Dr. Trevor J. Lujan, Associate Professor of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering, joined Boise State University in January 2012. Dr. Lujan serves as an Adjunct Professor in Material Science and Engineering, and is the director of the Northwest Tissue Mechanics Laboratory.
The fundamental mission of Dr. Lujan’s work is to improve the general well-being of individuals and societies. In research, Dr. Lujan is working to accomplish this goal by investigating significant problems in musculoskeletal health, and developing solutions that are effective and practical. In education, Dr. Lujan is committed to developing innovative teaching tools that make difficult engineering concepts more accessible to students with diverse learning styles.
As a graduate student at University of Utah, Dr. Lujan researched knee biomechanics in the Musculoskeletal Research Laboratory. This research applied computational and experimental methods to investigate the molecular origins of ligament mechanical properties. After graduation, Dr. Lujan joined the Legacy Biomechanics Laboratory in Portland, Oregon, where he spent four years leading research projects related to fracture healing, cartilage engineering and traumatic brain injury.
Prior to completing his doctoral degree, Dr. Lujan worked as a technical consultant at Accenture in San Francisco and then spent nearly three years travelling abroad. Substantial time was spent in South America, Southeast Asia and Oceania. In New Zealand, Dr. Lujan spent six months at the University of Canterbury as a research assistant on a project aimed at optimizing rowing performance in Olympic athletes.