Benjamin Wheatley

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
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About Benjamin Wheatley

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Educational Background

  • B.S. in Engineering, Trinity College, 2011
  • Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Colorado State University, 2017

Research Interests

  • soft tissue biomechanics and structure-function mechanisms

  • orthopaedic and musculoskeletal biomechanics

  • motion analysis and human dynamics

  • computational modeling, including finite element analysis and musculoskeletal modeling

  • neuromuscular biomechanics and stroke rehabilitation

  • bioinspired design of impact mitigating structures


  • Engineering Design Experience
  • Finite Element Analysis
  • Solid Mechanics
  • Senior Design
  • Interdisciplinary Senior Design

Selected Publications

Wheatley, B.B., Chaclas, N.A., & Seeley, M.A. (2022). Patellofemoral Joint Load and Knee Abduction/Adduction Moment are Sensitive to Variations in Femoral Version and Individual Muscle Forces. Journal of Orthopaedic Research. doi.org/10.1002/jor.25396

Lavigne, T., Sciumè, G., Laporte, S., Pillet, H., Urcun, S., Wheatley, B.B., & Rohan, P.Y. (2022). Numerical investigation of the time-dependent stress-strain mechanical behaviour of skeletal muscle tissue in the context of pressure ulcer prevention. Clinical Biomechanics. 105592. doi: 10.1016/j.clinbiomech.2022.105592

Trevor G Aguirre, T.G., Fuller, L.H., Ingrole, A., Seek, T.W., Wheatley, B.B., Steineman, B.D., Haut Donahue, T.L, & Donahue, S.W. (2020). Bioinspired material architectures from bighorn sheep horncore velar bone for impact loading applications. Scientific Reports. 10, 18916. doi: 10.1038/s41598-020-76021-5

Wheatley, B.B. (2020). Investigating Passive Muscle Mechanics with Biaxial Stretch. Frontiers in Physiology. doi: 10.3389/fphys.2020.01021

Grega, K.L., Segall, R.S., Vaidya, A.J., Fu, C., & Wheatley, B.B. (2020). Anisotropic and Viscoelastic Tensile Mechanical Properties of Aponeurosis: Experimentation, Modeling, and Tissue Microstructure. Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials. 110, 103889. doi: 10.1016/j.jmbbm.2020.103889

Vaidya, A.J. & Wheatley, B.B. (2019). An experimental and computational investigation of the effects of volumetric boundary conditions on the compressive mechanics of passive skeletal muscle. Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials. 102, doi.org/10.1016/j.jmbbm.2019.103526

Wheatley, B.B., Odegard, G.M., Kaufman, K.R., & Haut Donahue, T.L. (2018). Modeling Skeletal Muscle Stress and Intramuscular Pressure: A Whole Muscle Active-Passive Approach. Journal of Biomechanical Engineering. 140(8), 081006. doi: 10.1115/1.4040318

Drake, A.M., Haut Donahue, T.L., Stansloski, M., Fox, K., Wheatley, B.B., & Donahue, S. W. (2016). Horn and horncore trabecular bone of bighorn sheep rams absorbs impact energy and reduces brain cavity accelerations during high impact ramming of the skull. Acta Biomaterialia. 136(11), 41-50. doi:10.1016/j.actbio.2016.08.019

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