Sarah Denning was recently named the winner of the 7th World Congress of Biomechanics' Student Paper Competition, sponsored by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). Out of more than 120 submissions from nine of the world's major biomechanics communities, Sarah was named the winner of the undergraduate Solid Mechanics & Materials, Design Dynamics, Rehabilitation group. Sarah and coauthors (Richard Pisano, BME '15 and Aylin Dincer, Physics '13) were advised by Prof. Donna Ebenstein and Prof. Eric Kennedy of Biomedical Engineering. Sarah began her research on this project as a Presidential Scholar, literally beginning work on the project prior to attending her first class at Bucknell. Sarah and her faculty advisers are working with Dr. Thomas Bowen, an orthopaedic surgeon at Geisinger Medical Center, to evaluate various mechanical measurements that can be taken directly from bone at the site of fracture or other point of interest. These measurements would help supplant other global measures of bone quality (such as from DEXA scans), providing the physician quantifiable data that could influence post-operative treatment.
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