The mission of the Department of Biomechanics is to apply principles of engineering and materials science to solve orthopedic problems by conducting basic and applied research that translates to the development of orthopedic devices and instrumentation aimed at improved patient care. The Department also provides education and training for students pursuing careers in orthopedic surgery and biomedical engineering.
The Departmentís research, development, and educational programs are conducted in collaboration with the Hospitalís Orthopedic Services, the Musculoskeletal Integrity Program in the Hospitalís Research Division, and the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University. The collaboration with the Sibley School is under the auspices of the Cornell-HSS Program in Biomechanics. The Department also houses the Mechanical and Material Assessment Core, part of the Hospitalís NIH-sponsored Musculoskeletal Repair and Regeneration Core Center.
Cornell-HSS Program in Biomechanics
Since 1978, the Cornell University-Hospital for Special Surgery Program has existed between the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (Cornell University, Ithaca, NY) and Hospital for Special Surgery (affiliated with New York Presbyterian Hospital and Weill Cornell Medical College). The rationale for the Program is to formalize strong ties between the institutions so as to promote collaborative research, teaching, and patient care projects.
The Program is supervised by the Dean of Engineering at Cornell and the Surgeon-in-Chief at the Hospital. The Administrative Officer for the Program is Marjolein van der Meulen, PhD, Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Cornell and Associate Scientist in the Research Division of the Hospital. A budget for the Program shared by the two institutions has been established to cover travel, office supplies, and communications (including dedicated videoconferencing capabilities). The Program has served as a model for linkage programs between the Ithaca and New York City campuses, fostering educational and research programs between engineering faculty and students at Cornell and clinical and research staff at HSS. The Program has also been instrumental in the development of the Biomedical Engineering Department at Cornell, which has broadened the linkage beyond biomechanics to include other biomedical programs such as nanobiotechnology, imaging, instrumentation, and tissue engineering.
For more details on the Cornell-HSS Program in Biomechanics, go to http://www.bme.cornell.edu/bme/research/mechanics.cfm.
Timothy Wright, PhD
Director of Biomechanics