Dr. Jiayu Liu

Congratulations to Dr. Jiayu Liu for his successful dissertation defense, “Mechanics-Based Design of Stimuli-Responsive Hydrogel Structures and Devices“. Abstract: Stimuli-responsive hydrogels undergo large swelling in response to a wide variety of stimuli, such as temperature, biochemical molecule, pH, electric or magnetic field. Programmable shape changing devices made from stimuli-responsive hydrogels have potentially wide-ranging applications, including [...]

A small reunion

One of the pleasures of teaching is seeing how well your former students are doing in their new adventures.  I ran into JHU ME alumni Bailey Hannon and Martha Whiting, BS 2015 at ARVO. I taught them both in Biosolids and Martha built an essential test fixture for my lab as an REU student.  Both [...]

Dr. Michelle Chen

Congratulations to Dr. Michelle Chen for her successful dissertation defense, “Mechanochemistry of Collagen Network Remodeling in the Sclera“. Abstract: The primary load-bearing tissue of the eye is the sclera, the eye’s white outer shell. It helps the eye maintain its shape by resisting intraocular pressure and protects the delicate intraocular structures. The sclera is able [...]

Happy New Year

We celebrated the end of 2018 and beginning of 2019 with our annual get together. There was a Battle Ship and Mario Kart face-off between PhD students and postdoc and a 9 year old. Guess who won most of the time. There were also lots of food and a dessert bake off. Vicky Nguyen won [...]

Dr. Jingkai Guo

Congratulations to Dr. Jingkai Guo for his successful dissertation defense, “Modeling the Mechanical Behavior of Soft Active Materials“.  Abstract below. Soft active materials are capable of converting chemical or physical energy into mechanical work in response to various environmental stimuli such as pH, solvent, salt, heat, humidity, electric or magnetic field, and light. These materials [...]

Congratulations to Tracy

Tracy Ling wins first place in Masters Level Paper (Poster) Competition at the World Congress in Biomechanics in Dublin, Ireland.  Here is a picture of her winning poster in the lab. This has been a good year for Tracy. She also won a travel award to give a podium presentation at ARVO in Honolulu, Hawaii [...]

Dr. Dan Midgett

Congratulations to Dr. Dan Midgett  for his successful dissertation defense, “Measuring the Full-Field Inflation Response of the Optic Nerve Head“.  Abstract below. The optic nerve head (ONH) is the region where the retinal ganglion cell (RGC) axons travel through the eye wall and bundle to form the the optic nerve. The lamina cribrosa (LC) and [...]

Lab Mug Design

We held a contest to design our lab mug. It was inspiring to see all of your creative design. Tracy Ling’s design won a close vote. But since there were so many great ideas, I combined a few of the top vote getters to come up with the final mug design. “Who, what, where, why, [...]