NCBL
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University of Alberta

Niloufar Ahmadian

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About ME

I graduated with a B.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan, Iran in 2015. After my graduation, I worked for a couple of months as a research assistant and designer in a biomedical company (Eksir Teb Saba, Tehran, Iran) before moving to Canada. In the Fall of 2016, I started my M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Alberta. I have been working to assess the biomechanical aspects of functional tests for knee injury evlaution. 

Supervisor:

  • Dr. Hossein Rouhani
  • Dr. Jackie Wittaker

Research Interests:

  • Biomechanics of Sports and Injury Prevention
  • Wearable Technologies for Human Activity Monitoring
  • Rehabilitation and Biomedical Instrumentation Design
  • Gait and Movement Disorder Measurement
  • Finite Element Analysis and Computer Aided Design

PROJECT

Focusing on the biomechanics of occlusion and implantology during my B.Sc., I worked on a project which aimed to reconstruct a fully edentulous lower jaw with severe bone atrophy, using root-shaped implants in a novel configuration. Using software like Geomagic Studio, CATIA and ABAQUS I generated the models for the real case-study to analyze the stresses and displacements within adjacent bone which may lead to failure of the implants if they are large enough. Results of these numerical investigations were consistent with the clinical outcomes and introduced a new design for dental implantation.


Also, I worked on a project aimed to produce the first national surgical suture-needle kit in Iran. The characteristics of the armed sutures used in cardiovascular surgeries play an important role in the success of the surgery; therefore, they have special plastic packages with complex designs to ensure the sterility of the suture during the use and shelving periods, as well as minimizing the tangling and undesired memory of the sutures. Based on my work, a novel design for these packages was presented, and the detailed drawings were provided for mass production.


During my M.Sc. in the University of Alberta, I have been working on the biomechanics of functional tests for knee injury evlaution. Functional tests are used to measure the healing progress, especially in the athletic populations. In contrast to static knee exams, these tests simulate the real challenges and maneuvers that the athletes will face when they go back to sports and will help the clinicians to decide about the return to sports time to avoid reinjures. It is expected that incorporation of motion sensors such as inertial measurement units (IMUs) can give better insight into the biomechanics of lower limb motion before and after the injury. Motion Capture system and IMUs have been the main tools of my data collection at Glenrose hospital, NCB lab and Functional Movement lab.

AWARDS

  • Ranked among the top 0.5% of 320,362 participants in nationwide universities entrance exam (2010)
  • Accepted in the first stage of nationwide mathematics Olympiad exam (2009)
  • Acclaimed as one of the top 20 participants in the scientific competitions held annually among high school freshmen in the entire province of Isfahan, Iran (2007)

publications

  • [1] P. Mosaddegh, N. Ahmadian and M. Parsa, "Plastic suture tray package for armed surgical sutures, minimizing undesired memory of the suture and facilitating its easy withdrawal"; Iranian Patent 91285, February 2017.