ME graduate John Everingham won first place in the Masters Level competition at the 2018 World Biomechanics Congress (July 8-12, 2018) in Dublin, Ireland. Everingham, who received his Masters last December, presented “A Novel Bioreactor that Applies Dynamic Distortion to 3D Cellular Constructs,” a novel device that applies mechanical stimulation to live engineered tissue. The device will be used for future studies to understand mechanisms of growth and healing in musculoskeletal tissues.
The World Congress of Biomechanics is held once every 4 years and is the premier meeting worldwide for Biomechanics research. Many of the main international biomechanics societies fold their annual meetings into the World Congress, hence the world congress is much larger than the local yearly conferences. Everingham and seven other students and faculty attended the Congress this year.
The competition was organized by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Bioengineering Division. John competed against M.S. level students from all over the world. The competition consisted of an a short essay submission in January 2018, in which 12 finalists were selected for their research category. The finalists then gave a poster presentation to three anonymous judges and the winner was selected based off a combined score of the essay and poster presentation.
As John moves forward in his career, his options are wide open. His focus is to pursue a research and development job in the biomedical/medical device industry.