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In the Biomechanical Design Research Laboratory (BDRL) at Michigan State University my students and I apply 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.

Recent Projects

Research News

Dr. Bush and Dr. Pelled teamed up to research movement and brain function of octopuses.
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Detroit News interviews and published an article about Dr. Bush and the engineers who helped create the brace for Nick Ward to play with his hand injury.
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Dr. Bush was interviewed by Dalton Shetler. He asks about the work Dr. Bush and other engineers did with Nick Ward to make his brace.
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Bush Lab was featured on MSU Today showing the lab and interviewing Dr. Bush.
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Dr. Bush's team asked to help develop an protective brace for Nick Ward after he injured his hand playing basketball. Dr Bush's group scanned Nick Ward's hand so we could develop a custom device that fit every contour of his hand. We also collected force data so we could identify the type of loading the device might see during a game. Since Nick was not able to handle a ball right after surgery, Xavier Tillman filled in an conducted all the ball handling. Then Larry Drzal and his team printed palmar and dorsal shield to match the hand contours and Tom Pence's group ran a stress analysis on the structure with the applied force data. Nick wore the hand shield during the Big 10 tournament!
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