PEOPLE

Principal Investigator

Claire Acevedo, PhD

Biography   

Claire Acevedo’s background and expertise is at the interface between mechanical behavior of materials, biology and experimental high-energy x-ray physics. Her research goals are directed toward understanding the mechanisms of deformation and fracture, and the biological responses at multiple length-scales (from molecular to macroscales). From her PhD study at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL), she worked on the influence of residual strains on fatigue resistance of metallic connections using high-energy neutron diffraction instruments. During her postdoc studies at UC Berkeley, UC San Francisco and the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, her research has centered upon the hierarchical organization and deformations of collagen and mineral nanocomponents to create specific macroscale mechanical properties and resistance to fracture. In biomechanics, she is developing an understanding of the role that osteocyte-mediated remodeling plays in affecting bone quality and how it can be degraded with bone fragility diseases.

Research My research focuses on fatigue and fracture mechanics, biomechanics, bone, tissue engineering, synchrotron based techniques, multi-scale approaches and biomaterials

Teaching Fall 2020/Fall 2019/Spring 2019: Introduction to Continuum Mechanics (ME EN 5530/6530), Spring 2020: Statics (ME EN 2010), Spring 2018: Strength of Materials (ME EN 3300)  

Graduate Students

Yoshihiro Obata 

Yoshihiro (Yoshi) Obata is a Mechanical Engineering Ph.D. student who joined the Fracture and Fatigue of Skeletal Tissues Lab in 2019. He graduated from North Carolina State University with a BS in Aerospace Engineering. During this time, Yoshi interned at NASA Langley Research Center where he developed a passion for  fracture mechanics research. At the U, he works primarily with synchrotron radiation micro-computed tomography (SRuCT) datasets to understand how changes in bone quality and bone fragility are related. His other interests include climbing, running, biking, and listening to music. Email: u1268059@utah.edu  

James Rosenberg

James joined the lab in 2017. He is a Ph.D student studying fragility diseases, fatigue life, and mechanical properties of bone. He graduated from the University of California Merced with BS in Material Science and Engineering with an emphasis in Nanotechnology. He interned for two summers at NASA Langley where he worked on boron nitride nanotube composite materials. His other interests include photography, biking, and cooking. Email: u1214872@utah.edu

Michael Sieverts

Mike is studying bone through image data such as μCT and microscopy. He is interested in the application of data science to help understand, and draw conclusions about the data he is working with.  Email: u0626735@utah.edu

William Wolley

William Woolley graduated back in France in a Master of “Training, Biology, Nutrition, and Health,” and then he obtained a second master’s degree in “Bioengineering of Tissue and Implants”. He joined the University of Utah in 2019, first as an intern, then he stayed to pursuing his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering. His interest is about assessing the effect of bone quality on the mechanical properties of bone. He is working on the effect of high fracture risk diseases, such as diabetes, on the collagen. Email: u6023925@utah.edu

Undergraduate Students

Lily Kim

Lily is in her 4th year of undergrad. She is studying mechanical engineering with an emphasis in solid mechanics and has a minor in mathematics. Her research looks at the effect of bone material properties as they undergo different saturations. Email: u1026066@utah.edu

Former Students

William Woolley (Summer intern, Summer 2019) Justin Joseph Schofield (Undergrad research assistant, Spring 2019) Charles Luke Nelson (UROP scholar Fall 2019, Spring 2019) Clement Simon (Summer intern, Summer 2018) Julia Dominesey(Undergrad research assistant, Summer 2018)