Please provide your lab and description of research.
Musculoskeletal Soft Tissue Lab, led by Spencer Lake. I investigate the effectiveness of therapeutic strategies in our model of elbow pathology.
Where did you complete your undergraduate degree?
What played into your decision to get a graduate engineering degree?
Overuse and acute musculoskeletal injuries are very prevalent in the military because of the high physical demands. I became increasingly interested in the mechanics of the human body and what might be leading to these high injury rates. Making a career switch from an active-duty Army aviation officer with a background in aerodynamics to a researcher in biomechanics required a graduate engineering degree.
Why did you pick WashU?
Many times, departure dates from the military get moved around by several weeks or months while you are waiting for your paperwork to be approved. My case was no different and caused a lot of stress as I was trying to figure out graduate schools while my wife searched for employment.
After my first email correspondence with Dave Peters, I knew WashU was where I needed to be. I emailed him out of the blue inquiring about graduate school as he was the mechanical engineering director of graduate studies at the time. The application window was about to close in two days, and he quickly walked me through the process to get everything started. For reasons unknown to me, they still considered my application even though I didn't have all the required documents submitted until nearly a month after the deadline.
The entire MEMS department was incredibly understanding of my unique situation and remained flexible as things changed. I cannot say enough positive things about the support I received from the MEMS faculty and staff.
It would be remiss not to mention the incredible engineering academic program and research. This is what initially led me to consider WashU but my previous statement is definitely what set WashU apart from other universities.
What was your favorite course and why?
Orthopedic biomechanics. It was my first course in biomechanics and reassured me that I had made the right decision.
What campus activities or groups would you recommend to a new student?
For veterans, I would say to get involved with the campus-wide student veterans association, WUVets.
Do you have any work history? If yes, please describe.
Served as an aviation officer in the Army from 2010 to 2016.
What are your plans for the future?