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Tanvir Faisal, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, McGill University, Canada
M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology, Bangladesh
B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology, Bangladesh

Contact Information:

P.O. Box 44170
Lafayette, LA 70504-3636
Rougeou Hall, Room 240
Phone: (337) 482-1342


Courses Taught:

MCHE 478 - Finite Element Analysis
ENGR 697 - Mechanics of Cellular Materials

Areas of Research Specialization:

Dr. Faisal is an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Dr. Faisal received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from McGill University, Canada. His doctoral research focused on multiscale biomechanics of hierarchical structures specifically considering plant organs to correlate cellular microstructures and its mechanical properties at multiple length scales. After his PhD, his research extended and focused more on musculoskeletal biomechanics. He worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Manitoba (2014-15), where he investigated the effect of sex, aging, and osteoporosis that cause bone and hip fracture. Prior to join at UL Lafayette, he was a researcher (2016-18) at Northwestern University and affiliated with Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (formerly known as Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, RIC), nation’s #1 hospital in rehabilitation treatment, and worked on computational and mathematical modeling of human joints to investigate the root causes of posttraumatic osteoarthritis (PTOA).

Areas of Research Interest:

  • Mathematical and computational modeling of knee joints, cartilage, ligament etc., investigation of the PTOA, knee injury and cartilage damage; experimental mechanics of cartilage and ligaments.
  • Investigation of the effect of bone quality and bone properties due to aging and osteoporosis, bone modeling and assessment of hip fracture risk.
  • Interplay between the microstructures and mechanical properties of 2D/3D hierarchical lattice and structures found in nature, development of bio-inspired engineering structures, image based computational biomechanics, mechanics of 3D printed cellular structures.

Selected Publications:

M. Adouni, T. R. Faisal, M. Gaith and Y. Dhaher, “A multi-scale synthesis: Characterizing acute cartilage failure under an aggregate knee joint loading”, Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology, Springer (in press), 2019.

T. R. Faisal, M. Adouni and Y. Dhaher, “The effect of fibrillar degradation on the mechanics of articular cartilage: a computational model”, Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology, Springer, 18(3): 733-751, 2019.

T. R. Faisal and Y. Luo, “Study of the variations of fall induced hip fracture risk between right and left femurs using CT-based FEA”, BioMedical Engineering OnLine, Springer, 16(116): 1-17, 2017.

T. R. Faisal, N. Hristozov, T. L. Western, A. D. Rey and D. Pasini, “The twist-to-bend compliance of the Rheum rhabarbarum petiole: integrated computations and experiments”, Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering, Taylor & Francis, 20(4): 343-354, 2017.

T. R. Faisal, E. M. Khalil Abad, and D. Pasini, “The impact of tissue morphology, cross-section, and turgor pressure on the mechanical properties of the leaf petiole in plants”, Journal of Bionic Engineering, Springer (Old: Elsevier) 7: 11-23, 2010.