Stephen Cain joined WVU in 2021. Before joining WVU, he was a research scientist in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan. His research is focused on advancing the use of wearable sensor systems for objectively measuring and evaluating human biomechanics, health, and performance. By using principles from inertial navigation, engineering mechanics, biomechanics, and kinesiology, his research group develops algorithms and data collection protocols that utilize data from body-worn inertial sensors and other wearable technologies to quantify human movement and physiology in non-laboratory real-world environments. His past and current research projects include studies of human gait, human balance, human-bicycle dynamics, baseball pitching and hitting, warfighter performance, upper extremity biomechanics in manual wheelchair users, arm use in breast cancer patients, and medication adherence.
His teaching interests include wearable sensors, biomechanics, engineering mechanics, and instrumentation.