Dr. Michael Hast Seminar | Mechanical Engineering & Mechanics

Friday, April 19, 2019 at 4:10pm to 5:00am

Packard Laboratory, 466
19 Memorial Dr W, Bethlehem, PA 18015

Shifting the Paradigm of Orthopaedic Implant Assessment: Computers, Cadavers, and Crushers- Oh My

ABSTRACT: The overarching goal of the Biedermann Lab is to characterize the macroscopic biomechanical interactions between connective tissues, bone, and orthopaedic implants.  Our focus is to assess how changes in implant designs and surgical techniques affect clinical outcomes, especially in trauma applications.  We create novel testing techniques to recapitulate physiologically relevant loading parameters with in vivo, in silico, and in vitro models.  In this lecture, Dr. Hast will outline the development and use of this paradigm with respect to several completed and ongoing studies within the Biedermann Lab.

BIO: Michael Hast is an Assistant Research Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania, and serves as the Director of the Biedermann Lab for Orthopaedic Research.  Dr. Hast’s career in orthopaedics has been multi-disciplinary in nature, which has given him unique experiences with design of orthopaedic implants, computational modeling, characterization of soft tissue mechanics, and benchtop implant testing.  After graduating from the Pennsylvania State University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, Mike started his career in orthopaedics as a research engineer at Stryker Orthopaedics.  There, he designed and developed surgical tools associated with total knee replacements.  Mike returned to Penn State to pursue a doctorate in Mechanical Engineering, where he developed dynamic musculoskeletal models of total knee replacements.  His capstone project won the 2011 ASME Grand Challenge to Predict Tibiofemoral Loads.  Over the last seven years at the University of Pennsylvania, Mike has executed a wide spectrum of research projects involving connective tissues, cartilage, bones, and implants.  Most recently, Dr. Hast has focused his research on the relationships between trauma implant compliance and fixation in the presence of osteoporotic bone.  Mike currently serves as an Implant Section Officer and Ambassador for the Orthopaedic Research Society.  The overarching goal of his career is to create biomechanical models that can be directly translated to the clinic, where results can improve standards of patient care.




Target Audience

Graduate Students, Faculty

Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics Department, P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science
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