Ryan D. Lovik
Ryan Lovik is currently pursuing a PhD. in Mechanical Engineering concentrating in Heat Transfer and Fluid Flow at the University of Minnesota. Ryan has recently worked on several industrial research projects spanning a wide range of industries including the medical device and transportation fields. Specific areas of research have included the design of a new medical device to remove arterial plaque (orbital atherectomy). This device, manufactured by Cardiovascular Systems, Inc., is meant to complement more invasive surgical treatments, such as stenting or bypass. Another area of current research is on the heat generated during the recharging of implantable devices for the treatment of chronic pain (neuromodulation systems). The purpose of this study is to assure patient comfort and safety from thermal tissue damage is maintained. This project is supported by Medtronic.
Ryan has also been a teaching assistant and has held lectures at the Universities of St. Thomas and Minnesota for courses in finite element analysis applied to thermal and structural problems and finite volume analysis applied to fluid flow problems.
Ryan is teaching the course Engineering Mechanics I: Statics and Dynamics (ENGR 220) at the University of St. Thomas for the fall semester of 2008.
B.S. 2006 Mechanical Engineering, University of St. Thomas