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12-03-2001, 12:31 AM
The University of Kansas (KU) Mechanical Engineering Department is seeking
highly motivated M.S. and Ph.D. graduate students interested in
biomechanical engineering. Funding is available for qualified individuals.
Applications for Fall 2002 admissions and are now being accepted.
Applications should be received by March 30, 2002 for consideration for all
financial aid options.

Program Description:
KU Mechanical Engineering (KUME) has five full-time faculty with dedicated
research interests in biomechanics and biomaterials. Research
collaborations are developed with the University of Kansas School of
Medicine in both Kansas City and Wichita.

Degrees Offered:
The University of Kansas Department of Mechanical Engineering offers the
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree, the Doctor of Philosophy
and the Doctor of Engineering degrees. An undergraduate engineering degree
with a GPA of 3.0 is required for regular admission into the MS program. A
graduate GPA of 3.5 is required for regular admission into the Ph.D. or D.E.
program. Details of admission requirements can be found at
http://www.engr.ku.edu/me/grad_admission.htm. Application forms can be
found at http://www.ukans.edu/~graduate/.

Faculty Interests:
Research interests of the biomedical faculty include orthopaedic
biomechanics (specifically upper extremity, knee and spine), tissue
mechanics, control of trunk and spinal motion, motor control, aging
biomechanics, and orthopaedic biomaterials. Research opportunities both at
the Lawrence campus and the medical centers allow the student to be exposed
to a wide variety of experiences in the field of biomechanics.

Facilities & Equipment:

The Orthopedic Tissue Mechanics Research Laboratory has several Unix and NT
workstations, and utilizes servohydraulic materials testing equipment at KU
Medical Center. Research is ongoing in the areas of experimental and
computational forearm biomechanics, and skeletal tissue properties and

The Biomaterials Laboratory has servohydraulic test equipment for the
evaluation of biomaterials and mechanical testing of structures and devices.
Current research is focused in the areas of spine biomechanics and testing
of novel structural materials.

The Biodynamics Research Laboratory has the capability to measure kinematic
(OptoTrak* by Northern Digital Inc), kinetic (AMTI force plates and custom
built load cells), and electromyographic activity (DELSYS, Inc). Current
research areas involve aging biomechanics, motor control, muscle mechanics,
and force control.

The Experimental Joint Biomechanics Research Laboratory contains a
servohydraulic simulator of motion of the knee. Research areas in knee
biomechanics include validation of the knee simulator and analysis of the
response of the knee to ACL injury and reconstruction.

The Human Motion Control Laboratory has motion analysis equipment to study
control of trunk and spinal motion. Current research areas focus on risk
factors for age-related vertebral fractures, proprioception and its
relationship to low back pain, and the effects of scoliosis on trunk motor

Website addresses:
KU Biomechanics (http://www.engr.ukans.edu/~biomech)
KU Mechanical Engineering (http://www.engr.ku.edu/me)
KU Engineering (http://www.engr.ukans.edu)
University of Kansas (http://www.ku.edu)

Contact Information:
Lisa Friis, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Mechanical Engineering, University of Kansas
1530 W. 15th St., 3013 Learned Hall
Lawrence, KS 66045
785-864-2104, 785-864-5254 FAX

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