Willing earns fellowship for promising technology

Mechanical and Materials Engineering assistant professor Ryan Willing has been awarded the Peter C. Maurice Research Fellowship in Biomedical Engineering.

“Receiving this fellowship is a true honour, and a testament to the dedicated work of my whole team,” he says.

The fellowship provides a total of $20,000 per year for a two-year term for an early to mid-career faculty member who shows promise of developing a new technology to support health care needs.

“This fellowship will provide financial support for a new BME graduate student in my lab, as well as an undergraduate summer student,” he says. “Help from these students will accelerate ongoing studies in my lab focused on better understanding knee joint biomechanics, and further enhancement of our state-of-the-art joint motion simulator.”

When completed, this research will result in new knowledge about the behaviour of knee ligaments and, in collaboration with internationally renowned surgeons, will provide new surgical techniques with the potential to improve outcomes for Canadians undergoing knee ligament reconstructions and joint replacements.

“I am deeply appreciative of this recognition, as well as the ongoing support from Western Engineering, the Bone and Joint Institute, my colleagues and collaborators.”

The nearly $350,000 in funding to create this endowed fellowship was provided by Western Engineering alumnus and retired Canada Trust CEO Peter Maurice, BESc ’60. Maurice believes in the importance of empowering and enabling young, innovative researchers to make a significant impact on society.