The Biomechanics group within the MSU Department of Mechanical Engineering applies fundamental principles found in mechanical engineering and engineering mechanics to model the human body, predict its response, and create devices that aid in health monitoring, performance improvement, protection, and treatment. Our ability to analyze and model individual variations in health and performance make our work broadly applicable to the full range of populations: both the young and aging; the healthy and those who have sustained injury due to disease or trauma.

Typical Thesis Program in Musculoskeletal / Biodesign / Rehabilitation:

Fall   (9 credits)

  1.  Math class (core requirement for EM requirement)
  2. ME 820 Continuum Mechanics (core requirement for EM requirement)
  3. Choose one from:

          ME 496 Biodynamics

          ME 491 Biomechanical analysis of human movement

          ECE 802 Medical Imaging

          ECE 802 Biosensor Instrumentation, Processing, and Design

PSL 431 Human Physiology

CMSE 801 (or NSC801) Introduction to Computational Science: Tools for prediction, visualization, analysis and understanding

Spring   (9 credits)

  1. ME 821 Linear elasticity  (core requirement for EM)
  2. Choose either (core requirement for EM):

          ME 825 Experimental Mechanics

          ME 861 Advanced Dynamics

3.   Choose one from:

ME 495 Tissue Mechanics

ME 872 Finite Element Method

PSL 432 Human Physiology II

KIN 862 Neural basis of human movement

BME 444 Biosensor

ECE 447 Biomedical Imaging

Summer   (6 credits of research)

Fall   (6 credits)

     3. Choose one from:

          ME 496 Biodynamics

          ME 491 Biomechanical analysis of human movement

ME 891 Cardiovascular Mechanics  (even year)

ME 921 Nonlinear elasticity (odd year)

       4. Choose one from:

          ECE 802 Medical Imaging

          ECE 802 Biosensor Instrumentation, Processing, and Design

          PSL 431 Human Physiology