Charles Huang Elected as a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers

Recognized for Interdisciplinary Biomechanics and Mechanobiology Research

Charles Huang, an associate professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, has been elected a fellow to the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASEME), an honor bestowed on only 3% of members. Huang’s research in the areas of biomechanics and mechanobiology has resulted in key contributions to the field of mechanical engineering.

Abnormal mechanical loading is often an etiological factor for degeneration of musculoskeletal soft tissues which can lead to major clinical problems such as osteoarthritis and disc degeneration. Huang is studying orthopaedic soft tissues, especially biomechanics of cartilaginous tissues, mechanobiology of intervertebral disc and impact injury of articular cartilage, in an effort to develop strategies to avoid tissue degeneration.  He is also researching the mechanobiological regulations of differentiation of adult stem cells which can generate replacement cells and tissues offering the possibility of cell-based regenerative therapies to treat Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases, spinal cord injury, heart disease, diabetes and osteoarthritis.

To be considered for an ASME Fellowship, candidates must have 10 years or more of active corporate membership in the organization and must have at least 10 years of active practice. Then a sponsor has to nominate the individual for fellowship and write a letter of recommendation, which go alongside three other letters from sponsors, preferably ASME Fellows. A maximum of 10 significant publications in the appropriate field are accepted for review, and a decision based on these documents is made by the fellow review committee.

Founded in 1880 by a small group of industrialists and comprising more than 130,000 members in 151 countries, ASME is a nonprofit membership organization that enables collaboration, knowledge sharing, career enrichment, and skills development across all engineering disciplines for the purpose of helping the global engineering community to develop solutions to benefit lives and livelihoods.

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