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  • PhD Assistantship

    We have available a research assistantship for a student wishing to pursue
    a doctoral degree in either Mechanical Engineering, Engineering Mechanics
    or Bioengineering.

    The research project is entitled "How does malalignment affect the stress
    distribution in a total knee prosthesis?" We are interested not only in
    malalignment of the femoral and tibial components themselves, but also in
    the effect of the varus/valgus angle of the original knee as well. The
    effect of the malalignment on several factors will be studied; these
    factors include stresses in the remaining bone, stresses in the components,
    contact pressure between the components, etc. We will be using
    (predominantly) the finite element method to solve this problem, but the
    project will also involve some mechanical testing using cadaveric specimens.

    Students interested in this assistantship must satisfy the following criteria:
    (1) must be able to begin as soon as possible (as early as Aug 20, 1997)
    (2) must have an M.S. degree in a related field (or must have completed
    requirements for the MS degree)
    (3) must have a background and experience in finite element methods

    To apply, please send a c.v. to the address below. The c.v. must contain
    details of your FE experience, list of graduate courses taken and the names
    and addresses of 2 references.

    For additional information about the assistantship, please contact:

    Vasanti M. Gharpuray, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor
    Bioengineering & Engineering Mechanics
    501 Rhodes Research Center
    Clemson University
    Clemson, SC 29634-0905
    (864) 656-5555 Voice
    (864) 656-4466 FAX