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Dr. Chowdhury is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Industrial Engineering at Texas Tech University. He works on traumatic brain injury, helmet design, musculoskeletal health biomechanics, virtual/augmented reality applications in rehabilitation, exoskeleton and prosthetic design and evaluation, operator fatigue and stress, and rehabilitation engineering. His special focuses are threefold: (1) human-centered designing of tools, products, and technologies to augment human comfort and safety by identifying materials and technologies that reduce the likelihood of traumatic injuries to the brain and other human body parts; (2) identifying the multifaceted effects of fatigue (both physical and mental) on neuromuscular and visuomotor dynamics for both health and disabled population groups; and (3) understanding the mechano-physiological mechanism of injuries in order to develop prevention and treatment protocols that reduce the incidence of traumatic injuries to the human body. The goals of his research are to discover new scientific knowledge, techniques, and approaches and then instantiate them in product and work design processes to improve human ability and performance. He is the current Chair-Elect of the Occupational Ergonomics Technical Group in the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, USA for the 2021 - 2022 term. He has co-authored peer-reviewed articles for reputed journals, including Human Factors, Journal of Biomechanics, Safety Science, Ergonomics, and Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology. So far, he has secured funding from the Department of Homeland Security Science & Technology and the National Institute of Occupational Safety & Health. 

Laboratory Director

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Assistant Professor, IMSE

Phone: 806-834-7908

Office: IMSE 217

Research Interests:

  • Dynamics and Neural Control of the Musculoskeletal System

  • Neuromuscular Fatigue Analysis and Modeling

  • Traumatic brain injuries

  • Exoskeleton, helmet, robotics, and prosthetic design

  • Virtual/Augmented reality biomechanics

  • Musculoskeletal health modeling

Education and Training:

  • Assistant Research Scientist, Industrial Engineering, Texas A&M University, (2017 – 2019)

  • Postdoctoral Researcher, Mechanical Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, (2016 – 2017)

  • Ph.D., Industrial Engineering, West Virginia University, (2016)

  • M.S., Industrial Engineering, West Virginia University, (2012)

  • B.S., Industrial Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, (2006)

 

Students

Ph.D. Students

Leonardo Tchen Wei

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Education:

  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2015)

Research Interests:

  • Biomechanics and motor control

  • Neuromuscular fatigue analysis and modeling 

  • Traumatic brain injury

  • Sports biomechanics

Felipe Zambrini Santos

Education:

  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Mackenzie Prebysterian University, Sao Paulo, Brazil (2020)

Research Interests:

  • Injury prevention and performance improvement

  • Neuromuscular fatigue analysis and modeling 

  • Computational biomechanics

  • Prosthetics, exoskeleton, and helmet design.

  • Sports Biomechanics

Mundhir Nasser Al Alawi

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Education:

  • M.S., Engineering Management, California State University Northridge (2016)

  • B.S. (Hons.), Aircraft Maintenance Engineering, Glamorgan University, Cardiff (2012)

Research Interests:

  • Ergonomics and human factors

  • Aircraft Engineering Projects

  • Fatigue assessment and management system development

  • Systems safety engineering 

Hossein Bahreinzad

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Education:

  • M.S., Biomedical Engineering, University of Isfahan, Isfahan, Iran (2015)

  • B.S., Biomedical Engineering, University of Isfahan, Isfahan, Iran (2013)

Research Interests:

  • Computational and experimental biomechanics

  • Finite element modeling

  • Ergonomics and human factors engineering

  • Robotics, exoskeleton, prosthetic, and helmet design

Gustavo Marin Paulon

Education:

  • B.S., Mechatronics Engineering, University of São Paulo, Brazil (2019)

Research Interests:

  • Computational Biomechanics

  • Neuromuscular fatigue analysis and modeling

  • Numerical Simulations

  • Sports Biomechanics

  • Traumatic Brain Injury

Antonio S. Fernandes

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Education:

  • MBA, Boston College

  • M.S., Finance, Boston College

  • B.S., Civil Engineering Technology, Wentworth Institute of Technology

Research Interests:

  • Human Factors and Engineering Psychology

  • Biomechanics

  • Preventive Action and Product Safety

  • Regulatory Standards Development 

Elizabeth Ogunkola

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Education:

  • M.A., Biology, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY, USA 

  • B.A., Biology and Chemistry, Kean University, Union, NJ, USA 

Research Interests:

  • Machine learning

  • Traumatic brain injury

  • Magnetic resonance imaging

  • Biomechanics

Master's Students

Sneha Shrestha

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Education:

  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Kathmandu University, Dhulikhel, Nepal (2016)

  • Human-centered designing

  • Ergonomics and Biomechanics

  • CAD/CAM/CAE

  • System Analysis and Systems Thinking

Research Interests:
 

Undergraduate Students

Kieran Binkley

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Education:

  • BS Student, IMSE, Rawl’s STEM MBA Pathway

Research Interests:

  • Industrial safety ergonomics

  • Quantum computing

  • System design and optimization

Kathryn Bell

Education:

  • BS Student, IMSE

Research Interests:

  • Biomechanics

  • Sustainable Energy

  • Bio-inspired Design of Engineering

Lab Visitor

Ananya Madhavaram

Education:

  • Lubbock ISD 10th Grade

Research Interests:

  • Biomechanics

  • Robotics

Alumni

 

Syed Tanzim Mubarrat

  • B.S., Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (2017)

  • M.S., Industrial, Manufacturing, and Systems Engineering, Texas Tech University (2021)

  • Moved to Purdue University, West Lafayette to pursue Ph.D. in Computer & Information Technology (Fall 2021)

Oluwatosin Opafunso

  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria, (2012)

  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria, (2017)

  • M.S., Industrial, Manufacturing, and Systems Engineering, Texas Tech University (2021)

Manoj Srinivasan

  • B.S., Automobile Engineering, Anna University, India

  • M.S., Industrial, Manufacturing, and Systems Engineering, Texas Tech University (2021)

Thomas Chen
B.S., Industrial, Manufacturing, and Systems Engineering, Texas Tech University
MBA, Rawls College of Business, Texas Tech University