Lab

Current students

Britney Lamarche

M.A.Sc. student
Britney Lamarche
Britney graduated from the Bharti School of Engineering in 2019 with a degree in mechanical engineering. Her research focuses on changes with age observed in trabecular packets of human vertebrae. This research is being performed in collaboration with Dr. Thomas Levin Andersen in the Department of Clinical Cell Biology at the University of Southern Denmark, where she spent three months preparing specimens for her research.

Publications

  • Lamarche BA, Thomsen JS, Andreasen CM, Andersen TL, Lievers WB. Changes with age in the trabecular bone structural units (BSU) of the lumbar spine. Oral presentation at the Northern Research Health Conference (NHRC2020) Conference. October 2, 2020;​ Sudbury, ON (online due to COVID). https://youtu.be/YYdS_wzDYSM
  • Lamarche BA, Thomsen JS, Andreasen CM, Andersen TL, Lievers WB. Trabecular bone structural units (BSU) in the lumbar spine decrease in size with age and bone volume fraction. Poster presented at the American Society of Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR2020) Conference. September 11-15, 2020;​ Seattle, WA (online due to COVID). [PDF]

Justin Gaudet

M.A.Sc. student
Justin Gaudet

Justin graduated from the Bharti School of Engineering in 2014 with a degree in mechanical engineering. After working for a couple of years for IONIC Engineering in Sudbury, he has returned to Laurentian to pursue a Master's degree in 2016. Justin's research, which is co-supervised by Dr. Scott Fairgrieve of the Department of Forensics, aims to improve the force measures recorded by an instrumented blunt- and sharp-force simulator.

Justin is now a farmer with Valley Growers near Sudbury, Ontario.

Publications:

  • Gaudet JR, Lievers WB, Fairgrieve SI. Development and commissioning of an instrumented pneumatic device to simulate blunt- and sharp-force trauma. Forensic Sci Int. 2020;307:110123. doi:10.1016/j.forsciint.2019.110123
  • Gaudet J, Lievers WB, Fairgrieve S. The Bone Impactor: An instrumented device for simulating blunt- or sharp-force trauma. Poster presented at the 2017 International Association of Forensic Sciences Conference (IAFS 2017). August 21—25, 2017; Toronto, Canada. [PDF]

Maxime Hogue

M.A.Sc. student
Maxime Hogue

Maxime graduated from the Bharti School of Engineering in 2017 with a degree in mechanical engineering. Her research focuses on sharp-force trauma and is co-supervised by Scott Fairgrieve from the Department of Forensics.

Maxime has been working at Lopes Ltd. in Conniston, Ontario and is working on her MASc part-time.

Publications

  • Hogue M, Fairgrieve SI, Lievers WB. Stabbing angle alters peak force and work during sharp force trauma of porcine ribs. Forensic Sci Int. 2020;314:110373. doi:10.1016/j.forsciint.2020.110373
  • Hogue MA, Fairgrieve SI, Lievers WB. Blade angle affects the peak force and work associated with sharp-force trauma. Paper presented at the 16th Ontario Biomechanics Conference (OBC2019). March 8-10, 2019;​ New Tecumseh, ON. [PDF]

Alumni

Katie Goggins

PhD student
Katie Goggins

Katie was a PhD student in the Bharti School of Engineering at Laurentian University (2014–2019). She did her undergrad and M.Sc. in the School of Human Kinetics, and then worked as an Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) officer for Golder Associates. Her research focused on measuring and modelling the effects of foot-transmitted vibration on the human body. She was co-supervised by Dr. Tammy Eger, Research Chair in OHS, from the School of Human Kinetics.

Katie is now working as a post-doc with Laurentian University's Centre for Research in Occupational Safety and Health (CROSH).

Publications:

  • Goggins KA, Oddson BE, Lievers WB, Eger TR. Anatomical locations for capturing magnitude differences in foot-transmitted vibration exposure, determined using multiple correspondence analysis. Theor Issues Ergonomic Sci. 2020;21(5):562-576. doi: 10.1080/1463922X.2020.1731623
  • Lievers WB, Goggins KA, Adamic P. Epidemiology of foot injuries using National Collegiate Athletic Association data from the 2009-2010 through 2014-2015 seasons. J Athl Train. 2020;55(2):181-187. doi:10.4085/1062-6050-560-18
  • Goggins KA, Tarabini M, Lievers WB, Eger TR. Standing centre of pressure alters the vibration transmissibility response of the foot. Ergonomics. 2019;62(9):1202-1213. doi:10.1080/00140139.2019.1626490
  • Goggins KA, Tarabini M, Lievers WB, Eger TR. Biomechanical response of the human foot when standing in a natural position while exposed to vertical vibration from 10-200Hz. Ergonomics. 2019;62(5):644-656. doi:10.1080/00140139.2018.1559362
  • Goggins K, Tarabini M, Lievers B, Eger T. Resonant frequency identification at 24 locations on the foot when standing in a natural upright position during vertical vibration exposure. Proceedings of the 7th American Conference on Human Vibration (ACHV2018). June 13-15, 2018;​ Seattle, WA:52-53.
  • Goggins K, Tarabini M, Lievers B, Eger T. Standing centre of pressure alters the virbation transmissibility response of the foot. Proceedings of the 7th American Conference on Human Vibration (ACHV2018). June 13-15, 2018;​ Seattle, WA:33-34.
  • Goggins K, Tarabini M, Corti F, Lievers B, Eger T. Resonant frequency identification at the foot when standing in a natural upright position during vertical vibration exposure. Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Whole Body Vibration (WBV2017). June 19–21, 2017;​ Gothenburg, Sweden:85-86.

Thesis

Madeleine Driver

M.A.Sc. student
Madeleine Driver

Maddie completed her mechanical engineering undergraduate degree at Queen’s University in 2016, during which time she completed research involving prosthetics. Keen to continue her interest in biomechanical engineering, she completed her M.A.Sc. degree focusing on finite element modelling of healthy and osteoporotic rat vertebrae under uniaxial compression. She was co-supervised by Keith Pilkey.

Maddie now works as at ANSYS Canada Ltd.

Publications:

  • Driver MG, Lievers WB, Pilkey AK. Load sharing of cancellous and cortical bone in rat vertebrae under uniaxial compression determined using finite element analysis (FEA). Poster presented at the American Society of Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR2018) Conference. September 28-October 1, 2018;​ Montreal, QC.

Thesis

  • Driver MG. Finite element analysis of cortical shell contributions to apparent stiffness and the effect of vascular apertures in rat vertebrae under uniaxial compression [Master’s Thesis]. Queen’s University: Kingston, ON; December 2018. http://hdl.handle.net/1974/25900

Matt Bennison

M.A.Sc. student
Matt Bennison

Matt graduated from the Bharti School of Engineering in 2017 with a degree in mechanical engineering. He worked part-time as a research assistant during his undergraduate studies, and liked it enough to stick around for a Master's, which he completed in 2019. His research considered the effects of architecture on the mechanical properties of cancellous bone.

Matt now works as a Manufacturing Engineer at Komatsu Mining in Sudbury, Ontario.

Publications

  • Bennison MBM Pilkey AK, Lievers WB. Misalignment error in cancellous bone apparent elastic modulus depends on bone volume fraction and degree of anisotropy. J Biomech Eng. 2021;143(2):021005. 10.1115/1.4047679
  • Bennison MBL, Pilkey AK, Lievers WB. Decrease in elastic modulus of cancellous bone due to misalignment depends on bone volume fraction and degree of anisotropy. Paper presented at the 16th Ontario Biomechanics Conference (OBC2019). March 8-10, 2019;​ New Tecumseh, ON. [PDF]
  • Morton JJ, Bennison M, Lievers WB, Waldman SD, Pilkey AK. Failure behaviour of rat vertebrae determined through simultaneous compression testing and micro-CT imaging. J Mech Behav Biomed Mater. 2018;79:73-82. doi:10.1016/j.mbbm/2017.11.021
  • Morton JJ, Bennison M, Lievers WB, Waldman SD, Pilkey AK. In-situ micro-computed tomography imaging of rat vertebrae tested under uniaxial compression. Invited presentation at the 29th Canadian Materials Science Conference (CMSC 2017). June 20—23, 2017; Ottawa, Canada.

Thesis

Adric Heney

M.A.Sc. student
Adric Heney

Adric was a MASc student at Queen’s University, working under the co-supervision of Dr. Keith Pilkey. He graduated in 2017 from the materials option of the mechanical engineering program at Queen’s, throughout which he worked with Dr. Pilkey as an undergraduate research assistant working with both high-strength steel and trabecular bone. Upon graduating he began his master’s research, focusing on the uniaxial compressive mechanical behaviour of bovine trabecular bone using x-ray micro-computed tomography as a characterization technique which he completed in 2019

Adric now works at Hepburn Engineering in Toronto, Ontario.

Publications

  • Heney A, Lievers WB, Pilkey AK. Effect of fatigue-induced microdamage on the compressive properties of trabecular bone. Paper presented at the 16th Ontario Biomechanics Conference (OBC2019). March 8-10, 2019;​ New Tecumseh, ON. [PDF]

Thesis

  • Heney AP. Effect of fatigue-induced microdamage on the compressive properties of bovine trabecular bone [Master’s Thesis]. Queen’s University: Kingston, ON; September 2019. http://hdl.handle.net/1974/26684

Benjamin Helbling

undergrad student
Benjamin Helbling

Benjamin, who is studying mechanical engineering at the Bharti School of Engineering, worked as an NSERC USRA (Undergraduate Student Research Award) student during the summer of 2016. During that time, he worked on commissioning and validating the instrumented blunt- and sharp-force impact simulator.

Blake Leclair

undergrad student
Blake Leclair

Blake worked as an undergraduate research student during the summer of 2015. His primary task was to make hardware and software improvements to the instrumented blunt- and sharp-force simulator. He also performed some experimental tests to determine the center of gravities for various underground helmet systems.

Blake now works for Lopes Ltd. in Sudbury.

Publications:

  • LeClair B, O'Connor PJ, Podrucky S, Lievers WB. Measuring the mass and center of gravity of helmet systems for underground workers. Int J Indust Ergon. 2018;64:23-30. doi:10.1016/j.ergon.2017.10.001

Philip O’Connor

undergrad student
Philip O’Connor

Phil graduated from the Mechanical Engineering program at the Bharti School of Engineering in 2015. During his final year he worked part-time as an undergraduate research assistant, helping to design and build a custom device for measuring the location of the center of gravity for various helmet mounted systems.

Phil now works in Ottawa for General Dynamics Mission System–Canada.

Publications:

  • LeClair B, O'Connor PJ, Podrucky S, Lievers WB. Measuring the mass and center of gravity of helmet systems for underground workers. Int J Indust Ergon. 2018;64:23-30. doi:10.1016/j.ergon.2017.10.001
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