Vijay Modi is an engineer in search of problems. That is, he has changed the way he approaches engineering, and in the process, is helping address some seemingly minor challenges that, on further investigation, are extremely complex and can change the lives of a large portion of the world’s poor.
Kristin Myers investigates the mechanical behavior of soft tissues in order to understand how their tissue architecture influences constitutive behavior and disease development and to aid in early diagnosis and treatment.
Y. Lawrence Yao is part of a multi-institute consortium that, among other tasks, is charged with developing a high-throughput “biodosimetry” device capable of rapidly testing a large swath of the population in the event that an RDD (radioactive dispersal device), commonly called a “dirty bomb,” is detonated in a major metropolitan area.
Gerard Ateshian and his team are trying to understand how normal cartilage provides lubrication. That way, they can slow down the degeneration of the cartilage or come up with substitutes to repair worn joints.