College of EngineeringSitesAUBE LabMichael ZabalaExperience



  • 2022-PRESENT: Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Auburn University
  • 2022-PRESENT: Founder, Chairman, Chief Technology Officer, XO Armor Technologies, LLC
  • 2019-2022: Founder, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, XO Armor Technologies, LLC
  • 2016-2022: Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Auburn University
  • 2014-2016: Senior Associate, Exponent, Inc., Biomechanics Practice
  • 2013-2014: Associate, Exponent, Inc., Biomechanics Practice
  • 2010-2013: Research Assistant, Stanford University, Stanford BioMotion Laboratory
  • 2005-2006: Cooperative Education Student, Rolls-Royce Corp.



  • 2020-PRESENT: Course Instructor, Mechanical Engineering Statics, Auburn University
  • 2019-PRESENT: Course Instructor, Engineering in the Arts, Auburn University, taught in Florence, Italy
    • 2020 Finalist for “GoAbroad Innovation Award” for New Study Abroad Program
  • 2018-PRESENT: Course Instructor, Biomechanical Engineering, Auburn University
  • 2016-2020: Course Instructor, Statics and Dynamics, Auburn University
  • 2011: Teaching Assistant, Undergraduate Dynamics, Stanford University


Invited Lectures

  • “KEYNOTE – Michael Zabala: My Auburn Experience and More.” Auburn University TALONS (Talented Academic Leaders, Outstanding National Scholars) Day – Auburn University, AL, February 28, March 21, & April 1, 2022.
  • “How COVID-19 Spurred the Idea for RE-INVENT, an Emergency CPAP to Ventilator Converter.” BIO Alabama Brief – Virtual Conference, 2020.
  • “Technology and the Future of Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention and Treatment”, American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine Conference – Auburn, AL, 2020.
  • “Non-Academic Career Paths in Biomechanics”, American Society of Biomechanics Conference – Boulder, CO, 2017.
  • “Injury Causation and Biomechanics”, American Society of Mechanical Engineers – The Atlanta Section, Atlanta, GA, 2014.
  • “Designing the Professional”, ENGR 311B: Designing the Professional: Inventing Your Life. Stanford University, 2012.
  • “Dim Sum of Mechanical Engineering - Biomechanics”, ME201: Dim Sum of Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, 2011.



  • Registered Engineer Intern (Fundamentals of Engineering), State of Alabama, EI# 17597
  • Traffic Crash Reconstruction for the Forensic Engineer – Course Completion Certificate – Northwestern University Center for Public Safety – 2015


Peer Reviewer

  • American Journal of Sports Medicine
  • Journal of Orthopaedic Research
  • Gait & Posture
  • Journal of Applied Biomechanics
  • Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine
  • Sensors
  • International Journal of Sports Medicine
  • Applied Sciences
  • International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
  • PLOS One
  • Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise
  • NIOSH SWCOEH Pilot Projects Research Training Program
  • Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program (PRMRP) – Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs
  • Defense Medical Research and Development Program (DMRDP) – Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs
  • The Israel Science Foundation


University Service

  • 2022 – PRESENT: Mechanical Engineering GRA Poster Session Committee
  • 2021: Auburn Abroad Coordinator Search Committee – Member/College of Engineering Representative
  • 2020-PRESENT: Samuel Ginn College of Engineering Graduate Students Recruitment Committee
  • 2018-PRESENT: Founding and Current Faculty Advisor for the Society of Engineering Executive Development (SEED)
  • 2017-PRESENT: Faculty Advisor for Tau Beta Pi
  • 2017-PRESENT: Joint Faculty Member Appointment in the Department of Kinesiology, College of Education, Auburn University
  • 2019: Mechanical Engineering Department Chair Administrative Review Committee
  • 2017: Dean of Engineering Administrative Review Committee


Professional Affiliations and Service

  • American Society of Biomechanics
    • American Society of Biomechanics, Mentor (annual)
    • American Society of Biomechanics, Abstract Reviewer (2021-)
    • Poster Session Moderator, “Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Robotics”, Annual Meeting of the American Society of Biomechanics, 2020
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • Orthopaedic Research Society
  • Society of Automotive Engineers
  • ASTM International