Musculoskeletal Biomechanics Laboratory, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Univeristy of Colorado at Colorado Springs
Emilie Henning is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs (UCCS). She received her Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from UCCS in August 2019. Prior to graduate school, Ms. Henning received her Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering from UCCS and worked as an undergraduate research assistant in the Additive Manufacturing Lab. She currently works in the Musculoskeletal Biomechanics Lab with Dr. Todd Bredbenner at UCCS. Her research involves investigating variation in bone structures, such as vertebrae, and how that variation relates to fracture risk. Ms. Henning is focused on improving image processing methods, developing computational models of bone, and conducting experimental work to better understand the relationships between bone structure and fracture. Statistics tell us that 40- 46% of women and 13-22% of men over 50 will suffer an osteoporosis- related fracture. With the number of people in the United States over 60 doubling by 2050, the at-risk population significantly increases, which shows the need to better identify people who might suffer fracture and take preventive steps.