Lecture at Colorado State University Sheds Light on Engineering Products from High-Tech Sneakers to Medical Implants

Karen E. Warden, American Society of Mechanical Engineers Distinguished Lecturer, will speak at Colorado State University Feb. 23 on the role of orthopaedic engineering in emerging technology.

The Centennial Section of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers will host the event, which is free and open to the public. The lecture will begin at 7 p.m. in the Cherokee Park Room of the Lory Student Center.

Warden will discuss the importance of orthopaedic engineering in the development of medical implants, high-tech sneakers and other new technologies. The event will include displays of medical implants, discussion of the history of orthopaedic engineering and explanations of subspecialties within the profession.

Warden currently is an engineering consultant in Cleveland, Ohio, and has been active in the field of orthopaedic engineering for more than ten years in academic, industrial and consulting capacities. She has co-authored several publications and has received research and achievement awards.

The lecture will cap the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Centennial Section Student-Day-in-Industry, an activity held to celebrate National Engineers Week. Colorado State engineering students will spend the day with practicing engineers and will attend a dinner banquet and Warden’s lecture with their hosts.

Warden’s talk is part of the 1998-99 American Society of Mechanical Engineers Distinguished Lecturers Program, which provides opportunities for society members and guests to meet and listen to outstanding engineering researchers and practitioners. Through the program, local presentations bring researchers at the leading edge of technology into close contact with working engineers, scientists and students.

The lecture is sponsored by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Centennial Section, the mechanical engineering department at Colorado State and the biomedical engineering program at Colorado State.

Before the lecture, the public is invited to a social beginning at 5:30 p.m., followed by a dinner banquet at 6 p.m. Reservations are required for the social and banquet; cost is $13 per person. For more information or to make reservations, contact Fred W. Smith or Kai Lee Awaya in Colorado State’s department of mechanical engineering at (970) 491-6559.