OBL Personnel


Orthopaedic Biomechanics Laboratories

Orthopaedic Biomechanics Laboratories Personnel

Faculty and Staff

Dr. Roger Haut, University Distinguished Professor, Director of Orthopaedic Biomechanics Laboratories

Dr. Haut received a Ph.D. in Applied Mechanics (Biomechanics) from Michigan State University. In addition to his research, he is an editorial consultant for the Journal of Biomechanics and a member of the ASME Bioengineering Division's Honors Committee. He has received the title of MSU University Distinguished Professor, the 2000 O'Donoghue Award from American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine and has obtained grants from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control for research on blunt knee insults causing post-traumatic osteoarthrosis (1989-2004). Dr. Haut's Curriculum Vitae describes the publications and presentations that cover this research and related orthopaedic biomechanics activities in these laboratories since 1986.


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Dr. Feng Wei, Assistant Professor, Assistant Director of Orthopaedic Biomechanics Laboratories

Dr. Wei received a Ph.D. from Michigan State University with a research focus on ankle ligamentous injuries. He has since completed postdoctoral work at the Kessler Foundation with a research concentration on weight-bearing MRI of the osteoarthritic knee, and at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago with a research concentration on the study of musculoskeletal and neuromuscular disorders associated with abnormal control of posture and movement. Dr. Wei is currently working to develop new research initiatives in areas of human musculoskeletal system modeling, sports injury prevention and rehabilitation, pattern classification and recognition, imaging, lower extremity electromyography (EMG) in pathological gait, mechanotransduction in articular cartilage, and locomotor adaptation.


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Jean Atkinson, LVT, Research Assistant

Ms. Jean Atkinson is a licensed veterinary technician. Her primary responsibilities are animal care protocols, animal procurement, and daily monitoring of animal health and related research needs. She regularly interfaces with the Michigan State University Laboratory Animal Resources unit (ULAR) in the preparation of research protocols and animal care.


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Clifford Beckett, Electronic Systems Designer

Mr. Beckett has associate degrees in Biomedical Electronic Technology, Computer Electronic Technology, and Electrical Engineering Technology. He regularly assists undergraduate and graduate students in various research projects. Mr. Beckett is responsible for the design, construction, and maintenance of all mechanical and electrical/computer equipment in the OBL.

 

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Jerrod Braman, Motion Analysis Laboratory Technician

Mr. Braman received a M.S. in Engineering Mechanics from Michigan State University in 2010 and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a B.S. in Kinesiology from Michigan State Univeristy in 2006. His responsibilities include running tests on and designing projects for the Vicon Motion Capture System, the Novel Pedar-X Plantar Pressure Measurement System, the Delsys Trigno EMG system, and the thermal shoe testing system. He also assists undergraduate and graduate students on their projects related to these systems.

 

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Graduate Students

Trevor Deland, BS Mechanical Engineering, Michigan State University

Mr. DeLand is now working toward an M.S. in Engineering Mechanics. His major area of study is in the field of forensic biomechanics. Current projects include determining impact direction by examining fracture patterns in long bones and developing a correlation between fracture pattern and fall conditions in the developing porcine skull. He is also studying the effect of caging system size and design on the strength of bones in commercial laying hens.
Graduation: May, 2013

 

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Keith Button, BS Mechanical Engineering, Valparaiso University

Mr. Button is currently working toward an PhD in Engineering Mechanics. His major area of study is injury mechanisms of the lower extremity. He is currently studying the effect of traumatic anterior cruciate ligament injury on the tissues of the tibio-femoral joint and the development of osteoarthritis. His previous work includes developing subject-specific computational models of the human ankle to study high and medial ankle sprains
Graduation: May, 2015

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Brian Weaver, MS Mechanical Engineering, Michigan State University

Mr. Weaver is currently working toward an PhD in Engineering Mechanics. He is working on a project to effectively evaluate shoe surface interface characteristics using motion analysis and insole pressure measurement as an alternative to a force plate.
Graduation: May, 2014

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Undergraduate Students

Eric Darin, Junior, Mechanical Engineering

Mr. Darin, is working towards a BS in Mechanical Engineering. He is currently testing the material properties of chicken femurs and tibias to study growth patterns of caged birds. He also assists with mechanical testing of the tibio-femoral joint of rabbits, as well as other projects at the OBL.

Graduation: December 2013

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Ross Dudgeon, Senior, Mechanical Engineering

Mr. Dudgeon is working towards a BS in Mechanical Engineering with a Bio-option. He is currently involved in testing the mechanical properites of chicken humerus and tibia, as well as assisting in other projects at the OBL.

Graduation: May 2013

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Kathleen Fitzsimons, Senior, Mechanical Engineering

Ms. Fitzsimons is working towards a BS in Mechanical Engineering. She is currently involved in several projects involving testing on mechanical and thermal properties of shoes and boots as well as gait analysis with emphasis on shod conditions. She is also working on a project to effectively evaluate shoe surface interface characteristics using motion analysis and insole pressure measurement as an alternative to a force plate.

Graduation: December 2013

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Kevin Leikert, Junior, Physiology

Mr. Leikert is working towards a BS in Physiology. He is currently involved in mechanical testing of the tibio-femoral joint of rabbits related to traumatic ACL damage, while also studying the development of long term, chronic diseases such as osteoarthritis. He is also involved in research that is working to establish an effective method for evaluating shoe surface interface properties outside of the laboratory setting.

Graduation: May 2014

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Trevor McSween, Sophomore, Mechanical Engineering

Mr. McSween is working towards a BS in Mechanical Engineering. Mr. McSween was the subject of an MSU news video describing his work with the OBL involving shoes and athletic injury prevention. Student involved in hands-on research to minimize athletic injury risk.

Graduation: May 2015

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Kyle Wright, Junior, Mechanical Engineering

Mr. Wright is working towards a BS in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in Biomechanics. He is currently testing the material properties of chicken femurs and tibias to study growth patterns of developing chickens in different caged environments. Concurrently, he assists with the mechanical testing of tibio-femoral joints of rabbits with emphasis on ACL damage. He is also assisting with several other projects including improvments to and maintainence of laboratory testing equipment.

Graduation: May 2014

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Recent Graduates

Daniel Isaac, M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Michigan State University

Mr. Isaac completed his MS in mechanical engineering specializing in Biomedical Engineering in May 2009. He was involved in the mechanical testing of the tibio-femoral joint of rabbits while also studying the development of long term, chronic diseases such as osteoarthritis.

 

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Nurit Golenberg, M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Michigan State University

Ms. Golenberg completed her MS in Mechanical Engineering, specializing in biomedical engineering in May 2009. She tested mechanical properties of cartilage after impact and exercise. Additionally, she studied the effect of a neutraceutical on the injury of cartilage.

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Orthopaedic Biomechanics Laboratories
Attn: Dr. Roger Haut
East Fee Hall
965 Fee Road, Room A-407
East Lansing, MI 48824
phone:(517) 355-0320
email: haut@msu.edu


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