View Full Version : Graduate Assistantship-Femoral Fractures

Lorraine Mulfinger
10-16-1996, 01:59 PM
Ph.D. Graduate Student Opportunity

Penn State University

A 3 year effort has been initiated with continuing funding from the
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to study the
possibility of using a safety floor to reduce forces incurred by the
human body during a fall; specifically, the forces on the proximal
femur. The research isf ormulated to answer two fundamental questions:
1) What are the loading conditions that typically results in fall
related femoral fractures? and 2) Can a flooring system be used to
significantly reduce the risk of femur fracture?

The work is a collaborative effort between the Mechanical Engineering
Department, the Center for Locomotion Studies, and Hershey Medical
Center at the Pennsylvania State University. A Ph.D. student is being
sought to participate in this research. The student should have a
Master's degree (preferably in one of the engineering disciplines -
Mechanical Engineering, Engineering Science, Bioengineering, etc.),
have a strong background in the mechanical systems area (mechanics,
kinematics, dynamics), have a strong interest in biomechanical
engineering, and desire to pursue an academic career. It is preferable
that the student also have industrial experience related to mechanical
systems design and analysis. Interested persons should contact Dr.
Donald A. Streit, 101 Reber Building, Penn State University, University
Park, PA 16802, 814-863-1286, dstreit@psu.edu. Dr. Streit reserves
the right to reject any or all applicants, and to wave or change any or
all of the above criteria. The study is already underway and it is
hoped that a student will be available to begin work on this project as
soon as possible. Penn State is an affirmative action/equal
opportunity employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Lorraine M. Mulfinger, Ph.D.

Penn State University

Center for Locomotion Studies

Room 10 Intramural Building

University Park, PA 16802