Mechanical Engineering student wins Three-Minute-Thesis competition

Hossein Mokhtarzadeh, PhD student with the biomechanical research group in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, has won the University of Melbourne Three Minute Thesis competition.

Hossein is investigating how to predict and prevent injury to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) during high risk movements such as landing. The ACL is one of four major knee ligaments, crucial for knee stability.

ACL tears are often non-contact sports-related injuries that occur from pivoting or landing from a jump, but can also be caused by motor vehicle collisions, falls and work-related incidents. Studying how these knee injuries occur will help in their prevention and treatment.

“Knee injuries in Australian AFL cost more than $100 million annually, let alone the emotional problems associated with them”, Hossein says.

Using experimental and computational simulation has shown that muscle and external forces on the knee joint play important roles in predicting ACL injury”, he says.

Next week, Hossein will be going to the University of Queensland to compete with representatives from over thirty Australian and New Zealand universities in the finals of the Three-Minute-Thesis competition.

The Three-Minute-Thesis competition supports the development of research students’ capacity to communicate ideas effectively to a range of non-specialist audiences and to the wider community.

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