This cluster brings together an interdisciplinary group who will develop novel technologies focused at the intersection of engineering, science, and medicine. Biomedical engineering is an area of global importance, and with an aging population, there is a growing need to deliver an increasingly technology-driven standard of patient care. Currently, 25 million U.S. citizens are dependent upon an implantable device to maintain life. Advances in materials science, medicine, and engineering have allowed us to enter a new phase in our understanding and use of implanted material. No longer are these materials inert substitutes, and increasingly the new implant interfaces with the body in a deliberately dynamic way. Many clinical challenges remain, and “smart” biomedical devices or novel tissue engineering techniques may hold the solution to revolutionize the diagnosis and treatment of conditions ranging from osteoarthritis to Alzheimer’s disease, as well as contribute in the prevention of disease. It is our goal to bring together medical scientists and engineers with the purpose of catalyzing new developments and discoveries that push the future of technology driven patient care into the next generation.
We’re looking for candidates with experience in fundamental and applied sciences in the study of the body’s response to an implanted device, and currently are hiring interdisciplinary positions involving the College of Medicine and the College of Engineering and Computer Science. Ideal candidates will have a strong interest and background in any of the following areas:
— Biomaterials; scaffolds, coatings; surface engineering;
— Implant infection; inflammation; implants and their integration with tissue;
— Tissue repair and regeneration following injury; disease or aging; sports and injuries;
— Drug delivery; cell therapy; disease modeling; bioprinting and artificial tissue development; organ assist devices (e.g VAD);
— Material development; reconstructive repair; implant design; implant wear; micro-tribology;
— Micro-mechanics; mems; bioactuators and real-time biosensors; medical signal processing;
— Wearable technologies and artificial prostheses.
Depending on the background and expertise, candidates may choose their tenure within the College of Medicine, the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, or within the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.
UCF Colleges and Centers Involved in Prosthetic Interfaces
- Advanced Materials Processing and Analysis Center
- College of Engineering and Computer Science
- College of Medicine
- NanoScience Technology Center
- Establish a critical mass of dedicated faculty to enable a viable interdisciplinary bio-medical engineering (BME) program at UCF with core competency in prosthetic interfaces for implantable devices and systems – a subset of the intelligent prosthetic domain
- Identify and form a focal point for world-class research and educational endeavors for UCF’s scholars working on technology pertinent to medical applications, devices and systems
- Enhance interdisciplinary research capabilities and infrastructure of other UCF-affiliated initiatives
- Establish an internationally prominent BME research program at UCF with core competency encompassing the entire intelligent prosthetic domain
- Develop a graduate and undergraduate program in BME
- Foster biomedical economic development in Orlando and Florida
- Position UCF as a world leader in the entire intelligent prosthetic domain
More details about the cluster can be found in the Prosthetic Interfaces Cluster Proposal.
Why Join the Prosthetic Interfaces Cluster?
VA and Medical City Connections
With the UCF College of Medicine helping to anchor Lake Nona’s emerging Medical City, the university is in a unique position to collaborate with the adjacent Orlando Veterans Affairs Medical Center, where prosthetics will play an important role as war veterans are returning home. The Veterans Affairs hospital already has shown interest in working with this cluster, and we have the potential to collaborate with them on research.
The international success of UCF’s Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering’s “Limbitless Solutions” team indicates strong student interest in biomedical engineering, specifically in prosthetics, which can be cultivated to significantly grow undergraduate and graduate programs at UCF. With a 3D printer and open-source blue prints, this student-led group is building limbs for children around the world – garnering the attention of international companies and celebrities alike.
UCF’s Biomedical Hallmark
Intelligent prosthetics will dominate the future of biomedical engineering, and it is in UCF’s strategic interest to lead this important domain. Additionally, the new Florida Advanced Manufacturing Center and advanced manufacturing consortium (ICAMR), the Orlando VA Medical Center, Florida Health and Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute – all in Lake Nona – and the growing interest by departments, colleges and centers in technology for medicine create unique opportunities to establish a world-class program in biomedical engineering that will cater to local and national organizations.
We’re Looking for the Best.
Prosthetic Interfaces Faculty
The following faculty are involved in developing and guiding the cluster and its efforts.
- Elizabeth Brisbois, Assistant Professor
- Kaitlyn Crawford, Assistant Professor
- Qiushi Fu, Assistant Professor
- Waldemar Karwowski, Professor and Chair
- Alain Kassab, Professor
- Sudipta Seal, Pegasus Professor, Director and Interim Chair
- Robert Steward, Assistant Professor
The Faculty Cluster Initiative is hiring in nine interdisciplinary areas to advance UCF’s areas of excellence and global impact. We’re looking for leaders to help shape collaborative research and teaching across the university.