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. Ten high-end graphical workstations capable of rendering 3-D solid models and stacked medical images, such as computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), are available in this space.
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.
Additional specialized hardware equipment in this space includes:
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.