There are some simply remarkable things we read about, on a daily basis, about travelling off this planet, and defying gravity along the way. What seems to be under-discussed is the human machine, full of curiosity, hope and wonder, vs. the rocket propelled one full of technology innovation. If it’s humans that we wish to explore other planets and distant areas, let’s give the humans a larger percentage of the equation.
Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, 2006
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, 2002
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1999
Dana Carpenter is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Colorado Denver. His research focuses on the effects of mechanical forces, exercise, diseases, and implanted devices on the human skeleton. Dr. Carpenter enrolled as an undergraduate in mechanical engineering at Georgia Tech because, like many mechanical engineers, he loved cars. After learning about the field of biomechanical engineering, he gave up the automotive chassis in exchange for the skeleton. After completing his undergraduate work, he went on to obtain his M.S. and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering at Stanford University. His graduate thesis work focused on the ways in which mechanical forces can guide bones to grow into different shapes.