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John P. Collier

John P. Collier John.P.Collier@Dartmouth.edu | Telephone: (603) 646-2355

John Collier is the Myron Tribus Professor of Engineering at Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth. He received his A.B. from Dartmouth College and his B.E., M.E., and D.E. degrees from Thayer School of Engineering. He is a member of the Society for Biomaterials, the Orthopaedic Research Society and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Collier has been a research consultant for Canadian Oxygen, Ltd., DuPont Inc., and for DePuy, a Johnson and Johnson company. He has authored over 30 technical articles and delivered more than 50 conference presentations on aspects of orthopedic implant design and engineering. He also holds three patents for design or processes relating to orthopedic prostheses. At Thayer School he teaches the School's signature course, ENGS 21, Introduction to Engineering, as well as other courses in design methodology and biomaterials.

  • Bachelor of Arts, Dartmouth College, 1972
  • Bachelor of Engineering, Thayer School of Engineering, 1973
  • Master of Engineering, Thayer School of Engineering, 1975
  • Doctor of Engineering, Thayer School of Engineering, 1976

Michael B. Mayor

Michael B. Mayor Michael.B.Mayor@Dartmouth.edu | Telephone: (603) 650-6624

Michael Mayor is the William N. and Bessie Allyn Professor of Surgery in Orthopaedics at The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and emeritus Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. He received his B.E.E. from Yale's Sheffield School of Engineering and his M.D. degree from the Yale School of Medicine. He is a member of the American Orthopaedic Association, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the Orthopaedic Research Society. Mayor has served with the F4 Committee of ASTM including terms as chairman, the FDA's Advisory Panel on Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Devices including terms as chairman, and on the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons' and the Orthopaedic Research Society's committees. He has authored over 30 published articles and delivered more than 20 conference presentations on orthopaedic implant retrieval analysis and biomechanics. He has served on the thesis committees for bachelors, masters and PhD students at Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth for thirty years.

  • Bachelor of Electrical Engineering, Yale University, 1959
  • Doctor of Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine, 1965
  • Internship and Residency, Orthopaedic Surgery, University Hospitals of Cleveland, 1965-70
  • NIH Special Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Case Institute Biomedical Engineering Laboratory, 1970-71
  • Attending Orthopaedic Staff, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, 1971-2006
  • Faculty, The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, 1971-present
  • Adjunct Faculty, Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth, 1998-present

Douglas W. Van Citters

Douglas W. Van Citters Douglas.W.Van.Citters@Dartmouth.edu | Telephone: (603) 646-6406

Douglas Van Citters joined the faculty at the Thayer School of Engineering in January of 2007. His current research interests include polyethylene wear mechanisms at the micro- and nano- scales, fatigue properties of novel polyethylene formulations, wear and structure of alternative bearings for total hips, and cartilage tissue culture.

Professor Van Citters teaches Thayer School's two graduate courses in biomaterials, as well as classical mechanics courses and the capstone project design course. He helps advise the school's motorsports teams, and has been an active collaborator and advisor in the biomaterials field for projects from the departments of orthopaedics, pediatrics, radiology, physiology, and vascular surgery.

  • Bachelor of Arts, Dartmouth College, 1999
  • Bachelor of Engineering, Thayer School of Engineering, 2003
  • Master of Science, Thayer School of Engineering, 2003
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Thayer School of Engineering, 2006

Francis E. Kennedy, Jr.

Francis E. Kennedy, Jr Francis.E.Kennedy@Dartmouth.edu | Telephone: (603) 646-2094

Francis Kennedy is Professor of Engineering, Emeritus at Thayer School of Engineering, where he joined the faculty in 1974. His research activities have included tribology (friction, wear, contact mechanics, and lubrication) of polymers and knee prostheses, as well as biomechanics of the brain and the vascular system. He has published over 130 technical papers and numerous abstracts related to his research, six book chapters, and has edited four books. He is a Fellow of STLE and ASME, and was Chief Technical Editor of the ASME Journal of Tribology (1993 -1998).

  • Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 1963
  • Master of Science, Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, 1965
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Mechanics, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1973

Staff

Barbara H. Currier

Barbara Currier Barbara.H.Currier@Dartmouth.edu | Telephone: (603) 646-3642

Barbara began her work in orthopaedic device research in 1994 when she joined the Dartmouth Biomedical Engineering Center. Since 1994, she has been involved in the study of polyethylene bearings in hip and knee prostheses. Current research work is focused on investigating the factors influencing fatigue damage in the knee, and also the shelf and in vivo oxidation processes in UHMWPE bearings, using FTIR spectroscopy, uniaxial tensile testing, and numerical modeling. She has been the lead researcher and author of a number of recent studies on the in vivo performance of UHMWPE bearings.

  • Bachelor of Science, Rice University, 1978
  • Master of Chemical Engineering, Rice University, 1979

John H. Currier

John Currier John.H.Currier@Dartmouth.edu | Telephone: (603) 646-3642

John began his association with Dr. John Collier and his early work on hip prostheses in 1979. After spending a number of years working in both production and research for the petroleum industry, he returned to Dartmouth Biomedical Engineering Center in 1994. He has been involved in the study of polyethylene bearings in hip and knee prostheses. Current research work is focused on investigating wear and damage in knee bearings, the shelf and in vivo oxidation processes in UHMWPE components, and the performance of ceramic hip bearings.

  • Bachelor of Arts, Dartmouth College, 1979
  • Bachelor of Engineering, Thayer School of Engineering, 1981
  • Master of Science, Thayer School of Engineering, 1981

Rayna Levine

Rayna Levine Rayna.A.C.Levine@Dartmouth.edu | Telephone: (603) 646-3489
Research Associate

Rayna started work at the Dartmouth Biomedical Engineering Center in 2012 as lab manager. Her work includes evaluation of retrieved devices with Dr. Michael Mayor, as well as contributions to projects concerning metal-on-metal hip bearings and in vivo UHMWPE oxidation.

  • Bachelor of Arts, Dartmouth College, 2010

Steven Reinitz

Steven Reinitz Steven.D.Reinitz@Dartmouth.edu | Telephone: (603) 646-9321
Research Associate

Steve is a graduate of the Ph.D. Innovation Program at Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth. Steve's focus is on characterizing the chemical structure of polyethylene materials currently used in hip and knee joints, as well understanding the material changes that occur in vivo.

  • Bachelor of Arts, Dartmouth College, 2009
  • Bachelor of Engineering, Thayer School of Engineering, 2009
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Thayer School of Engineering, 2014

Ellen Wirta

Ellen Wirta Ellen.K.Wirta@Dartmouth.edu | Telephone: (603) 646-2239
Faculty Academic Assistant

Ellen joined Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth in 2011. She is the faculty assistant to Professor John P. Collier and Professor Douglas W. Van Citters. Her work involves administrative and academic assistance with engineering courses including Thayer's signature ENGS 21: Introduction to Engineering, ENGS 33: Solid Mechanics, ENGS 72: Applied Mechanics, ENGS 75: Product Design, ENGS 130: Mechanical Behavior of Materials, and ENGS 165: Biomaterials.

  • Bachelor of Science, Management, Keene State College, 1988

Students

Kathleen Lewicki

Kathleen Lewicki Kathleen.A.Lewicki.TH@Dartmouth.edu

Kathleen is a Ph.D. candidate at Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth.

Mitchell Fung

Mitchell Fung Mitchell.Fung.TH@Dartmouth.edu

Mitchell is an M.S. candidate at Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth.

Audrey Martin

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Audrey.J.Martin.TH@Dartmouth.edu

Audrey is a graduate student at Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth.