Biomechanics focuses on the application of engineering principles to the musculoskeletal system and other connective tissues. Research in this area addresses rehabilitation engineering, computer-assisted surgery and medical robotics, patient-specific biomechanical modeling, intelligent prosthetics and implants, and bioinstrumentation.

Faculty in Biomechanics

Joel Bach

Research Group:
Ability Research and Design Group

  • Assistive technology design
  • Rehabilitation engineering
  • Medical device design
  • Instrumentation and sensor development
  • Injury prevention and repair
  • Analysis of normal and pathologic biomechanics
  • Director, Human Centered Design Studio

Anthony Petrella

Research Group:  Computational Biomechanics Group

  • Computational biomechanics
  • Experimental study of the musculoskeletal system, specifically spine, hip and knee mechanics
  • Application of advanced nonlinear finite element analysis methods along with subject-specific anatomy and statistical techniques to simulate spinal function
  • Director: FEA Pro Interdisciplinary Graduate Program

Anne Silverman

Research Group:
 Functional Biomechanics Laboratory

  • Muscular compensations resulting from the use of prosthetic and assistive devices
  • Balance regulation during dynamic tasks
  • Musculoskeletal modeling analyses to predict optimal treatment interventions
  • Therapy and treatment effects on movement performance in children with cerebral palsy
  • Relationships between whole-body movement and the development of long-term secondary conditions