Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering



Office: Engineering A106
Phone: 970-491-1319

Dr. Kirk McGilvray

Associate Director, Orthopaedic Bioengineering Research Laboratory 

Associate Department Head for Graduate Programs

Associate Professor

Mechanical Engineering

School of Biomedical Engineering

Dr. McGilvray became a faculty member of the Department of Mechanical Engineering in August 2018.  Prior to this Dr. McGilvray was Research Faculty at CSU. 

Dr. McGilvray is the Associate Director of the Orthopaedic Bioengineering Research Laboratory and core faculty at the Translations Medicine Institute.  There he comprehensively exams the critically important relationship(s) between biomechanics and biology following disease, trauma, and surgical intervention utilizing clinically translatable models.  His research is aimed at moving regenerative medicine and orthopaedic technologies from the benchtop to the bedside.


  • Ph.D. 2009, Colorado State University—Mechanical Engineering
  • M.S. 2005, Colorado State University—Mechanical Engineering
  • B.S. 2004, Colorado State University—Biomedical Engineering (major), Mathematics (minor)


Research Interests

  • Trauma and Disease of the Musculoskeletal System
  • Fracture Healing Prediction
  • Rotator Cuff Degeneration and Repair
  • Translational Medicine
  • Preclinical Model Development
  • Biomaterial Assessment
  • Orthopaedic Device R&D

Honors and Awards

  • NIH (R01AR069734) Role: PI  Title: Early Detection and Prediction of Complex Bone Fracture Healing        
  • NIH (1R21AR072371) Role: PI  Title: Sensor Development for Predicting Bone Allograft Incorporation
  • TMI TAP Grant Recipient  Role: PI  Title: Improving Rotator Cuff Repairs through Tenocyte Bioactivity Upregulation with Exosomes
  • 2018 – Walter Scott Collage of Engineering CSU Outstanding Researcher