Philip LeDuc is the William J. Brown Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. In his lab, he works at the intersection of mechanical engineering and biology by envisioning cells and molecules as systems” that can be investigated with some of the same fundamental approaches used on machines such as planes and automobiles looking for unifying principles. These systems range from mammalian cells to microorganisms to developmental biology systems and apply principles from mechanical engineering fields to understand how these principles may apply across diverse nature-based systems.

In the energy domain, LeDuc is focused on algae and bacterial fuel cells. His lab conducts basic science and applied research in crossing over mechanical engineering approaches including solid mechanics, fluid mechanics, control theory, etc. with biological systems ranging from algae to artificial cells to developmental biology.

He has received the National Science Foundation CAREER award, George Tallman Ladd Research Award, Russell V. Trader Career Faculty Fellow, Benjamin Richard Teare Teaching Award, “Professor of the Year” as voted by the senior class, MARC Minority Faculty Mentor Award, and Beckman Foundation Young Investigator Award. He is a member of the National Research Council Roundtable on Biomedical Engineering Materials and Applications (BEMA), and a Fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and the American Institute for Medical & Biological Engineering.

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2009 Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University

1995 MS, North Carolina State University

1993 BS, Vanderbilt University

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Giving robots a “nose”

A team of MechE researchers are developing soft robots that sense and respond to chemicals.

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The root of the matter

A team from the College of Engineering has used the natural architecture of the mangrove tree to unlock a better method of desalination.

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Collaborators' creation reveals how mechanical forces control genes

A LeDuc/Minden collaboration in mesofluidics--a medium-sized twist on microfluidics--was featured on the cover of the journal Lab on a Chip. The research team merged expertise in biomechanics, biology, and engineering to develop a new device.

The College of Engineering faculty award winners announced

The College of Engineering has named this year’s faculty award winners, selected by the College of Engineering Faculty Awards Committee. Congratulations to the winners.

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Although cell analysis traditionally occurs in a plastic petri dish, researchers created a 3-D model scientists can use to analyze the complexities of cancer cells in an environment that more closely mimics the human body.

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Students tinker with household objects like mousetraps and rubber bands to create vehicle prototypes for a final challenge in MechE 101.

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Carnegie Mellon researchers design building blocks for synthetic muscle using computational method.

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