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Interested in joining the lab?

We are in search of motivated and inquisitive undergraduate students to join the MMOT laboratory.

Shoot me an email if you are interested in joining or hearing more –

Principal Investigator – Ben Wheatley

I received a B.S. in Engineering from Trinity College in 2011 and a PhD. After from Colorado State University in Mechanical Engineering in 2017. I specialize in orthopaedic biomechanics and computational modeling.

Current Undergraduate Students

Keith Grega (Biomedical Engineering ’21) – aponeurosis material properties
Anurag Vaidya (Biomedical Engineering ’21) – mechanics of compressed skeletal muscle
Ruth Segall (Biochemistry ’21) – skeletal muscle microstructure
Kristen Fu (Mechanical Engineering ’20) – mechanics of biaxially stretch skeletal muscle
Thomas Matsumura (Neuroscience ’22) – muscle activity patterns and types of human gait
Olivia Dyer (Biochemistry ’22) – structure-function of the muscle-to-aponeurosis junction

Previous Bucknell Students

Kristen Fu, Mechanical Engineering ’20
Elyssa Penson, Mechanical Engineering ’21
Margo Yancey, Mechanical Engineering ’19
Joelle Andres-Beck, Mechanical Engineering and Comparative and Digital Humanities ’20
Sai Pranav Rallabhandi, Mechanical Engineering ’21
Christine Bendzinski, Bucknell University ’18, Biochemistry ’18


Dr. Mark Seeley
Associate Program Director for Orthopaedic Surgery, Geisinger Medical Center
Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Geisinger Commonwealth Medical School
Collaborative projects – characterization and modeling of pediatric gait and joint mechanics

Dr. Seth Donahue
Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Collaborative project – bighorn sheep horn biomechanics

Dr. Keith Buffinton
Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Bucknell University
Collaborative project – computational modeling of soft robots