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Donald. R. Peterson, Ph.D.
Dean

Education

  • B.S. in biomechanical engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (1992)
  • B.S. in aerospace/aeronautical engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (1992)
  • M.S. in mechanical engineering, University of Connecticut (1995)
  • Ph.D. in biomedical engineering, University of Connecticut (1995)

Research Interests

  • Biomedical engineering
  • Mitigation of musculoskeletal and neuromuscular disease
  • Noise reduction and assisted hearing devices
  • STEM education

Selected Patents

  • Peterson, DR, Kudernatsch S, Valdez T, Modular Surgical Simulation Trainer for the Tracheoesophageal and Laryngeal Complex, 2015 (disclosure filed, provisional patent filed, patent application in progress)
  • Peterson, DR, Kudernatsch S, Birk J, Medical Device to Assist with Upper Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Procedure, 2016 (disclosure filed, provisional patent in progress)

Selected Professional Associations and Honors

  • Fellow, American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (since 2016)
  • Chair, Healthcare Research Group, Texas Engineering Experiment Station, TAMU (since 2015)
  • Alice Hamilton Award of Excellence in Occupational Safety and Health, Engineering Controls Category, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
  • Engineering Technology Council, American Society of Engineering Education (since 2014)
  • Scientific Advisory Committee, American Conference on Human Vibration (since 2011)
  • Society for Biological Engineering (since 2008)
  • Advisory Board of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, Western New England University (since 2003)
  • Biomedical Engineering Advisory Board, Department of Civil, Environmental and Biomedical Engineering, University of Hartford (since 2003)
  • Biomedical Engineering Society (since 2001)
  • Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (since 1998)

Review Activities

  • Member, Editorial Board, Regenerative Engineering and Translational Medicine
  • Reviewer, American Journal of Industrial Medicine
  • Reviewer, Applied Ergonomics
  • Reviewer, Ergonomics
  • Reviewer, Industrial Health
  • Reviewer, Journal of Biomechanics
  • Reviewer, Journal of Sound and Vibration
  • Reviewer, Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
  • Reviewer, National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health
  • Reviewer, NASA

Selected Invited Presentations

  • Million Women Mentors Arkansas Kickoff Event (2016)
  • “Cosmic Conversations: Science Fact vs. Science Fiction,” Texarkana Regional Humanities and Arts Council (2016)
  • “Stimulating Innovation in STEM,” Texas A&M University System Engineering Academic Partners and TEES Regional Division Heads Meeting (2015)
  • “How to Incorporate Engineering Education in the pre-K Through Second-Grade Curriculum,” CREC Academy of Aerospace and Engineering Elementary School (2014)
  • “BME Jobs in Industry,” BMES 2013 Annual Meeting
  • “Developing an Industry Career in Biomedical Engineering,” Biomedical Engineering Society (2013)
  • “Biomedical Engineering: Understanding Career Options,” 2013 Bay Area Career Mixer
  • Japan Conference on Human Response to Vibration (2009 and 2012)
  • Career Explorations Symposium, CREC Greater Hartford Academy of Math and Science (2007 and 2009-2011)
  • “Biomedical Engineering in STEM Education,” CREC Medical Professions and Teacher Preparation Academy (2010)

Selected Publications

  • Peterson, DR, Kudernatsch, S., Asaki, T., “Human-centered exoskeleton: Upper extremity strength augmentation in occupational settings,” Proc Waste Management Symposia, Phoenix, AZ, 2017
  • Kavanagh, KR, Tsui, Y, Cote, V, Valdez, T, Kudernatsch, S, Peterson, DR, “Pediatric laryngeal simulator using 3D printed models: A novel technique,” The Laryngoscope, 2016; Oct 12
  • Upadhyay, M, Shah, R, Peterson, DR, Asaki, T, Sumit, Y, Agarwal, S, “Force system generated by elastic archwires with vertical V bends: a three-dimensional analysis,” European J Orthodontics, 2016; Jun 10
  • Deleon-Nwaha, T, Peterson, DR, “A Kinematic Approach to Understanding Gender Differences in Upper Extremity Function During a Man-Machine Interface Task in a Submariner Environment:, Proc Biomed Eng Soc Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN, 2016
  • Kudernatsch, S, Nidadavolu, S, Peterson, DR, “Average Aneurysm Wall Stress and Displacement in the Common Carotid Artery Increase with an Increase in Aneurysm Size: Initial Results using Fluid-Structure Interaction Simulations”, Proc Biomed Eng Soc Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN, 2016
  • Baril, J, Horton, K, Malkowski, J, Peterson, DR, “Ergonomic study and redesign of a medical device to enhance usability in female surgeon populations”, Proc Biomed Eng Soc Annual Meeting, Tampa, FL, 2015
  • Kudernatsch, S, Peterson, DR, “Low-cost method to create in vitro surrogates of common vessel bifurcations for cell plating and flow studies”, Proc Biomed Eng Soc Annual Meeting, Tampa, FL, 2015
  • Nagelschmidt, M, Miesse, A, Hodgkinson, G, Peterson, DR, “Evaluation and feasibility of a biodegradable magnesium staple”, Proc Biomed Eng Soc Annual Meeting, Tampa, FL, 2015
  • Peterson, DR, Nidadavolu, Kudernatsch, S, “Modeling changes in flow conditions throughout simulated aneurysm expansions”, Proc Biomed Eng Soc Annual Meeting, Tampa, FL, 2015
  • Strange, K, Sparks, C, Kudernatsch, S, Asaki ,T, Peterson, DR, “Electroencephalograph-based interface to control portable robotic exoskeleton for neuromuscular rehabilitation”, Proc Biomed Eng Soc Annual Meeting, Tampa, FL, 2015
  • Valdez, T, Kavanagh, KR, Kudernatsch, S, Peterson, DR, Cote, V, “Modular 3D printed laryngeal models for surgical simulation”, Proc Am Soc Pedi Otolaryng, Boston, MA, 2015
  • Valdez, TA, Spegazzini, N, Pandey, R, Longo, K, Grindle, C, Peterson, DR, Barman, I, “Multi-color reflectance imaging of middle ear pathology in vivo,” Anal Bioanal Chem, 2015;407(12):3277-83
  • Bronzino, JD, Peterson, DR, The Biomedical Engineering Handbook, 4th Edition (4 Volume Set), 2015
  • Peterson, DR, Bronzino JD, Biomechanics: Principles and Practices, 2015
  • Schreiner, S, Bronzino, JD, Peterson, DR, Medical Instruments and Devices: Principles and Practices, 2015
  • Dong, RG, Welcome, DE, Peterson, DR, Xu, XS, McDowell, TW, Warren, C, Asaki, T, Kudernatsch, S, Brammer, AJ, “Tool-specific performance of vibration-reducing gloves for attenuating palm-transmitted vibrations in three orthogonal directions”, Intl J Ind Ergon, 2014;44(6):827-839
  • Brammer, AJ, Yu, G, Bernstein, ER, Cherniack, MG, Tufts, J, Peterson, DR, “Understanding speech when wearing communication headsets and hearing protectors with subband processing,” J Acoust Soc Am, 2014;136(2):671-681
  • Asaki, T, Kudernatsch, S, Peterson, DR, “Preventing hand-arm vibration injuries by selecting gloves based on tool-specific vibrations”, Proc Biomed Eng Soc Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX, 2014
  • Deleon-Nwaha, T, Peterson, DR, “Modeling influence of whole body vibration on upper extremity neuromuscular performance during space vehicle launch”, Proc Biomed Eng Soc Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX, 2014
  • Kudernatsch, S, Asaki, T, Peterson, DR, “Wearable biomechanical sensor system for vibration exposure and grip force measurements”, Proc Biomed Eng Soc Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX, 2014
  • Longo, K, Peterson, DR, Valdez, TA, “Novel device to diagnose otitis media using spectroscopy and digital imaging”, Proc Biomed Eng Soc Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX, 2014
  • Pallares, E, Kudernatsch, S, Nidadavolu, SS, Peterson, DR, “Determining the influence of aneurysm geometry and location on flow through a carotid bifurcation”, Proc Biomed Eng Soc Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX, 2014
  • Asaki T, Kudernatsch S, Peterson DR, “Incorporating a finger adapter into ISO 10819 to measure the vibration transmissibility of gloves at the fingers”, Proc 5th Am Conf on Human Vibration, Guelph, Ontario, Canada, June 2014
  • Asaki T, Peterson DR, “Measuring the vibration transmissibility of gloves using different excitation conditions”, Proc 5th Am Conf on Human Vibration, Guelph, Ontario, Canada, June 2014
  • Asaki T, Peterson DR, “Selecting tool-specific vibration–reducing gloves using ISO 5349 and ISO 10819 Measurements”, Proc 5th Am Conf on Human Vibration, Guelph, Ontario, Canada, June 2014
  • Kudernatsch S, Asaki T, Peterson DR, “Design of a hand-mounted palm and finger adapter system to measure palm and finger forces and vibration exposures”, Proc 5th Am Conf on Human Vibration, Guelph, Ontario, Canada, June 2014
  • Kudernatsch S, Asaki T, Peterson DR, “Transmissibility of ISO 10819 palm adapters made from conventional and 3D printed materials”, Proc 5th Am Conf on Human Vibration, Guelph, Ontario, Canada, June 2014
  • Dong RG, Welcome DE, Peterson DR, Hewitt S, Xu S, McDowell TW, Warren C, Asaki T, Kudernatsch S, Brammer AJ, Cheriack MG, “Tool-specific effectiveness of vibration-reducing gloves for attenuating palm-transmitted vibration”, Proc 5th Am Conf on Human Vibration, Guelph, Ontario, Canada, June 2014
  • Longo K, Peterson DR, Valdez TA, “Bimodal approach using spectroscopy and digital imaging to assist otitis media eiagnosis”, Proc 40th NE Bioeng Conf, Boston, MA, 2014
  • Nidadavolu SS, Kudernatsch S, Peterson DR, “Simulations involving three-dimensional cell monolayers in a parallel plate flow channel yields non-uniform shear stress distributions over cell surfaces”, Proc Biomed Eng Soc Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA, 2013
  • Tokarz CA, Kudernatsch S, Nidadavolu SS, Peterson DR, “Novel method to generate surrogate three-dimensional cell monolayer surfaces for use in computational fluid dynamic simulations”, Proc Biomed Eng Soc Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA, 2013
  • McIsaac JH, Peterson DR, “Two low-cost tracking systems for 3-D imaging of the brachial plexus using 2-D ultrasound”, Proc 4th NWAC World Anesthesia Conf, Bangkok, Thailand, 2013
  • Peterson DR, Tantawy T, Seils D, Kueck AS, “Instrument tip displacements during manual and powered laparoscopic stapler use”, Soc Amer Gastroint Endosc Surg, Baltimore, MD, 2013
  • Peterson DR, Seils D, Tantawy T, Kueck AS, “Comparison of the time needed to complete a staple firing sequence between a manual and powered laparoscopic stapler”, Soc Amer Gastroint Endosc Surg, Baltimore, MD, 2013
  • Nidadavolu SS, Peterson DR, “Computational validation of uniform flow behavior within a large scale parallel plate flow chamber”, Proc Biomed Eng Soc Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, 2012
  • Boutros PJ, Lee CX, Mathews SJ, Wilkens PJ, Peterson DR, McIsaac JH, “Novel 3-D brachial plexus reconstruction from 2-D ultrasound using XBOX Kinect tracking”, Proc Biomed Eng Soc Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, 2012
  • Brammer AJ, Yu G, Asaki T, Peterson DR, Eaman MJ, Cherniack MG, “Considerations for designing the next generation of vibrotactile threshold measuring instruments”, Proc 4th Am Conf on Human Vibration,
  • Hartford, CT, 2012:97-98
  • Knapp RH, Peterson DR, Brammer AJ, Cherniack MG, “Second generation device for measuring daylong vibration exposure and grip force levels during hand-tool use”, Proc 4th Am Conf on Human Vibration, Hartford, CT, 2012:119-120
  • Tornifoglio SV, Peterson DR, “Minimum number of thin-film force sensors needed to represent overall hand grip force during tool use”, Proc 4th Am Conf on Human Vibration, Hartford, CT, 2012:50-51
  • Peterson DR, Seils D, Tantawy T, Kueck A, Roberts MKE, “Novel method for comprehensively assessing the biomechanical risks associated with the use of minimally-invasive surgical instruments”, Proc Soc Am Gastroint Endosc Surg, San Diego, CA, 2012:207
  • Peterson DR, Seils D, Tantawy T, Kueck A, Roberts MKE, “Review of surgical ergonomics research associated with minimally invasive surgery”, Proc Soc Am Gastro Endosc Surg, San Diego, CA, 2012:197
  • Peterson DR, Seils D, Tantawy T, Kueck A, Roberts MKE, “Comparing the biomechanical characteristics of manual and powered laparoscopic stapler designs”, Proc Soc Am Gastro Endosc Surg, San Diego, CA, 2012:197
  • Tornifoglio SV, Peterson DR, “Determining the minimum number of thin-film force sensors required to represent actual hand grip forces”, Proc 38th NE Bioeng Conf, Stony Brook, NY, 2012:223-224
  • Peterson, DR, “Simultaneous measurement of hand-arm vibration and grip force in various field settings,” Proc 20th Japan Conf Human Resp Vibration, Osaka, Japan, 2012;1-5 (invited)
  • Analoui, M, Bronzino, JD, Peterson, DR, Medical Imaging: Principles and Practices, 2012
  • Diakides, M, Bronzino, JD, Peterson, DR, Medical Infrared Imaging: Principles and Practices, 2012
  • Fisher, J, Mikos, A, Bronzino, JD, Peterson, DR, Tissue Engineering: Principles and Practices, 2012
  • Liang, H, Bronzino, JD, Peterson, DR, Biosignal Processing: Principles and Practices, 2012
  • Peattie, R, Fisher, R, Bronzino, JD, Peterson, DR, Transport Phenomena in Biomedical Engineering: Principles and Practices, 2012
  • Schaffer, D, Bronzino, JD, Peterson, DR, Stem Cell Engineering: Principles and Practices, 2012
  • Wong, J, Bronzino, JD, Peterson, DR, Biomaterials: Principles and Practices, 2012
  • Asaki, T, Peterson, DR, “Design and implementation of a novel accelerometer mount for difficult vibration measurements in the field,” Proc 20th Japan Conf Human Resp Vibration, Osaka, Japan, 2012;14-22 (invited)
  • Brammer AJ, Yu G, Bernstein ER, Cherniack MG, Tufts JB, Peterson DR, "Intelligibility of speech corrupted by nonlinear distortion", Proc 10th International Congress on Noise as a Public Health Problem, London, UK, 2011:287-292
  • Bernstein ER, Brammer AJ, Yu G, Cherniack MG, Peterson DR, "Integrating speech enhancement with subband active noise control to improve communication in hearing protectors", J Acoust Soc Am 2011; 130:2469
  • Asaki T, Peterson DR, Brammer AJ, Cherniack MG, “Changes in vibration and mechanical performance of high speed air turbine dental handpieces during clinical use”, Canadian Acoustics 2011; 39(2):120
  • Brammer AJ, Sutinen P, Toppila E, Pyykko I, Cherniack MG, Eaman MJ, Peterson DR, Starck J, “Longitudinal study of Suomussalmi forestry workers I – Vibrotactile thresholds”, Canadian Acoustics 2011; 39(2):18-19
  • Peterson DR, Brammer AJ, Toppila E, Cherniack MG, Sutinen P, Eaman MJ, “Longitudinal study of Suomussalmi forestry workers II – Vibration exposure”, Canadian Acoustics 2011; 39(2):40-41
  • Asaki T, Peterson DR, “Reducing biomechanical exposures to dental professionals by translating lab and clinical research into practice”, Proc Biomed Eng Soc Annual Meeting, Hartford, CT, 2011
  • Bernstein ER, Brammer AJ, Yu G, Cherniack, Peterson DR, “Integrating speech enhancement with active hearing protectors to improve communication”, Proc Biomed Eng Soc Annual Meeting, Hartford, CT, 2011
  • Qadri MJ, Peterson DR, “Translating long duration human movement into musculoskeletal injury prevention strategies”, Proc Biomed Eng Soc Annual Meeting, Hartford, CT, 2011
  • Solomito MJ, Lee MC, Peterson DR, “Biomechanical Assessment of the Rotational Aspect of the Spine in Patients with Scoliosis”, Proc Biomed Eng Soc Annual Meeting, Hartford, CT, 2011
  • Tichon DJ, Peterson DR, “Finite Element Analysis of the Medial Meniscus During Rear End Low-Speed Collisions”, Proc Biomed Eng Soc Annual Meeting, Hartford, CT, 2011
  • Qadri MJ, Peterson DR, “A method for modeling long-duration joint motion”, Proc IEEE 37th NE Bioeng Conf, Troy, NY, 2011:1-2
  • Solomito MJ, Lee MC, Peterson DR, “Using Motion Analysis Technology to Reduce Radiographs in Patients with Scoliosis”, Proc IEEE 37th NE Bioeng Conf, Troy, NY, 2011:3-4
  • Tichon DJ, Peterson DR, “Effect of rear end low-speed collisions on the meniscus”, in Proc IEEE 37th NE Bioeng Conf, Troy, NY, 2011:5-6
  • Brammer AJ, Cherniack MG, Toppila E, Sutinen P, Lundstrom R, Nilsson T, Neely G, Morse T, Sinha A, Eaman MJ, Peterson DR, Warren N, “Towards a quantitative sensory test for hand numbness”, Proc 3rd Am Conf on Human Vibration, Iowa City, IA, 2010:41-42
  • Peterson DR, Asaki T, Brammer AJ, Cherniack MG, “Noise and vibration exposures to dental hygienists”, Proc 3rd Am Conf on Human Vibration, Iowa City, IA, 2010:49-50
  • Brammer AJ, Yu G, Bernstein ER, Cherniack MG, Peterson DR, “Predicting the intelligibility of speech corrupted by nonlinear distortion”, Canadian Acoustics 2010; 38(3):80-81
  • Bernstein ER, Brammer AJ, Yu G, Cherniack MG, Peterson DR, “Ear cup selection for feedforward active noise reduction hear protectors”, Canadian Acoustics 2010; 38(3):82-83
  • Yu G, Brammer AJ, Swan K, Tufts JB, Cherniack MG, Peterson DR, “Relationships between the modified rhyme test and objective metrics of speech intelligibility”, J Acoust Soc Am 2010; 127:1903

Work Experience

  • Texas A&M University-Texarkana (2014-2016)
    • College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Department of Biomedical Engineering, Dwight Look College of Engineering
    • Texas Engineering Experiment Station
  • Innovation Studio for the Connecticut Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (2014)
  • University of Connecticut (1999-2014)
    • Department of Biomedical Engineering
    • Department of Medicine
    • Department of Craniofacial Sciences
    • Department of Bio-Structure and Function
  • Assistant to the Editor, Modeling in Physiology, American Journal of Physiology (1994-1996)
  • Biomedical Engineer, University of Connecticut Health Center (1994-1995)
  • Instrumentation and Controls Engineer, The Dexter Corp. (1992-1994)
  • Aerospace Manufacturing Engineer, Dynamic Metal Products Co., Inc. (1992)
  • Corrosion Protection Engineer, Yankee Gas (1992)

 

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