Eric Isaac

Mentor: Dr. Scott Banks
College of Engineering
 
"I become involved because I enjoy the multi-disciplinary nature of research and value the opportunity to learn new skills and methods."

Major

Nuclear Engineering

Minor

Physics

Research Interests

  • Simulation
  • Scientific Computing
  • Computer Graphics

Academic Awards

  • University Scholars Program
  • Florida Academic Scholarship
  • UF Presidential Scholarship

Organizations

  • Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia
  • ANS

Volunteer

  • Biomechanics Imaging Research

Hobbies and Interests

  • Saxophone
  • Basketball
  • Programming

Research Description

Mechanical Bone Simulation

I will be creating an interactive mechanical simulation of major human bones, intended for students and educators needing a visual tool. For many it is difficult to hear 400 Newtons and visualize what will happen to a bone and to what degree it differs from a force of 290 Newtons. It would be much easier to visualize if a computer program could reasonably represent this visually through simulating damage and/or deformation to the bone. The simulation will promote learning through interactivity; the goal is for the user to be able to bend, twist and other wise manipulate the bone themselves in order to see the what will happen. Concerning accuracy, while the main window will be gamified and interactive, a separate function for a lite finite element analysis will also be included for users to see a reasonably accurate mechanical assessment of what the bone experiences. This project is being created using the Python scripting language.