+++ Due to the Covid-19 pandemic the TU Berlin Summer University will not take place on campus this year. Registrations  for our Summer University Online program  are now open! +++
Biomechanics, as a growing field of engineering, has many applications in the health and sport sectors. This broad field of study includes the design of artificial implants, the development of human tissues in the lab, the measurement of human movement and the detection and treatment of pathological conditions, the understanding of the performance of our muscles and how to employ it in sport, the diagnosis of injuries, the imaging of biological tissues and the detection of their pathological state, etc.
In this course, the fundamental principles of biomechanics and their application to real life situations will be covered including: basic understanding of the application of mechanical principles in biology, understanding of anatomical and biomechanical terminology, application of biomechanical principles to human movement, basic understanding of the mechanical properties of biological tissues and the techniques used to determine them, and more recent advanced topics such as mechanics of cells, tissue imaging and tissue engineering.
Learning Goals and Syllabus
- Basic understanding of the application of mechanical principles in biology
- Understanding of anatomical and biomechanical terminology
- Application of biomechanical principles to human movement
- Basic understanding of the mechanical properties of biological tissues such as bone, muscle, ligaments etc. and the techniques used to determine them
- Learn to use engineering tools (hardware and software) to solve problems in biomechanics
The syllabus for Summer University 2020 can be found here .
You may find the syllabus useful when discussing with your home University whether the ECTS credits attainable for this course are accepted by them.
The general prerequisites of the TU Berlin Summer University are the following: at least one year of university experience + English level B2 or equivalent.
- Successful completion of courses in engineering mechanics and materials science
- Knowledge on Matlab software
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Sara Checa is Junior and Guest Professor on Biomechanics at Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin and TU Berlin since 2017, respectively. She has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Malaga and a PhD on Computational Biomechanics from the University of Southampton. She has conducted post-doctoral research at the Trinity Center for Bioengineering in Ireland, at the Julius Wolff Institute in Germany and at Stanford University in the USA. She is currently a group leader at the Julius Wolff Institute, specializing in computer modeling of mechano-biological processes with a focus on bone healing and adaptation at the tissue and cellular scales. She is an author of more than 40 publications in peer-reviewed journals, several book chapters and more than 80 contributions to international and national conferences. She has over 10 years of experience at teaching biomechanical related topics at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Dr.-Ing Melika Mohammadkhah is a postdoctoral associate in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Transport System at TU Berlin since 2017 with a focus on biomechanics of hard tissues. She obtained a Bachelor Degree in both Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering (Biomechanics) and a Master Degree in Biomedical Engineering (Biomechanics) all at Amirkabir University of Tehran, Iran. She accomplished her PhD degree on soft tissue biomechanics in 2017 at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. She has published several publications in peer-reviewed journals and contributed to different international and national conferences. She has over 5 years of professional teaching experience on many mechanical and biomechanical related courses such as introduction to biomechanics, mechanics of machines, numerical methods, experimental methods, statics and dynamics, etc.
Please direct questions about the course to the TU Berlin Summer University Team at: summeruniversity(at)tubs.de . We will answer your questions and direct specific queries regarding course content to the course lecturers where necessary.