Kevin Moerman, Phd MSc BEng
Center for Extreme Bionics | MIT | Media Lab
75 Amherst Street | Room E14-274G | Cambridge, MA 02139
Kevin M. Moerman is a biomechanical and design engineer. After completing a Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering he worked as a design engineer of agricultural robotic systems. He then decided to pursue a Master’s degree in Bioengineering at Trinity College Dublin to learn how to apply his engineering skills in understanding and augmenting the human body. His final thesis focused on the finite element analysis of blast induced brain injury relevant to the design of protective headgear. Being fascinated by the union of fundamental science, engineering, and advanced computational methods he stayed at Trinity College to obtain a PhD in Bioengineering. The topic of the PhD was the creation of a framework for the non-invasive analysis of the mechanical properties of human soft tissue, with relevance to impact biomechanics and crash safety. The success of his PhD relied heavily on his broad engineering background. The work included the development and validation of novel experimental MRI equipment, sensors, and imaging methodologies. However it also involved the creation of a rigorous mathematical and 3D computational modeling framework for the investigation of muscle tissue mechanical behavior. Following his PhD he started as a post-doctoral research fellow at the Academic Medical Centre in Amsterdam, working on new techniques to understand and prevent pressure ulcer development. He is currently a research scientist and leader of the mechanical interfaces research track at the Biomechatronics department of the MIT Media Lab. His personal research focuses on automated methods for subject-specific prosthetic socket design. Kevin also holds a visiting research fellow position at Trinity College Dublin collaborating on computational modeling of soft tissue mechanical behavior. Kevin has shared his work at international conferences and is often involved in the organization of special sessions and workshops. During his academic career he has amassed a wealth of computational tools for image-based modeling and inverse finite element analysis, resulting in the creation of his GIBBON open-source software project.
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