Engineering professor receives inaugural early career award

Author: William G. Gilroy and Nina Welding


The Minerals, Metals&Materials Society (TMS) has named Ryan K. Roeder, assistant professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering at the University of Notre Dame, the first recipient of its Early Career Faculty Fellow Award.

The new award recognizes an assistant professor for his or her accomplishments, specifically those that advance the academic institution with which the individual is affiliated, as well as those that broaden the technological profile of the TMS. The award will be presented in February during a conference at which Roeder will deliver the TMS Young Leaders Tutorial Lecture, discussing materials research in relation to multidisciplinary, application-driven technology.

Roeder, who specializes in biomaterials, materials science and mechanical behavior, joined the Notre Dame faculty in 2001, and is part of the Biomechanics and Biomaterials in Orthopaedics group in theCollegeofEngineering. Later this summer, he and several members of the group will move into a new building dedicated to the colleges efforts in biomedical engineering.

One of Roeders projects, which is funded by the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, focuses on the development of non-invasive techniques to better detect and image microdamage in bone. Microdamage indicates susceptibility to fatigue (stress) fractures, which is common in people undergoing intense physical activity, such as military personnel, athletes andmanual laborers. Microdamage also is implicated in fragility fractures of the elderly.

Another of Roeders projects, funded by the Indiana 21 st Century Research and Technology Fund, involves the study of processing-structure-property relationships in hydroxyapatite whisker reinforced polymers for synthetic bone substitutes.

Prior to joining the Notre Dame faculty, Roeder served as a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at theIndianaUniversityMedicalCenterinIndianapolis. He received his doctorate in materials engineering in 1999 fromPurdueUniversityand his bachelors degree, also from Purdue in materials engineering, in 1994.

Roeder has authored and co-authored numerous journal articles and conference proceedings. He also is listed on two patents for synthetic bone substitutes and scaffolds.

A member of TMS since 1995, Roeder also is a member of the Orthopaedic Research Society, the Society for Biomaterials, the American Society for Engineering Education, the Materials Research Society and the American Ceramic Society.

TMS, with nearly 10,000 members in more than 70 countries, seeks to promote the global science and engineering professions concerned with minerals, metals and materials. It provides forums, promotes technology transfer and educational development, and encourages interdisciplinary activities among the metallurgical and materials engineers, scientists, researches, educators and administrators that make up its membership.

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