Harley Astin - Undergraduate Research Assistant
I am a junior in the University of Utah's Biomedical Engineering program, where I plan to pursue a Master's degree in the field. Outside of the Musculoskeletal Research Laboratory, I intern as a Market Analyst for the University's of Utah's Center for Technology & Venture Commercialization (TVC).
In the MRL I currently work on the creation of Finite Element (FE) models of the cervical spine, specifically the Craniocervial juntion (CCJ). This involves segmentation of data acquired from test subject's CT scans, meshing of the data, and the addition of anatomical elements such as facets and ligaments.
My overall interest in Biomedical Engineering is in the field of advanced prosthetic devices, specifically in the connections between a device and the patient's nervous system. In this lab I feel that I will learn the vital skill of computational modeling of elements of the human body, which I hope to then use as a way to design and model prosthetic devices personalized for each individual patient.