Professor Atieh Moridi has been awarded a 2024 Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS) Early Career Faculty Fellow Award. The award recognizes “an assistant professor for his or her accomplishments that have advanced the academic institution where employed, and for abilities to broaden the technological profile of TMS.” Awardees are evaluated based on their personal achievements and ability to broaden the existing technological profile of the society, among other qualifications.
Developing a new generation of biosynthetic lubricants
CAMEO members Dr. Lawence J. Bonassar, Daljit S. and Elaine Sarkaria Professor in the Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering and the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, David Putnam, Professor in the Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering and Smith School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Dr. Heidi Reesink, associate professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University are part of an interdisciplinary team that has been awarded a grant for $2 million under the National Science Foundation’s Leading Engineering for America’s Prosperity, Health and Infrastructure program (LEAP HI). The goal of the award is to develop a new generation of biosynthetic lubricants that have the potential to treat arthritis and reduce the painful friction of artificial joints.
Congratulations to Chris Hernandez for named to the inaugural class of BRITE Fellows. The award comes with $1 million in research funding from the National Science Foundation’s Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation. Read more
In her more than 20 years as an ORS member, Dr. van der Meulen has served in numerous and varied roles at the organization, as well as being a longtime advocate for early-career and marginalized professionals in the academy. Read more
The 2022 Kappa Delta Ann Doner Vaughn Award was presented to Lawrence J. Bonassar, PhD, for his research on the microscale mechanics and composition of articular cartilage and their relevance to musculoskeletal disease. Read more
Congratulations to Atieh Moridi on being selected as the 2022 Johnson & Johnson WiSTEM2D Scholars Award winner for the Manufacturing Category.
Atieh Moridi earned her Ph.D. (cum laude) in Mechanical Engineering from Politecnico di Milano in 2015; served as a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering Departments at Massachusetts Institute of Technology between 2015 and 2018; and has been an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University since 2019. Dr. Moridi’s proposal addresses a number of the challenges to personalized medicine, in which treatments can be tailored to the individual needs of each patient. In particular, in a customized-materials–reliant field like orthopedics, which has stringent regulatory oversight and requires high-quality, defect-free parts, these challenges include the inability for current implants to mimic the structure and mechanical properties of the bone, inaccurate anatomical fitting that adversely affects surgical placement of the devices, and limited restoration of the biological function of the remaining bone surrounding the implant. One field that is expected to play a growing role in the evolution of materials that will enable more personalized medical treatment is Additive Manufacturing (AM). The ease of design customization and the achievable structural complexity via AM could present the solution to unanswered materials issues in orthopedics. Unlocking the full potential of AM requires addressing a number of fundamental challenges including process stability, part quality and reproducibility. Dr. Moridi’s research aims to improve the quality of AM by developing a new paradigm for real-time detection of process anomalies by “listening” and “watching” the AM process using acoustic emissions and synchrotron X-ray imaging. She proposes to use machine learning to correlate physics-based insights from sophisticated X-ray imaging experiments to simpler, low-cost, and scalable acoustic emission signals. Having such a reliable technology for qualification of parts as they are printed is critical for one-off printing of patient-specific implants and provides a new paradigm for affordable, personalized healthcare. Through her collaboration with the Center for Advanced Materials and Engineering in Orthopedics (CAMEO) at the Hospital for Special Surgery, her research discoveries promise to be translated into clinically relevant applications, ultimately impacting real patients.
She has an excellent publication record for someone at this stage of her career, with 13 peer-reviewed journal articles (first author on 6 of these papers) and a sole-authored book. Her record shows an impressive citation count of 1345 and a Field Weighted Citation Index of over 2.5. She is Principal Investigator or Faculty Adviser on current grants totaling over $1,000,000.
Congratulations to Phd students Jason Chang, Andarawis-Puri Group and Tibra Wheeler, van der Meulen Group on being selected to receive Diversity Programs in Engineering Awards for 2021. Jason received a Ephrahim Garcia Graduate Excellence in Mentoring Award and Tibra received a Zellman Warhaft Graduate Student Commitment to Diversity Award.
HSS-CU CAMEO is awarded an NIH Training Grant for the ‘Combined Engineering and Orthopaedics Training Program’. The goals of the 5-year program are to educate, support, and empower exceptional pre-doctoral and post-doctoral trainees to excel in careers that apply the principles of engineering to maintain and restore musculoskeletal function. The emphasis is on developing well-rounded scientists and clinician-scientists who will leverage cross-disciplinary collaborations, cross-institutional resources, and comprehensive mentoring to develop successful independent careers in the orthopaedic sciences. For more information, contact Dr. Suzanne Maher (email@example.com) or Dr. van der Meulen (firstname.lastname@example.org).