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Jennifer Symons

Jenifer SymonsAssistant Professor of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering

Jennifer Symons is excited for the opportunity to mentor undergraduate and graduate students, as well as to promote the master’s program in biomedical engineering. She is most passionate about teaching biomechanics and statistics for engineers. Her research interests are centered around understanding the causes of musculoskeletal injury and developing noninvasive mechanisms that prevent injuries and/or enhance performance, including product development, training practices, and the environment. Previously, she provided research consulting to industry and nonprofit groups. While attending UC Davis, she completed her doctorate and master’s degrees in biomedical engineering, and her undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering and aeronautical science. In her dissertation research, Jennifer developed and validated an integrated limb and sport surface computational model to evaluate the effects of changing ground mechanics on limb motions and tissue mechanics related to injury. She has published articles in scientific journals, presented her research at national and international conferences, and mentored undergraduate, graduate, and veterinary students. In her final year of study, she was runner- up of Grad Slam, a university-wide three-minute thesis competition. When she’s not in the classroom or lab, she spends a great deal of time riding and training her horse for showjumping competitions.

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