Valerie Norman-Gerum

PhD student

Valerie Nornam-GerumI'm a PhD student at the University of Waterloo. I’m working to learn why we move the way we do.

I build biomechanical models and design simulations to test hypotheses about how movements of everyday living are achieved. 


  • Modelling and simulation of systems
  • Optimal control and motion prediction
  • Biomechanics
  • Design for wellness and rehabilitation



  • sit to standHigh fidelity musculoskeletal modelling
  • Modelling of soft biological tissues and contacts
  • Predictive simulation of sit-to-stand


  • Valerie in conferenceDesigned an assistive garden tool
  • Researched percutaneous vertebroplasty for treatment of spine metastases
  • Designed and built a pulmonary pressure monitoring device for use with a bag valve mask
  • Developed mechanical load tests and sterilization protocols for medical instruments
  • Theorized a system for thrombolysis in an inferior vena cava filter

More info 

List of my publications on this website
University of Waterloo