Joel Bach

Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Joel BachDr. Bach’s research interests include rehabilitation engineering, medical device design, computer assisted surgery, musculoskeletal, orthopaedic, occupational, and sports biomechanics. Techniques used range from mechanical testing to computer simulation and modeling.

Professor Bach’s research focuses on the application of engineering analysis, design, instrumentation, testing, and simulation to problems in Biomechanical and Biomedical Engineering, He works with a team of researchers working on a variety of projects being performed jointly at the Center for Biomechanics and Rehabilitation Research at CSM in collaboration with researchers at Assistive Technology Partners and the Orthopaedic Biomechanics Labs at the CU Denver.

The collaboration with Assistive Technology Partners is in the areas of Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology with particular focus on issues of wheelchair seating and mobility and alternative computer input.   The collaboration with Orthopaedics is focused on injury and reconstruction biomechanics with a particular emphasis on Computer Assisted Surgery.  Additional collaborations with faculty as CSM are focused on Rehabilitation Robotics.

Other research projects include instrumentation and sensor development, device design, biomedical modeling, injury prevention and repair, and analysis of normal and pathologic biomechanics.


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Recent Publications

  • Rempel, DM; Keir, PJ; Bach, JM; The Effect of Wrist Posture on Carpal Tunnel Pressure while Typing, Journal of Orthopaedic Research, , Vol. 26, No. 9, 2008, pp. 1269-1273.
  • Sobky K, Baldini T, Thomas K, Bach J, Williams A, Wolf JM; Biomechanical Comparison of Different Volar Fracture Fixation Plates for Distal Radius Fractures.; Hand, Vol. 3, No. 2, 2008, pp. 96-101
  • Weiss, MD; Smith, J; Bach, JM; RF Coupling in a 433MHz Biotelemetry System for an Artificial Hip, Accepted by Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters, 2009
  • Baldini, T; Snyder, RL; Peacher, G; Bach, J; McCarty, E; Strength of Single- Versus Double-Anchor Repair of Type II SLAP Lesions: A Cadaveric Study, Arthroscopy: The Journal of Arthroscopic and Related Surgery, Vol 25, No. 11, 2009, pp. 1257-60..
  • Hancock, CW; Winston, MJ; Bach, JM; Davidson, BS; Eckhoff, DG; Cylindrical Axis, Not Epicondyles, Approximates Perpendicular to Knee Axes; Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, March 2013.

Recent Courses

  • Musculoskeletal Biomechanics
  • Rehabilitation Engineering
  • Introduction to Biomechanical Engineering