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

  • Soft Robotics


Course Titles

  • ApSt 5185 Human Factors in Design 

  • DES 8102 Quantitative Research Methods

  • ADES 2214 Softlines Analysis

  • Additional Courses TBD


Selected Scholarship

  • Granberry, R., Duvall, J., Dunne, L. E., & Holschuh, B. (2017, September). An analysis of anthropometric geometric variability of the lower leg for the fit & function of advanced functional garments. In Proceedings of the 2017 ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers (pp. 10-17). ACM.
  • Duvall, Julia, Rachael Granberry, Lucy E. Dunne, Brad Holschuh, Christopher Johnson, Kevin Kelly, Bruce Johnson, and Michael Joyner. "The design and development of active compression garments for orthostatic intolerance." In 2017 Design of Medical Devices Conference, pp. V001T01A013-V001T01A013. American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 2017
  • .Granberry, R., Ciavarella, N., Pettys-Baker, R., Berglund, M.E. and Holschuh, B., 2018, April. No-Power-Required, Touch-Activated Compression Garments for the Treatment of POTS. In 2018 Design of Medical Devices Conference (pp. V001T10A006-V001T10A006). American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
  • 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.

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.


  • 2016: Present: Member, Human Factors and Ergonomics Graduate Advisory Committee

  • 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

  • 2017: U of M develops wearable technology to help autism

    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)

Director of Graduate Studies for Human Factors and Ergonomics

Curriculum Vitae


Department of Design, Housing, and Apparel

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1985 Buford Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55108-6136

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