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11-02-2005, 08:22 AM
The Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) is actively seeking highly motivated Ph.D. graduate students interested in studying the biomechanics and motor control of human movement. Funding is available for qualified individuals.


A PhD Program in Biomedical Engineering is a collaboration between the UTSA and the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. The Program has three core focus areas, Biomaterials, Biomechanics, and Bioelectronics and Imaging. Students take introductory courses in all of these at these two universities, and then specialize in one. The Department of Biomedical Engineering at The University of Texas of San Antonio offers advanced training in the biomechanics of human motion leading to the Ph.D. degrees. In addition to the courses offered by the Department of Biomedical Engineering, students may take classes in other areas, such as Mechanical Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, or Psychology. Additional advanced courses, including research seminars, are also offered. Some background in the biological sciences is desirable and a good aptitude for math and mechanics is crucial. Fluent English is required.


The 2000 square foot Gait Analysis and Innovative Technologies (GAIT) Lab is well equipped to do research in various fields of human movement biomechanics. The Laboratory is equipped to measure 3D movement kinematics, externally applied forces and loads, and electromyographic (EMG) activity during a wide variety of human movement tasks. Current areas of research interest include: dynamic stability and falling; design and function of prosthetics, gait of below knee amputees across the age spectrum, and the acquisition of skilled/coordinated movements across the learning process. A focal point of many of these research projects will be applying and adapting methodologies from classical mechanics to analyze the biomechanical aspects of problems. These research projects involve integrating methodologies and techniques developed in the fields of biomechanics, motor control, engineering, physics, and physiology. The goal of the lab is to use these techniques to address interesting questions that arise in both the basic sciences and clinical practice.


Applications for admission and financial aid should be received by the Graduate School Admissions Office no later than February 1, 2006 in order for students to receive full consideration for ALL financial aid options. However, financial aid applications received up until August 1, 2006 will also be considered. For admission of a student into the Biomedical Engineering Program, the main considerations are: (a) the course background of the student (science courses, including Physics, Mechanics, Mathematics, Anatomy, Physiology, Biomechanics, Motor Control and Learning, etc.); (b) the student's GRE scores ("quantitative" and "analytical" scores should preferably be in the 600's or above); and (c) the student's record of interest and academic performance in the biomechanics of human movement. Outstanding students from the biological and engineering sciences are encouraged to apply. Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply. For more information about the graduate program, please visit our departmental homepage at http://bme.uthscsa.edu/.

Candidates are strongly encouraged to send a letter of interest to: Dr. Dawnlee Roberson, Biomedical Engineering, University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX 78749; Phone: 210-458-5520, Fax: 210-458-5515, Email: dawnlee.Roberson@utsa.edu.

If you are seriously considering graduate study at the University of Texas at San Antonio, you can request complete Department and University information from:

Ms. Priscilla Garza

Program Coordinator

College of Engineering

University of Texas at San Antonio

6900 N. Loop 1604 West

San Antonio, TX 78249

Phone: (210) 458-4492

Fax: (210) 458-5515



UTSA Graduate School: http://www.utsa.edu/graduate/

The University of Texas at San Antonio: http://www.utsa.edu/