Dr. Kevin Troyer

Assistant Professor of Practice
Mechanical Engineering

Contact Information

Office Location: A103N Engineering
Phone: (970)-491-1422
Fax: (970)491-3872
Email: kevin.troyer@colostate.edu


Dr. Kevin Troyer received his BS (2008), MS (2010), and PhD (2012) from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Colorado State University (CSU). Before joining the faculty at CSU, Dr. Troyer worked as a research fellow at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, a mechanical engineer at Honeywell Federal Manufacturing and Technologies, and a member of the research and development staff at Sandia National Laboratories. His research interests include biomechanics, computational solid mechanics, and viscoelastic phenomena.


  1. McGilvray, K.C., Unal, E., Troyer, K.L., Santoni, B.G., Palmer, R.H., Easley, J.T., Demir, H.V., Puttlitz, C.M., 2015. “Implantable microelectromechanical sensors for diagnostic monitoring and post‐surgical prediction of bone fracture healing.” Journal of Orthopaedic Research 33, 1439-1446. (Editor’s Pick)
  1. Shetye, S., Troyer, K., Streijger, F., Lee, J., Kwon, B., Cripton, P., Puttlitz, C., 2014. “Nonlinear viscoelastic characterization of the porcine spinal cord.” Acta Biomaterialia 10, 792-797.
  1. Troyer, K.L., Shetye, S.S., Puttlitz, C.M., 2012. “Experimental characterization and finite element implementation of soft tissue nonlinear viscoelasticity.” Journal of Biomechanical Engineering 134, 114501.
  1. Troyer, K.L., Puttlitz, C.M., 2012. “Nonlinear viscoelasticty plays an essential role in the functional behavior of spinal ligaments.” Journal of Biomechanics 45, 684-691.
  1. Troyer, K.L., Estep, D.J., Puttlitz, C.M., 2012. “Viscoelastic effects during loading play an integral role in soft tissue mechanics.” Acta Biomaterialia 8, 234-243.
  1. Troyer, K.L., Puttlitz, C.M., 2011. “Human cervical spine ligaments exhibit fully nonlinear viscoelastic behavior.” Acta Biomaterialia 7, 700-709.
  1. Cabano, N.R., Troyer, K.L., Palmer, R.H., Puttlitz, C.M., Santoni, B.G., 2011. “Mechanical comparison of two suture constructs for extra-capsular stifle stabilization.” Veterinary Surgery 40, 334-339.


  1. Puttlitz, C.M., Shetye, S.S., Troyer, K.L., “Viscoelasticity of Load Bearing Soft Tissues: Constitutive Formulation, Numerical Integration, and Computational Implementation.” In Zhang, G. (Ed.), Computational Bioengineering. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press. 2015.


  1. Branson, D., Troyer, K., Honeywell FM&T, LLC. “Self-Aligning Swaging Punch and Method for Swaging.” U.S. Patent 20,170,080,476. Issued March 2017.


  • B.S. 2008, Colorado State University – Mechanical Engineering
  • M.S. 2010, Colorado State University – Mechanical Engineering
  • Ph.D. 2012, Colorado State University – Mechanical Engineering