Thomas (Tom) Willett

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Assistant Professor Faculty of Engineering Department of Systems Design Engineering Waterloo, Ontario twillett@uwaterloo.ca Office: (519) 888-4567 ext. 38405

Bio/Research

Professor Willett’s research interests concern the applied mechanics and engineering of skeletal biomaterials and tissues. He specializes in:
1) Bone quality and fragility - developing improved understanding of the mechanisms that determine the mechanical behaviour and failure of bone and how...


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Bio/Research

Professor Willett’s research interests concern the applied mechanics and engineering of skeletal biomaterials and tissues. He specializes in:
1) Bone quality and fragility - developing improved understanding of the mechanisms that determine the mechanical behaviour and failure of bone and how collagen modifications due to ageing, disease, irradiation, and other causes alter these mechanisms and the mechanical behaviour of the tissue.
2) Engineering of bone mimetic materials for skeletal reconstruction – by leveraging the exciting and rapidly advancing fields of additive manufacturing/3D Printing, biomineralization, and mechanics of multi-scale biological and biomimetic composites, researchers seek to gain improved understanding of the materials science and mechanics of these exceptional materials and to develop disruptive new technologies for application in skeletal reconstruction and repair (orthopaedics), particularly graft materials for treating large skeletal defects caused by trauma, cancer, etc.


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