Glen Livesay

Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Dr. Glen Livesay’s areas of expertise include orthopedic biomechanics, soft tissue mechanics and engineering education. His interest in human structure goes back as far as the third grade, when his arm was paralyzed for about a year and a half. Now, his research focuses on soft tissues, and he has mentored and worked with students on a variety of biomechanical engineering research projects. Dr. Livesay is a committed and award-winning educator who enjoys teaching at Rose-Hulman because it allows him to work closely with students, both in the classroom and through hands-on research.

Teaching Interests

  • Orthopaedic biomechanics
  • Continuum mechanics
  • Engineering education

Research Interests

  • Experimental and theoretical soft tissue mechanics (ligaments & tendons)
  • Joint mechanics (focus on the knee) and morphometrics/mechanics interaction
  • Assessment of student learning styles and instrument validation


  • Samuel F. Hulbert Faculty Chair in Biomedical Engineering, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, 2010-2012
  • Fellow, National Effective Teaching Institute, American Society of Engineering Education


  • PhD, University of Pittsburgh, Civil Engineering, 1996
  • MS, University of California, San Diego, Applied Mechanics, 1990
  • MS, University of California, Los Angeles, Civil Engineering, 1989
  • BS, University of California, Los Angeles, Engineering, 1988