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Bush’s Biomechanics Research Earns Founders’ Award

An associate professor of mechanical engineering at Michigan State University has been honored with a national award in recognition of her scientific accomplishments in biomechanics and excellence in mentoring.

Tamara Reid Bush

Tamara Reid, Associate Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering and Department of Biomedical Engineering

Tamara Reid Bush was presented with a Founders’ Award by the American Society of Biomechanics (ASB) – one of only four faculty research awards presented by the society this year. She was also a featured speaker at the society’s national conference that was hosted virtually in early August.

Reid Bush is the fourth faculty member to receive the professional distinction from ASB. She joins Rick Neptune, University of Texas at Austin (2017); Dan Ferris, University of Florida (2018); and Silvia Salinas Blemker, University of Virginia (2019), who were selected for their distinguished research and mentoring efforts.

MSU Foundation Professor James Klausner, chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, called Reid Bush an outstanding scholar and said the ASB Founders’ Award is reflective of the transformational biomechanics research that she consistently delivers.

“Professor Bush is an exceptional role model for mechanical engineering faculty and students, and is most deserving of the award,” Klausner said. “She brings prestige and recognition to MSU, and we are very proud of her accomplishments.”

Reid Bush is the founding director of the Michigan State University Biomechanical Design Research Laboratory, where she and her students apply the principles of mechanics to the human body. Specifically, they study of soft tissue injury, pressure ulcer formation and hand function.

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She is the associate editor for the Journal of Biomechanical Engineering, former treasurer for the American Society of Biomechanics Executive Board and former chair of ASME’s Design, Dynamics and Rehabilitation Technical Committee. In 2017, she was named a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). Only 3 percent of the organization’s 120,000+ members are named fellows during their careers. Reid Bush is a two-time recipient of the Withrow Teaching Excellence Award from MSU’s Department of Mechanical Engineering.

At MSU, Reid Bush is also a recognized leader for both her research and dedicated efforts to enhance diversity and accessibility for faculty and students.

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In June, MSU Engineering Dean Leo Kempel appointed her to serve as the Faculty Excellence Advocate, a new role in the College of Engineering. She was a co-PI on the NSF ADVANCE grant that helped MSU establish the new advocacy position. Her assignment includes ensuring a fair and equitable process in hiring, promoting, and managing ranked faculty and academic staff, as well as seeking methods to enhance diversity among our faculty and academic staff.

In 2018, Reid Bush was awarded the Inspirational Woman of the Year honor by the MSU Center for Gender in the Global Context.

Feature photo by University Communications. Tamara Reid Bush and her students joined a team of MSU engineers that designed a hand brace for basketball standout Nick Ward to use during the 2019 NCAA tournament.

Patricia Mroczek via College of Engineering

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