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Moreno, Michael Director of Innovation for Engineering Medicine


Dr. Moreno is the J. Mike Walker '66 Faculty Fellow in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, and serves as Director of Innovation for Engineering Medicine (EnMed). In addition, he has joint appointments in the Departments of Biomedical Engineering, Small Animal Clinical Sciences, Health and Kinesiology, and Medical Education at Texas A&M University. Dr. Moreno has over 20 years of experience developing enabling technologies in the fields of experimental biomechanics and medical research across multiple scales including cell, tissue, organ, and whole-body systems. His work has culminated in the development of therapeutic medical technologies and testing systems for medical technologies, including implantable medical devices and tissue engineered regenerative therapies. He currently holds 8 patents and an active provisional patent related to COVID technologies. He is director of the Biomechanical Environments Laboratory, which operates in accordance with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Quality System Regulation (QSR). He has designed custom mechanical testing systems and protocols for FDA Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) preclinical mechanical testing and animal safety studies. In addition, Dr. Moreno is a co-founder of Biomechanics Innovation Group (BIG) LLC and has worked previously as a consultant in developing experimental flow and mechanical testing systems and protocols for several major medical device companies (e.g. Boston Scientific, Medtronic, Cordis, Flowmedica, etc.). Dr. Moreno was the recipient of the 2016 Dean of Engineering Excellence Award and 2016 TEES Young Faculty Fellow Award. He was a 2012 recipient of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Skalak Award for best paper. He is a recipient of the Student Led Award for Teaching Excellence (SLATE Award) and the Senator Phil Gramm Award for Excellence in Scholarly Research and Teaching. He has developed and taught courses in Medical Device Design, Bio-Inspired Engineering Design, Biofluid Mechanics, Biosolid Mechanics, Orthopedic Biomechanics, Motion Biomechanics, and Comparative Biomechanics. As a key curriculum developer for the new Engineering Medicine (EnMed) Program, he developed the Introduction to Engineering Innovation in Medicine, Innovation Immersion Experiences, and the Innovation in Clerkships courses. As Director of the Engineering World Health Summer Institute in Rwanda, an immersive service-learning study abroad program, he teaches Healthcare Technology in the Developing World. He is an active member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and currently serves as Chair of the Design, Dynamics, and Rehabilitation Committee. He is also a member of the Biomedical Engineering Society and the European Society of Biomechanics. Dr. Moreno is co-author of 40 peer-reviewed journal publications and 7 book chapters. He has received funding from the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, and Industry sponsors.

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  • Associate Professor