Dr. Joel M. Bach

Brown Building W310H
Colorado School of Mines
Golden, CO 80401, USA

Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Director, Center for Biomechanics and Rehabilitation Research
Associate Director, Bioengineering and Life Sciences

Associate Clinical Professor, Assistive Technology Partners, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Colorado, Denver
Associate Clinical Professor, Orthopaedic Biomechanics Labs, Department of Orthopaedics, University of Colorado, Denver

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Curriculum Vitae

Fall Semester 2017
Introduction to Biomechanical Engineering (MEGN 330)

Senior Design/Human Centered Design Studio (EGGN 491&492)

Spring Semester 201
Musculoskeletal Biomechanics (MEGN 430) - Being offered by Dr. Jeffers
Senior Design/Human Centered Design Studio (EGGN 491&492)
Rehabilitation Engineering (MEGN 532) - Similar course being offered as MEGN598B by Dr. Jeffers

Not teaching this academic year
Introduction to Mechanical Engineering (MEGN 200)
Rehabilitation Engineering (MEGN 532)

Prosthetic & Implant Engineering (MEGN 531)


Research Interests:
Dr. Bach's research interests include adaptive sports equipment design, Rehabilitation Engineering, medical device design, Computer Assisted Surgery, musculoskeletal, Orthopaedic, occupational, and sports biomechanics. Techniques used range from mechanical testing to computer simulation and modeling.

Articulated cross-country Sit Ski

Two recent Senior Design teams. Left is an articulated cross-country sit ski for backcountry use. Right is braking and seating modifications of a FourCross downhill mountain bike to make it suitable for incomplete quadriplegics and others with upper-extremity weakness.

Professor Bach's research focuses on the application of engineering design, instrumentation, testing, analysis, and simulation to problems in Biomechanical and Biomedical Engineering, He works with a team of researchers working on a variety of projects being performed jointly at the Center for Biomechanics and Rehabilitation Research at CSM in collaboration with researchers at Assistive Technology Partners and the Orthopaedic Biomechanics Labs at the CU Denver.  The collaboration with Assistive Technology Partners is in the areas of Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology with particular focus on issues of wheelchair seating and mobility and alternative computer input.   The collaboration with Orthopaedics is focused on injury and reconstruction biomechanics with a particular emphasis on Computer Assisted Surgery.  Additional collaborations with faculty as CSM are focused on Rehabilitation Robotics.  Other research projects include instrumentation and sensor development, device design, biomedical modeling, injury prevention and repair, and analysis of normal and pathologic biomechanics.


Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering, University of California, Davis
B.S. Aerospace Engineering, State University of New York at Buffalo

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  Last updated:  Tuesday, November 14, 2017