Ryan Rosario smiles

I study: I study tissue mechanics. When I say that, a lot of people’s first thought is, ‘You study Kleenex?’ And while that is work for an engineer, it’s not what I focus on. My work examines how different body tissues in the musculoskeletal system (think bones, ligaments, tendons) respond to forces.”

Why: “I study tissue mechanics because of the types of problems and their application. I enjoy the sorts of mental visualization that go along with mechanics problems. I also enjoy work that has a direct benefit to people’s lives. When I combined the two, I arrived at tissue mechanics.”

This fall I’m teaching: ES 101: Introduction to Engineering and mentoring a senior design team’

What students can expect from me: In my courses, students can expect a lot of active learning. Humans are not passive absorbers of information. We learn by doing. Given that, I always seek to provide students the opportunity to apply, question, and expand on what they’re learning.”

I’m excited to be here because: I am very much an adherent to the teacher-scholar model. Early on in my graduate studies, I knew I wanted to be at an institution that valued my teaching and scholarship equally, so I was very excited by the opportunity to join the Lafayette community.”

Getting to know me: “I do a little bit of everything. I’m a huge nerd and love anime, board games, video games, and tabletop RPGs. To get a taste of the outdoors, I enjoy backpacking, snowboarding, and birding. To feed my creative side, I love cooking, dancing, and going to live theater and concerts.”

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