Posted on Sep 2, 2014 in “Faculty”
Billiar, WPI provide a presence at recent World Congress of Biomechanics
• While studying mechanical engineering as an undergraduate at Cornell University, Professor Kris Billiar came across a course on biomechanics, and was fascinated by the concept.
“I loved to tinker with machines and such,” he says, “but I thought the body was the coolest machine, because it could actually change in response to what you do.”
Biomechanics, which employs the principles of mechanics to study biological problems, is a wide-ranging and growing field, spanning all the way from the molecular level to full organisms – humans, animals, and plants alike.
Every four years, the leaders in the field and upcoming protégés get together to discuss new developments, research, challenges, and opportunities as part of the World Congress of Biomechanics, held this year in July at Boston’s Hynes Convention Center.
Billiar, a professor of biomedical engineering and mechanical engineering and a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, served as a liaison for ASME, helping organize numerous sessions.
The seventh annual, six-day event brought together engineers, biologists, mathematicians, physicists, computer scientists, chemists, and scientists with various clinical specialties to study everything from basic biology to the latest technological advancements in more than 400 different sessions.
Because of its location and the growing interest in the field, it attracted 4,000-plus attendees from at least 50 countries, Billiar says, calling it “by far the largest biomechanics conference ever.”
In the past, the World Congress has been held in California and cities around the world, typically drawing around 2,000 participants. The next is scheduled to be held in 2018 in Dublin.