Engineers, Frontiers of Engineering Education. One of only 73 individuals selected from around the country to participate in the symposium. Selection was based on innovation in engineering education. Oct 27-30, Irvine, CA

Select Publications

  • J Scott, B Sheridan, R Andrus, N Monday, A Selby, TR Bush . Distinguishing Between Tissue Responses of Individuals with a Spinal Cord Injury and Able-Bodied People: A Focus on the Buttock and Thigh Regions. Journal of Biomechanics, 2021
  • A Vocelle, Gail Shafer, TR Bush. Determining Isolated Thumb Forces in Osteoarthritic and Healthy Persons. Journal of Biomechanical Engineering, 2020
  • J Scott, S Cheng, S Roccabiana and TR Bush. The Effects of Body Position on the Material Properties of Soft Tissue in the Human Thigh. Journal of Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials, 110, 2020
  • A Vocelle, Gail Shafer and, TR Bush. Complex Thumb Motions and their Potential Clinical Value in Identifying Early Changes in Function. Clinical Biomechanics, 73, pg 63-70, 2020

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