Annual Biomechanics Research Symposium

Friday, May 13, 2011

Clayton Hall | Conference Center
University of Delaware



A Smorgasbord of Delectable Morsels: A Personal Odyssey to Biomedical Engineering

Van C. Mow

Stanley Dicker Professor and Chair, Department of Biomedical Engineering
Columbia University

From early studies in aeronautical engineering to graduate studies in applied mechanics and applied mathematics at RPI, I eventually evolved into a full-fledged biomedical engineer. My lecture will provide some background into those early days of my growing up during World War II in China, and during some very difficult circumstances as a displaced refugee from China in America following the Communist revolution in 1949, to my postdoctoral studies in applied mathematics at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences (NYU) in 1967, and as a developer of anti-submarine sonar codes at Bell Laboratories, to my studies in biochemistry and musculoskeletal sciences in 1976 at Harvard Medical School, and eventually to evolving into a biomedical engineer, and as founder of Columbia’s Biomedical Engineering Department. I have completed my 25th year at Columbia, first at the Orthopaedic Surgery Department as the Anne Stein Professor of Orthopaedic Research and Director of the New York Orthopaedic Hospital Research Laboratory at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, then at the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science as the founder of Columbia University’s Department of Biomedical Engineering on Jan. 1, 2000. Along the way, I have been fortunate to be where things were happening, as Malcolm Gladwell observed in his book, The Outliers: The Story of Success, and fortunate to have the courage to adapt and adopt new ideas. Within the same spirit of quest for new ideas, I developed the well known biphasic and triphasic theories to describe hydrated-charged-soft biological tissues which today are some of the most highly cited references in the bioengineering literature. Indeed, it is recognized that my studies have caused a change of paradigm on soft tissue and diarthrodial joint biomechanics research over the decades. I will attempt to summarize the state-of-art knowledge in some selected areas in the field. Thus, my story is a story of adversity and courage to overcome challenges, both personally and professionally, and this story has also had important impact on the development of biomedical engineering, particularly in biomechanics, in America today.

Dr. Mow is an elected fellow of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Science, Academician of the Academica Sinica (Republic of China), and Associate Fellow of the Academy of Sciences of the Developing World (UNESCO).


  • Poster and podium presentations will be given by students with awards for the best presentations

  • Check out ongoing biomedical research projects

  • Social interaction and networking among faculty, students, clinical collaborators and industry professionals

  • Morning snack and lunch provided for all who register

Abstract Submission and Deadline Information

  • Abstract Submission Form

  • Abstracts due by Friday, April 8, 2011

  • Poster size requirement: no larger than 3' x 4' vertical or horizontal



Breakfast & Poster set-up


Welcome & Introductory Remarks
Dr. Jill Higginson, Director of the Center for Biomedical Engineering Research


Keynote Lecture:
A Smorgasbord of Delectable Morsels: A Personal Odyssey to Biomedical Engineering
Dr. Van C. Mow
Stanley Dicker Professor and Chair of Biomedical Engineering at Columbia University




Podium Session 1




Poster Session 1 (odds)


Poster Session 2 (evens)


Podium Session 2

4:30 Awards Session

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