The Biomechanical Design Research Laboratory (BDRL) applies engineering techniques and principles to the human body.  Our work includes in vivo experimentation, methods development, modeling, and device development. Specifically, we study kinetic and kinematic interactions that occur between people and devices, or during clinical procedures.

Also, to successfully accomplish biomechanical research that will be translational to the clinical world, it is important to fully understand current clinical practices, human limitations, and the etiology of the medical problem. Thus, our lab collaborates with faculty in MSU Colleges of Human and Osteopathic Medicine, College of Nursing, Department of Radiology, and School of Packaging. We also collaborate with clinicians at Grand Valley University and Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital and statisticians at Kansas State University and Bentley University.

Watch this video to get a better understanding of what some of the BDRL’s research is about.

Some of the recent projects this lab has taken on include:

  • Scooter impact test and fixture design
  • Designing devices for persons with disabilities 
  • Visualizing changes to hand function for better treatment and device design 

To get more information about this lab, please follow this link to their website: