biomedical mechanics Engineering/Physical Sciences Research Area uri icon

Associated Departments


  • The development of effective prostheses, such as artificial hips and knees, is one highly visible and societally important aspect of biomedical mechanics. The field also contributes significantly to understanding the effects of mechanical forces on cell physiology, human locomotion and rehabilitation, and organ function. Engineering principles are combined with computer-aided design and visualization and structural analysis to answer basic and clinical research questions about the musculoskeletal and bone-implant systems. Close ties with surgeons at the Hospital for Special Surgery (the orthopedic affiliate of Cornell University Medical College) provide direct transfer of research-based technologies to the patient.