Bio-mechanical systems research for the undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, as well as for faculty researchers and their student teams, is supported by the Multi-Disciplinary Bioengineering Laboratory (MDBL).

The space contains a variety of hardware and tools necessary to maintain bench-top experiments and student projects, as well as a comprehensive library of bioengineering literature.

In addition to hosting the Mechanical Engineering undergraduate senior design, as well as Master's thesis work and Ph.D. dissertation work, the space is used for both the Exoskeleton student organization and the Biomedical Engineering Society.


  • 10 high-end graphical workstations capable of rendering 3-D solid models and stacked medical images
  • Floating licenses to critical domain-specific software, including state-of-the-art medical segmentation software (ITK-Snap and Blender), STAR-CCM+ (a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software that serves to resolve hemodynamics problems), and ABAQUS ( a solid mechanics software that serves to resolve deformable vessel wall as well as bone, muscle, and joint interaction problems), which interfaces with STAR-CCM+ for flow-structure interaction (FSI) problems.
  • Harvard oscillating pump for experiments that simulate pulsating cardiovascular flow
  • Data acquisition system
  • 3-D printer
  • Robot arms

Lab Information

Location: LB 161

Lab Director: Eduardo Divo

Contact Us: To speak to someone about this lab or any of our facilities, call us at 386-226-6100 or 800-862-2416, or email