Melissa R. Lemke, MS
Senior Research Specialist
- Universal design
- Human factors and ergonomics
- Design of medical devices
Enderis Hall, Room 135E
- M.S. Biomedical Engineering, Marquette University, 2005
- B.S. Biomedical Engineering, North Carolina State University, 2003
- B.S. Biological Engineering, North Carolina State University, 2003
Interests & Expertise
My work is focused on measuring, evaluating, and improving accessibility, usability and universal design in the world around us, especially related to products and environments for people with disabilities. My background is in biomechanics and rehabilitation sciences, which is integrated with human factors, accessibility and universal design training and research interests that began at NCSU and the Center for Universal Design. My biomedical and rehabilitation research skills and interests were further developed during graduate school at our neighboring Marquette University. With the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Accessible Medical Instrumentation, I investigated and helped develop different tools for assessing the accessibility of medical instrumentation, for both patients and providers with disabilities. I also worked with the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation's Human Factors Committee to author an ANSI/AAMI standard, “HE-75: Human factors engineering - Design of medical devices”. This includes a chapter specific to "Accessibility Considerations", which is helping to drive system level changes to improve the accessibility of health care in the United States under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 and Establishment of Standards for Accessible Medical Diagnostic Equipment. Ultimately, it is my career passion to continue to help design safer, more usable and accessible technologies for everyone, including people with disabilities.Back to the top
Story, M.F., Winters, J.M., Lemke, M.R., Barr, A., Omiatek, E., Janowitz, I., Brafman, D., Rempel, D. (2010). Development of a method for evaluating accessibility of medical devices for patients with disabilities, Applied Ergonomics.
AAMI Human Factors Committee (2009). ANSI/AAMI HE75:2009, Human factors engineering — Design of medical devices, including section on Accessibility Considerations, ANSI/AAMI.
Lemke M.R., Stalberger K., Will R., Snyder T., Smith R.O. (2009). Development of Got-it?: Assistive Technology Consumer Product Evaluation Website. Presented at RESNA.
Lemke M.R., & Winters, J.M. (2008). Removing Barriers to Medical Devices for Users with Impairments. Ergonomics in Design, Vol. 16, No. 3, pp. 18-25.
Story, M.F., Luce, A.C., Leung, A., Omiatek, E.M., Lemke, M.R., & Rempel, D.M. (2008). Accessibility of Radiology Equipment for Patients with Mobility Disabilities. Human Factors, Vol. 50, No. 5, pp. 801-810.
Mendonca, R.J., Smith, R.O., Lemke, M.R., & Winters, J.M. (2008). Improving Healthcare For Elderly Individuals Through Better Technology Accessibility, Presented at Fifth International Conference on Health Care Systems, October 13-15, 2008, Milwaukee, WI.
Story, M.F., Lemke, M.R., MacDonald, C., Kailes, J.I., Rempel, D., & Winters, J.M. (2008). Guidelines for Designing and Selecting Accessible Medical Equipment. RESNA, June 26, 2008, Arlington, VA.
Lemke, M.R., & Winters, J.M. (2007). Comparisons of Accessibility Tools for Biomechanical Analysis of Medical Devices: What Experts Think. In Winters, JM & Story, MF, Eds., Medical Instrumentation: Accessibility and Usability Considerations. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.Back to the top
Smith, R.O, Barnekow, K., Lemke, M.R., Mendonca, R., Winter, M., Schwanke, T., & Winters, J.M. (2007). Development of the Medical Equipment Device Accessibility and Universal Design Information Tool. In Winters, JM & Story, MF, Eds., Medical Instrumentation: Accessibility and Usability Considerations. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.
Winters, J.M., Rempel, D., Story, M.F., Lemke, M.L., Barr, A., Campbell, S., & Danturthi, S. (2007). The Mobile Usability Lab Tool for Accessibility Analysis of Medical Devices: Design Strategy and Use Experiences. In Winters, JM & Story, MF, Eds., Medical Instrumentation: Accessibility and Usability Considerations. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.
Story, M.F., Winters, J.M., Lemke, M.R., & Rempel, D.R. (2007). Evaluating the Accessibility of Medical Equipment. Proceedings of the Include Conference, London, UK.
Lemke, M.R. (2005). The Evaluation of Three Alternative Methods for Understanding Biomechanical Aspects of Medical Device Accessibility, Master’s Thesis, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI.
Lemke, M.R., & Winters, J.M. (2005). Experiences Using the Mobile Usability Lab to Investigate Medical Device Biomechanical Barriers. Proceedings of the RESNA Conference, Atlanta, GA.
Pizur-Barnekow, K., Lemke, M.R., Smith, R.O., Winter, M., & Mendonca, R. (2005). Measuring Accessibility and Universal Design of Medical Devices: The Medical Equipment Device – Accessibility and Universal Design Information Tool (MED-AUDIT). Proceedings of RESNA Conference, Atlanta, GA.
Winters, J.M., Story, M.F., Campbell, S., Lemke, M., Danturthi, S., Barr, A., & Rempel, D. (2004). Mobile Usability Lab: A Tool for Studying Medical Device Accessibility for Users with Diverse Abilities. Proceedings of the RESNA Conference, Orlando, FL.
Lemke, M.R., Winters, J.M., Campbell, S., Danturthi, S., Story, M.F., Barr, A., & Rempel, D.M. (2004). Mobile Usability Lab: A Tool for Accessibility and Usability Testing of Medical Instrumentation. Proceedings of IEEE/EMBS, San Francisco, CA. “The Cross-Cultural Communication Epidemic of the 21st Century”.
Ergonomics in Design Most Outstanding Article in 2008 for article “Removing Barriers to Medical Devices for Users with Impairments” (2009)