Lieselle Trinidad

Teaching Assistant Professor

Contact Information

214 Bell Hall

716-645-2262

let@buffalo.edu

Education

PhD, Mechanical Engineering, University of Massachusettes, Amherst, 2011

Courses Taught

MAE 277 - Introduction to Mechanical Engineering Practice

MAE 364 - Manufacturing Systems

Research Interests

My research centers around mechanical design and optimization using biomechanics based applications to rehabilitative and assistive devices.  My research started with engineering modelling, analysis, and optimal design of custom foot orthotics.  This involved creating a finite element model of custom foot orthotics, analyzing the effect of the heel cup and arch height, and then optimizing the design in order to make the prescription process easier.  My current research involves a collaboration with the Mechatronics and Robotics Research Lab (MRRL) and Locomotion Research Group (LRG), who together form the Dynamic Joint Alignment Research Group at the University of Massachusetts Amherst looking at the redesign and optimization of lower limb prostheses.  We are in the stages of initial exploration of Modelling with FEBio (biomechanics finite element modelling software), and OpenSim in order to develop predictive simulation of the lower limb prostheses.