Dr Bryan Ruddy

SB SM PhD MIT

Biography

Bryan graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the USA, with a Bachelor of Science (SB) in 2004, a Master of Science (SM) in 2006, and a PhD in 2012, all specialising in Mechanical Engineering. His doctoral research, supervised by Professor Ian W. Hunter in the MIT BioInstrumentation Laboratory, focused on the design and modelling of compact, high-force linear electric motors for use in robotics and in medical devices.

Bryan joined the Auckland Bioengineering Institute as a Research Scientist upon the completion of his PhD, in July 2012. He currently holds a joint appointment as a Research Fellow at the ABI and as a Lecturer with the Department of Engineering Science.
 

Research | Current

Bryan's work focuses on the development of miniaturized actuation and control systems for use in muscle work-loop calorimetry (the Cardiac Myometer), the design of improved Lorentz-force motors for needle-free jet injection, and the design of high-performance linear synchronous motors for rehabilitation robots and exoskeletons. To accomplish these goals, he works to develop new analytical solutions to the governing equations of these actuators, and uses them for design optimization.
 

Teaching | Current

BIOMENG 241: Instrumentation and Design

BIOMENG 791: Advanced Biomedical Engineering Design

ENGSCI 700: Part IV (Honours) project

Postgraduate supervision

Main Supervisor

PhD

  • Linh Ngoc (Nick) Do, Linear synchronous motor design for needle-free injection
  • Soroosh Haji Hosseinnejad, High stroke-to-length ratio direct-drive electromagnetic actuators for upper limb rehabilitation robots
  • Mahsa Momtahan, An intelligent ankle foot orthosis to actively assist walking in patients with neurological disorders
  • Yahya Zakariya Yahya, System Identification Techniques to Diagnose Rotator Cuff Injuries

Co-Supervisor

PhD

  • Kieran BrennanReal-time fluid penetration imaging for needle-free jet-injection
  • Jiali Xu, Needle-free blood extraction for insulin therapy using a controllable jet injector
  • Bahareh Madadkhahsalmassi, Just-in-time glucose sensing for a jet-injector based diabetes management system
  • Homayoon Zarshenas, EMG-informed control strategies for assistive robotics

Areas of expertise

  • Actuator technology
  • Analytical approaches to continuum modelling and design optimization
  • Bioinstrumentation
     

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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Contact details

Primary office location

UNISERVICES HOUSE - Bldg 439
Level G, Room G07
70 SYMONDS ST
AUCKLAND 1010
New Zealand

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