Health

The application of traditional mechanical engineering and materials science concepts, and emerging engineering technologies to solve major problems associated with human and animal health is one of the primary research areas in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.  Our faculty also holds secondary appointment in the newly formed School of Biomedical Engineering, an interdisciplinary graduate program that incorporates members across the CSU campus. The faculty conducts cutting-edge cross-disciplinary research and collaborates with colleagues in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Biomedical Sciences, Microbiology, etc.

In past decade, our department has grown exponentially in biomedical areas, specifically in biomaterials, tissue engineering and biomechanics. Some of the current research project includes: experimental modeling of cardiovascular system and development of novel cardiac devices, finite element modeling of the human skeleton, nanotechnology for implantable devices, novel materials for joint replacement and tissue engineering applications, microscale engineered culture models for high-throughput drug screening and infectious diseases, etc.

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Professor Volckens Researches Cook Stove Pollution with $2.8M Grant
Professor Volckens will study the emissions and health effects of air pollution from cook stoves. This research will take place in a human exposure facility that was built by a mechanical engineering senior design team over the course of two semesters.

Hear…with Your Tongue?
Mechanical engineering Associate Professor John Williams, is on the verge of a major medical breakthrough that over the last few months has captured a frenzy of media attention from all over the country. Professor Williams and his team are working on a revolutionary device to assist the hearing impaired, allowing sound to be processed through the tongue, instead of the ear.

Nanotechnology for Biomedical Applications
Surfaces that contain micro- and nanoscale features in a well-controlled and “engineered” manner have been shown to significantly affect cellular and subcellular function. Within the auspices of the our research program, we are developing, refining and extending select fabrication routes for producing materials with controlled nanoarchitecture and bioactivity, potentially moving us closer to the goal of biointegration.

The Mechanics of Osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis is a dehabilitating disease that afflicts millions of Americans and is a growing epidemic. Of particular interest to Dr. Tammy Haut Donahue and her laboratory is the role of knee joint meniscal tissue in the development and progression of osteoarthritis.