Biomechanics & Neural Engineering

BIOMECHANICS & NEURAL ENGINEERING

Directors: Terence McIff, Ph.D.

Biomechanics is the scientific discipline that studies biological systems, such as the human body, using the methods of Mechanical Engineering. The purpose is to create new and innovative approaches, advance fundamental concepts, and apply knowledge to the improvement of the mechanics of biological systems.

While biomechanics represents a broad area of research, from the design of dental implants to the understanding of fluid dynamics in the vascular system, the biomechanics research focus at KU is on the human musculoskeletal system.

Our mission is to provide a quality graduate research and educational experience with emphasis on understanding and analyzing the mechanics of the human body through experimental measurement, mathematical modeling and computer simulations. This effort includes studies of the mechanics of the whole-body as a system, a group of body parts as a sub-system, and an individual body part as a component.

While this program is firmly grounded on the techniques in mechanical engineering, the nature of the research is multidisciplinary. Collaborative research is being fostered among researchers in engineering, mathematics, the sciences and the KU Medical Center.

 

 

Track Faculty

Headshot of Arvin Agah
785-864-8821
1C Eaton Hall

Titles

Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs, School of Engineering
Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Associated Tracks

Biomechanics & Neural Engineering
Biomedical Product Design & Development

Research Interests

Biomedical Robots
Applied Artificial Intelligence

Headshot of Jonathan Brumberg
785-864-1061
3001 Dole Human Development Center

Titles

Assistant Professor, Speech-Language-Hearing: Sciences & Disorders

Courtesy Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

Associated Tracks

Bioimaging
Biomechanics & Neural Engineering
Biomedical Product Design & Development

Research Interests

- Adaptive signal processing for neuroscience

- Neuroengineering

- Machine learning

- Human-computer interaction 

- Brain-computer interface

- Speech and communication neuroscience
 

Headshot of Mark Chertoff

Titles

Professor, Hearing and Speech

Associated Tracks

Biomechanics & Neural Engineering

Research Interests

Acoustic and Electric Measures of the Pathophysiology underlying Hearing Impairment

  • Director, Bioengineering
  • Professor, Mechanical Engineering
785-864-2994
3132 Learned Hall
  • Track Co-Director, Biomedical Product Design & Dev.
  • Professor, Mechanical Engineering
785-864-2104
3134 Learned Hall

Associated Tracks

Biomechanics & Neural Engineering
Biomedical Product Design & Development

Research Interests

Structural Biomaterials
Spine Biomechanics
Design and Testing of Medical Devices

Headshot of Kostas Kokkinakis
785-864-4467
3027 Dole Human Development Center

Titles

Assistant Professor, Speech-Language-Hearing: Science & Disorders

Associated Tracks

Biomedical Product Design & Development
Biomechanics & Neural Engineering

Research Interests

signal processing, binaural hearing mechanisms and psychoacoustics; development of speech coding strategies and their application to cochlear implants

913-588-4565
KUMC

Titles

Associate Professor, Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science

Associated Tracks

Biomechanics & Neural Engineering
Biomedical Product Design & Development

Research Interests

Human Sensorimotor Control and Disorders, Stroke Rehabilitation, and Sports Injury Rehabilitation

785-864-2993
3135B Learned Hall

Titles

Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Associated Tracks

Biomechanics & Neural Engineering
Biomedical Product Design & Development

Research Interests

Effects of Age and Disorders on the Biomechanics of Balance, Gait, and Motor Control

785-864-2985
3116 Learned Hall

Titles

Associate Department Chair, Mechanical Engineering
Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Associated Tracks

Biomaterials & Tissue Engineering
Biomechanics & Neural Engineering
Biomedical Product Design & Development

Research Interests

Applications of Biomechanics and Machine Design
Biomechanics Testing Machines and Experimental Designs
Kinematic Joint Studies
Wear of Artificial Components
Testing and Evaluation of Prosthetic Devices

  • Track Director, Biomechanics & Neural Eng.
  • Director, Orthopedic Biomech. and Bioengineering Labs
913-588-0069
G013 Wahl Hall West, KUMC

Associated Tracks

Biomechanics & Neural Engineering

Research Interests

Orthopedic Biomechanics

Headshot of Anil Misra
785-864-1750
5102C Learned Hall

Titles

Professor, Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering

Associated Tracks

Bioimaging
Biomaterials & Tissue Engineering
Biomechanics & Neural Engineering
Biomedical Product Design & Development

Research Interests

Nano-micro-macro mechanics of calcified and soft tissues, constitutive modeling and computational methods, scanning acoustic microscopy and ultrasonic testing

Randy Nudo, Ph.D.
913-588-1247
220K Landon Center on Aging, KUMC

Titles

Professor & Vice Chair of Research, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine
Director, Landon Center on Aging

Associated Tracks

Bioimaging
Biomechanics & Neural Engineering
Biomedical Product Design & Development

Research Interests

Neural Mechanisms of Recovery after Brain Injury
implantable Devices for Brain Plasticity

Photo of Neena Sharma

Titles

Assistant Professor, Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science

Associated Tracks

Biomechanics & Neural Engineering

Research Interests

Understanding biochemical and neural mechanisms contributing to chronic pain syndromes and the efficacy of various physical therapy interventions in modulating pain

Headshot of Suzanne Shontz
  • Track Director, Computational Bioengineering
  • Associate Professor, Electrical Eng. and Computer Sci.
785-864-8816
2001 Eaton Hall

Associated Tracks

Bioimaging
Computational Bioengineering
Biomechanics & Neural Engineering
Biomedical Product Design & Development

Research Interests

Computational Medicine
Computational Surgery
Computational Anatomy
Computational Biomechanics
Patient-Specific Model and Mesh Generation
Image Processing

Sara Wilson, Ph.D.
  • Track Co-Director, Biomedical Product Design & Dev.
  • Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
785-864-2103
3141 Learned Hall

Associated Tracks

Biomechanics & Neural Engineering
Biomedical Product Design & Development
Computational Bioengineering

Research Interests

Lumbar Spine Coordination and Control
Joint Dynamics and Stability

Headshot of Charlie Zheng
785-864-2904
2118C Learned Hall

Titles

Director, Aerospace Engineering Graduate Program
Professor, Aerospace Engineering

Associated Tracks

Biomechanics & Neural Engineering
Biomedical Product Design & Development

Research Interests

Biofluid Dynamics