dha College of Design

Brad Holschuh, Ph.D.


Specialties and Expertise

  • Wearable Technology

  • Active Materials

  • Space Suit Design

  • Extravehicular Activity / Bioastronautics

  • Human Factors Design and Engineering

  • Medical Devices


Course Titles

  • ApSt 5185 Human Factors in Design 

  • DES 8102 Quantitative Research Methods
  • Additional Courses TBD


Selected Scholarship

  • Goncalves, C., Ferreira da Silva, A., Simoes, R., Gomes, J., Stirling, L., and Holschuh, B.“Study of a Cyclic Controlled Pulsatile Compression Wearable Device” submitted to IEEE Transactions on
    Mechatronics, September 2016 (under review).
  • Duvall, J., Schleif, N., Dunne, L., and Holschuh, B. “Dynamic Compression Garments for Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) Treatment using Integrated Active Materials,” submitted to ACM Transactions on Cyber-Physical Systems – Special Issue on Medical Cyber-Physical Systems, 15 August 2016 (under review).
  • Holschuh, B., and Newman, D. "Morphing Compression Garments for Space Medicine and Extravehicular Activity using Active Materials," in Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance 87(2), p. 84-92. 10 February 2016.
  • National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2016. Review of NASA’s evidence report on human health risks: 2015 Letter report. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.
  • Holschuh, B., and Newman, D. "Extravehicular Activity (EVA)," a chapter to appear in the Encyclopedia of Bioastronautics, Springer, January 2017.
  • Holschuh, B., and Newman, D. "Mechanical Counter-Pressure Space Suits," a chapter to appear in Section VI -- “Space Suits and Extravehicular Activity” -- of the Handbook of Life Support Systems for Spacecraft and Extraterrestrial Habitats, Springer, Fall 2015.

  • Holschuh, B., and Newman, D. "Two-Spring Model for Active Compression Textiles with Integrated NiTi Coil Actuators," in Smart Materials and Structures 24(3)035011, 06 February 2015.

  • Holschuh, B., Obropta, E., and Newman, D. "Low Spring Index NiTi Coil Actuators for Use in Active Compression Garments," in IEEE Transactions on Mechatronics 20(3), p. 1264-1277, 25 June 2014.

  • Holschuh, B. “Mechanical Counter-Pressure Space Suit Design using Active Materials”, Ph.D. Dissertation, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, June 2014.

  • Holschuh, B., and Newman, D. "Low Spring Index, Large Displacement Shape Memory Alloy (SMA) Coil Actuators for Use in Macro- and Micro-Systems," in SPIE MOEMS-MEMS, 897505, 10.1117-12.2044406, February 2014. 

  • Holschuh, B., Obropta, E., Buechley, L., and Newman, D. "Materials and Textile Architecture Analyses for Mechanical Counter-Pressure Space Suits Using Active Materials," technical manuscript presented at AIAA Space 2012, AIAA 2012-5206, September 2012.

  • Meyen, F., Holschuh, B., Kobrick, R., Jacobs, S., and Newman, D. "Robotic Joint Torque Testing: A Critical Tool in the Development of Pressure Suit Mobility Elements," technical manuscript presented at 41st International Conference on Environmental Systems (ICES), AIAA 2011-5105, July 2011.

  • Newsome, S., Yamamoto, N., Grindle, A., Holschuh, B., Ono, M., and Weigel, A. "Analysis of US Policy Options for the Future of the International Space Station," technical manuscript presented at AIAA Space 2009, AIAA 2009-6498, September 2009.

  • Holschuh, B., Waldie, J., Hoffman, J., and Newman, D. "Characterization of Structural, Volume and Pressure Components to Space Suit Joint Rigidity" technical manuscript presented at 39th International Conference on Environmental Systems (ICES), 2009-01-2535, July 2009.


Professional Service

  • 2016: Member, Committee on Aerospace Medicine and the Medicine of Extreme Environments (CAMMEE), National Academy of Medicine, Washington, D.C.
  • 2016: Member, MnDRIVE Robotics, Sensors, and Advanced Manufacturing Research and Outreach Committee.
  • 2016: Co-Convener, UMN Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) Physical Computing and the Internet of Things Research and Creative Collaborative.
  • 2015: Member, Committee to Review NASA’s Evidence Reports on Human Health Risks – Decompression sickness report lead, Institute of Medicine, Washington, D.C.
  • 2015: Reviewer, Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science (Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers - Part C).

  • 2015: Reviewer, 45th International Conference on Environmental Systems (ICES) Conference Proceedings.

  • 2014: Reviewer, 44th International Conference on Environmental Systems (ICES) Conference Proceedings


  • 2016: 3M Non-tenured Faculty Grant Award
  • 2015 MIT Man-Vehicle Laboratory Sherwood A. Modestino “Sherry” Award
  • 2015 First Place, NSBRI Post-Doctoral Poster Competition, NASA Human Research Program Investigators’ Workshop

  • 2013 First Place, NSBRI Graduate Student Poster Competition, NASA Human Research Program Investigators’ Workshop

  • 2011 NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship (NSTRF) Recipient

  • 2007 MIT Aero/Astro Apollo Award

 Related Media

  • 2016: “NASA’s Unexplained Files”, Season 3, The Science Channel. Episodes 2 (“Return of the Moon Bugs”), 4 (“Ghosts on a Comet”), 5 (“The Moon that Disappeared”), 7 (“Red Storm Rising”)
  • 2016: “U to develop auto-compression clothes”, Minnesota Daily, 19 April 2016.
  • 2014: Gizmodo Feature: “Shrink-wrapping spacesuits”, <http://gizmodo.com/mits-new-biosuit-shrinkwraps-astronauts-to-hold-them-to-1636382746>

  • 2014: The Science Channel Miniseries Episode: “Man vs. the Universe [episode 3] - Mars is Ours”

  • 2012: Popular Science Feature: “The Deep-Space Suit”, <http://www.popsci.com/technology/article/2012-10/deep-space-suit>

  • 2011: Fargo Form Guest Editorial: “A Sunrise for Space Program” <http://www.inforum.com/content/letter-editor-sunrise-space-program>




Assistant Professor

Apparel Design Program

Co-director, Wearable Technology Lab

Faculty Affiliate, MnDRIVE Initiative

(Robotics, Sensors, and Advanced Manufacturing)

Curriculum Vitae


Department of Design, Housing, and Apparel

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