The Catholic University of America

Sang Wook Lee, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Biomedical Engineering

202-319-6218 phone
202-319-4287 fax or



B.S. Mech. Design & Production Eng., Seoul National University, 1997
M.S. Mech. Design & Production Eng., Seoul National University, 1999
Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2006


Biography in Brief:

Sang Wook Lee’s research interest includes biomechanics of hand and upper extremity, and rehabilitation of neurologically impaired patients. He is also interested in developing proactive ergonomic solutions to work-related hand disorders based on biomechanical analyses of hand and upper extremity musculature. He is a member of American Society of Biomechanics, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and Gait and Clinical Movement Analysis Society.

Representative Publications:

Nguyen H.B., Lee, S.W., Harris-Love, M.L., Lum, P.S. 2017. Visual vs. somatosensory force symmetry feedback during bimanual tasks: effects on intermuscular coherence in homologous muscles, Journal of Neurophysiology, 117: 655-664.

Kim D.H., Lee, S.W., Park, H.S. 2016. Improving kinematic accuracy of soft wearable data glove by optimizing sensor locations, Sensors, 16, 766; doi: 10.3390/s16060766.

Vermillion B.C., Lum, P.S., Lee, S.W. 2015. Proximal arm kinematics affect grip force-load force coordination, Journal of Neurophysiology, 114: 2265-2277.

Qian, K., Traylor, K., Lee, S.W., Ellis, B., Weiss, J., Kamper, D.G. 2014. Mechanical properties vary for different regions of the finger extensor apparatus, Journal of Biomechanics, 47: 3094-3099.

Lee, S.W., Landers, K.A., Park, H.S. 2014. Development and of a Biomimetic Hand Exotendon Device (BiomHED) for restoration of functional hand movement post-stroke, IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering, 22: 886-898.

Lee, S.W., Landers, K.A., Harris-Love, M.L. 2014. Activation and intermuscular coherence of distal arm muscles during proximal muscle contraction, Experimental Brain Research, 232: 739-752.

Lee, S.W., Triandafilou, K.M., Lock, B.A., Kamper, D.G. 2013. Impairment in task-specific modulation of muscle coordination correlates with the severity of hand impairment following stroke, PLoS ONE, 8, e68745. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0068745.

Lee, S.W., Wilson, K., Lock, B.A., Kamper, D.G. 2011. Subject-specific myoelectric pattern classification of functional hand movements for stroke survivors, IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering, 19: 558-566.

Lee, S.W., Kamper, D.G. 2009. Modeling of multi-articular muscles: importance of inclusion of tendon-pulley interactions in the finger, IEEE Transactions on the Biomedical Engineering, 56, 2253-2262.

Lee, S.W., Zhang, X. 2009. Development and validation of a biodynamic model for predicting multi-finger movements in cylinder-grasping tasks, Ergonomics, 52, 398-406.

Lee, S.W., Chen, H., Towles, J.D., Kamper, D.G. 2008. Effect of finger posture on the tendon force distribution within the finger extensor mechanism, Journal of Biomechanical Engineering, 130, 5, 051014.

Lee, S.W., Chen, H., Towles, J.D., Kamper, D.G. 2008. Estimation of the effective moment arms of the tendons in the index finger extensor mechanism, Journal of Biomechanics, 41, 1567-1573.

Lee, S.W., Zhang, X. 2007. Biodynamic modeling, system identification, and variability of multi-finger movements, Journal of Biomechanics, 40, 3215-3222.

Lee, S.W., Zhang, X. 2005. Development and evaluation of an optimization-based model for power grip posture prediction, Journal of Biomechanics, 38, 1591-1597.

Zhang, X., Braido, P., Lee, S.W., Hefner, R., Redden, M. 2005. A normative database of thumb circumduction in vivo: center of rotation and range of motion. Human Factors, 47, 550-561.

Zhang, X., Lee, S.W., Braido, P. 2003. Determining finger segmental centers of rotation in flexion-extension based on surface marker measurement. Journal of Biomechanics, 36, 1097-1102.

Ahn, H.J., Lee, S.W., Lee, S.H., Han, D.C. 2003. Frequency domain control-relevant identification of MIMO AMB rigid rotor, Automatica, 39, 299-307.