Dr Lorenzo Garcia

Lecturer

Phone: 921 9999 ext 8219

Email: lorenzo.garcia@aut.ac.nz

Physical Address:

Auckland University of Technology
School of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Studies
WS Building, Level 3
34 St Paul Street
Auckland Central



Postal Address:

Auckland University of Technology
School of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Studies
Private Bag 92006
Auckland 1142



Qualifications:

  • Applied Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering (PhD)

Memberships and Affiliations:

  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • European Society of Biomechanics (ESB)

Biography:

Lorenzo Garcia is a Biomechanical Design Engineer and Lecturer in Engineering Design at Auckland University of Technology since 2016. Lorenzo comes from the Canary Islands in the southernmost part of Europe. He has been working in R&D since 2003. His areas of interest have moved between Technology Transfer to Engineering Design.  

He worked as an Invention Manager from 2003 to 2016. He is specialised in Intellectual Property Management, in Patent Searching, and in Business Model Generation. He has managed a portfolio of more than two hundred patents; he has negotiated more than 10 licenses out, he has managed more than 1 million euros R&D dedicated, and he has closed venture fund inversions above 3 million euros to commercialise technology developed within the university.

During this time, he has worked with such companies as Siemens, Novartis, Telefonica, Volkswagen-Audi, Olympus, Leica, Huawei, Airbus-SERTEC, Nikon, Carl-Zeiss, ESA, Samsung, etc.

In addition to this Lorenzo has worked as a Design and Analysis Engineer since 2008. He likes to convert inventions into innovations and he is particularly focused on speeding up proof of concepts. He has developed different projects, mainly in the field of medical technology.

The application of engineering design to medicine makes him very exciting, whether it is by designing a new medical device, analysing behaviour of human body, or by investigating a new surgical procedure.

He is passionate about biomedical design. In particular, biomechanical design (medical devices, implants, prosthesis, orthosis, medical equipment, surgical tools, etc.) and bio design (evolutionary and comparative biomechanics).

Design in the environment of a medical device is not just biomedical engineering. Is a process that analyses a need and develops a solution that fulfils said need. Lorenzo’s projects generally involve each and every end user. This group includes the stakeholders of patient, industry and surgeon. He dedicates special focus to paediatric and sports medicine.

Besides his duties as lecturer, he is also an enthusiast athlete, nature lover and outdoor player. 

Teaching Areas:

Area of knowledge: Engineering (Mechanical)

Expertise: Engineering Design, Mechanical Design, Medical Devices Design, Biomedical Engineering, Applied Physics, Biomechanics, Innovation Management

Teaching area: Engineering Design

  • Sub-areas:  Mechanical Design (Solid Mechanics, Kinematics, Dynamics, Heat Transfer, Fluid Mechanics), Mechanism and Machine Design, Electromechanical systems, Mechatronic devices, Engineering Analysis (FEA, CFD), Virtual Prototyping (CAD, CAM), Prototyping and Proof of Concept, Innovation Management, Product Design, Project Management, Sustainability
  • Papers currently assigned:  Introduction to Engineering Design (ENGE 500);  Engineering Design Methodology (ENME 602)
  • Project supervision:  Specialisation Project (ENME 795); Industrial Project (ENME 895); Research Project (ENGE 996)

Research Areas:

  • Medical Devices Design
  • Bio Design
  • Design minimally invasive surgical tools and medical technologies for microsurgery
  • Micro biomechanics & micro-medical-systems design 
  • Design for musculoskeletal system: injuries, pain relief and disorders treatment

Research Summary:

Framework: Biomechanical Design Engineering Research Group

Objective: Challenge traditional medical approaches via less traumatic technologies, devices for microsurgery and instruments for minimally invasive surgery.

Student Profile: Passion for engineering design, engagement, proactive, inquisitive, willingness  to  work  in  interdisciplinary teams/areas, strong ethics and decided  to  improve health care and quality of life.

Current Research Projects:

PhD Candidates
Candidates interested to pursue PhD in the area of Medical Devices Design or Bio Design, should email his/her complete CV and a brief letter of motivation describing his/her interest and research proposal to Dr. Lorenzo Garcia.
In general, candidates are expected to have a Bachelor and Master in Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Mechatronics Engineering, Applied Physics or related fields. It is also valuable a sound knowledge in Mechanical Design, CAD and FEA.
(Scholarships Opportunities at AUT: Info)

 

PhD Vacancies:

  • Open proposal

Projects:

  • Spinal traction system  for the treatment of low impact cervical spine dislocations [Ongoing]
  • New orthosis for lower limb [Ongoing]
  •  Advances in osteotomes and surgical tools for cutting [Ongoing]
  •  Sea Turtle prosthesis [Ongoing]
  •  Otoscope redesigned: more room to work [Completed]
  •  Expansive ring for replaceable aortic valve: One suture for multiple revision [Completed]
  •  Lumbar prosthesis: Improving performance in bending movements for a vertebral prosthesis by combining CIA (circumferential interbody fusion) and TDP (total disc prosthesis) [Completed]
  •  Hip prosthesis reshaped: Redesign an edge of a hip prosthesis for a better distribution of loads to the femur [Completed]
  • Sport Facial mask: Improve recovery by avoiding facial collisions [Completed]
  • Minimally Invasive Knee prosthesis: Same behaviour but smaller [Completed]
  • Orthopaedic device for sport injury treatment during cycling: Assistive device to correct musculoskeletal imbalances and relieve pain in elite (or enthusiastic) cyclist and endurance (long distance) triathletes. [Completed]
  • Device for performance measurement in wrestling sports [Completed]

Publications:

Books:
'Traumatic Knee. Design of a new MIS Knee Prosthesis [Co-Author]'
ISBN: 978-84-695-9559-6

Patents:
'Ergometer for wrestling sports', ESP2008000125


Last updated: 22-Nov-2017 8.47am

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