About Me

Mia Hoffman

I am a third-year NSF GRFP Ph.D. Student in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Washington, and a student member of the Center for Research and Education on Accessible Technology and Experiences (CREATE) at the University of Washington. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame with a minor in bioengineering. My research is at the intersection of biomechanics, accessibility, and rehabilitation medicine and focuses on the design and translation of mobility and accessible play technologies for young children. My goal in my work is to “just let kids be kids” exploring the world around them.

Research Interests

  1. Early Mobility
  2. Accessible Play Technologies
  3. Environmental Accessibility


  1. Hoffman, Mia E., Katherine M. Steele, Jon E. Froehlich, Kyle N. Winfree, and Heather A. Feldner. “Off to the Park: A Geospatial Investigation of Ride-on Car Usage.” Disability & Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology. 2023. [link]
  2. Hoffman, Mia E., Bethany Sloane, Anna Fragomeni, Lisa K. Kenyon, Sam W. Logan, Katherine M. Steele, Heather A. Feldner. “Exploring the World on Wheels: A Geospatial Comparison of Two Pediatric Mobility Devices.” RESNA 2023. [link]
  3. Demirci, Nagehan, Mia E. Hoffman, and Maria A. Holland. “Systematic cortical thickness and curvature patterns in primates.” Neuroimage. 2023. [link]
  4. Darayi, Mohsen, Mia E. Hoffman, John Sayut, Shuolun Wang, Nagehan Demirci, Jack Consolini, and Maria A. Holland. 2021. “Computational Models of Cortical Folding: A Review of Common Approaches.” Journal of Biomechanics. 2021. [link]

Research Experience

Biomechanics & Accessibility Ability & Innovation Lab, University of Washington | IMPACT Collaboratory, University of Washington

Medical Imaging & Solid Mechanics CoMMaND Lab, University of Notre Dame

Auditory Neuroscience & MRI Auditory Perception and Cognition Lab, University of Minnesota

Auditory Neuroscience & Signal Processing Carney Lab, University of Rochester

Data-Driven Methods Battelle Center for Mathematical Medicine, Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Highlighted Honors

Academia Outside of the Lab

University of Washington

  1. HuskyADAPT [link]
    • Student Executive Chair
    • Design Chair
    • GoBabyGo UW Leadership Team
  2. Mechanical Engineering Graduate Student Association [link]
    • Social Chair

University of Notre Dame

  1. Enable ND [link]
    • President
    • Vice-President
    • Director of Research and Development
  2. AccessABLE [link]
  3. Society of Women Engineers
    • Director of Diversity
    • Director of Outreach

The future is accessible.