Spencer Lake, associate professor of mechanical engineering & materials science, has been elected a Fellow of the American Society for Mechanical Engineers (ASME), joining an elite group of fewer than 3,500 Fellows out of more than 79,000 society members.
Fellows are elected to be the essential resource for mechanical engineers and other technical professionals worldwide for solutions that benefit humankind. Fellows are selected for their engineering achievements and experience in the field. Lake received the Y.C. Fung Early Career Award from ASME in 2018.
Lake’s research focuses on soft tissue biomechanics with an emphasis on orthopedic tissues, such as tendons and ligaments. His research uses a multiscale experimental and computational approach to evaluate the in vivo loading environment, tissue properties and microstructural structure-function relationships of tissues that function in complex physiologic environments.
Research in Lake’s Musculoskeletal Soft Tissue Laboratory aims to enhance fundamental understanding of healthy tissue properties, elucidate changes that occur in (and mechanisms responsible for) injury/disease and provide guidelines for improved treatment/replacement strategies. While focused primarily on tendon and ligament of the upper extremities, such as the shoulder and elbow, these studies also have broad applicability towards understanding properties and relationships of many different native and engineered soft tissues.