ASME Appoints Francesco Travascio Team Leader of the Spine and Joint Section of its Bioengineering Division

Francesco Travascio, assistant professor in the Department of Industrial Engineering, has been appointed team leader of the Spine and Joint Section of the Bioengineering Division (BED) of the American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME).

“BED is focused on the application of mechanical engineering knowledge, skills and principles from conception to the design, development, analysis and operation of biomechanical systems,” Travascio explains. The division works through technical committees for Fluid Mechanics; Design, Dynamics, & Rehabilitation; Biotransport; Cell & Tissue Engineering; and Solid Mechanics. In addition, BED has an Education Committee. Each technical committee has multiple sections; in Travascio’s case, the Spine and Joints Section is part of the Solid Mechanics committee.

“The function of the section is similar to that of its committee: to promote research and education within its respective field,” Travascio says. “This is done by individuating areas for development of research – for example, robotics for bioengineering or multi-scale modeling – and promoting them by organizing seminars, workshops, invited talks, etc. during ASME conferences.”

ASME is a not-for-profit membership organization that enables collaboration, knowledge sharing, career enrichment and skills development across all engineering disciplines. Its goal is to help the global engineering community develop solutions that benefit lives and livelihoods. Founded in 1880 by a small group of leading industrialists, ASME has grown to include more than 130,000 members in 151 countries, of which 32,000 are students.

ASME serves a wide-ranging technical community through quality programs in continuing education, training and professional development, codes and standards, research, conferences and publications, government relations, and other forms of outreach.

Travascio earned a doctorate in chemical and materials engineering from University of Naples in Naples, Italy, and a doctorate in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Miami. To date, he has published more than 80 articles in national and international journals and proceedings.

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