This program focuses on engineering new biomechanical materials, sensors, actuators, and other parts and modules to interface and communicate with human biology and engineered systems for biomedical intervention. These parts and modules act as biotransducers to convert mechanical energy to biological action. Projects should be directed toward overcoming a technological challenge that limits biomedical adoption. This program encourages projects that use a design-build-test approach.
Examples of biomechanical parts and modules include but are not limited to:
- mechano-sensitive scaffolds for modulating tissue
- microgrippers and drills for surgical robots
- 3D printed tactile sensors for prosthetics
- soft elastomeric actuators for assistive devices
Furthermore, this program focuses on the development of mathematical and computational methods, the development of screening and processing tools, and the discovery of design principles to design, build, and test engineered biomechanical modules.
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