Martin Tanaka


Associate Professor
School of Engineering and Technology
Belk 338
828-227-2561
mtanaka@wcu.edu

As a faculty member at WCU, I spend my time teaching course, conducting research, and serving the university and the community.  I usually have a few graduate students and some students doing undergraduate research.  My research interests include the developing innovative biomedical devices and the studying human dynamics and neuromuscular control. Most of my research projects are slanted toward commercial applications having elements of designing, building, and testing stemming from my experience designing products in industry.  I am a licensed professional engineer and enjoy working with students and local companies on their projects.  Since 1990, I have been a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to serve the Bioengineering Division in a variety of leadership roles.  After 26 years of membership I was honored as a fellow of ASME.  My degrees are in mechanical engineering (NCSU), engineering mechanics (VT) and I earned a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from Virginia Tech and Wake Forest University.

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