Dr. Susan P. James

Mechanical Engineering
Biomedical Engineering

Contact Information

Office Location: Engineering A101C
Phone: (970)491-0924
Fax: (970)491-3872
Email: sjames@engr.colostate.edu


Dr. Susan James joined the Colorado State University (CSU) Mechanical Engineering faculty in 1994 as an assistant professor. Dr. James was the Head of Mechanical Engineering Department at CSU from 2010-2018, and was the founding Director of the School of Biomedical Engineering. She received her Ph.D. in Polymers from MIT and her B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science from Carnegie Mellon. Professor James’ research focuses on polymeric materials used in biomedical engineering. These include orthopedic and cardiovascular applications as well as regenerative medicine and tissue engineering. She and her students invented the BioPoly materials, now in clinical use in partial resurfacing knee implants (http://www.biopolyortho.com/). Much of her current work is on hyaluronan-enhanced plastics, which do not cause blood clotting and platelet activation like most synthetic plastics. In collaboration with several faculty, students and researchers, she is working on developing hyaluronan-enhanced flexible leaflets for heart valve prostheses. Her group is also researching new materials for small diameter vascular grafts. Dr. James is committed to giving back and has been involved with many organizations over the years including Africa Higher Education Partnerships (AAHEP), Women and Minorities in Engineering Program (WMEP), and Society of Women Engineers (SWE). She has also performed countless outreach programs for young girls to get them interested in engineering careers.

Links to Other Information


  • B.S. 1989, Carnegie-Mellon University – Metallurgical Eng. & Materials Sci.
  • Ph.D. 1993, Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Polymer Science & Technology

International Connections

  • Country: New Zealand
    Contact: University of Canterbury, Research Collaboration, Sabbatical Host