Dr. Clare Fitzpatrick joined Boise State University in August 2016 as an Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering and director of the Computational Biosciences Lab. The overall objective of Dr. Fitzpatrick’s work is to directly impact patient quality of life through guiding surgical decisions and developing and evaluating implants and surgical techniques which optimize patient functionality and mobility. She works primarily in the area of computational biomechanics, with a focus on finite element modeling.
Dr. Fitzpatrick was awarded her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering in 2008 from University College Dublin, Ireland. This work forced on development of statistical shape models of the knee joint, and application of these models to optimize implant sizing of knee replacement devices. Prior to joining Boise State, Dr. Fitzpatrick worked as a Senior Research Engineer at the University of Denver’s Center for Orthopaedic Biomechanics. Her work focused on computational finite element modeling with applications in orthopaedic biomechanics, and involved extensive collaboration with academic, industry and clinical partners.