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Rentschler, Mark



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research overview

  • Dr. Rentschler's research is focused on medical devices and surgical robotics. These efforts include design of novel surgical tools and devices, characterization and modeling of how these tools and devices interact with the patient, and design and control optimization based on these models.


  • interdisciplinary research, biomechanics, medical device design, surgical robotics, biomechanics, tissue mechanical property characterization, dynamic modeling, tissue-device contact for in vivo robotic mobility, medical device design research, surgical robotic assist devices, surgical tools, non-invasive sensory measurement devices


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courses taught

  • MCEN 5065 - Graduate Design I
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    First part of a two-course graduate product design experience in mechanical engineering. Covers problem definition and specifications, determining design requirements, user feedback, alternative design concepts, engineering analysis, concept prototypes and CAD drawings. Students make several oral design reviews, a final design presentation and prepare a written report. Entails a team product design, fabrication and testing cycle of sponsored project.
  • MCEN 5075 - Graduate Design II
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2020
    Second part of two-course graduate product design experience in mechanical engineering. Includes refinement of prototype, design optimization, fabrication, testing, and evaluation. Students orally present the final design and prepare a written report and operation manual for the product. Entails a team product design, fabrication, and testing cycle of a sponsored project, leading to a fully-functional product.
  • MCEN 6949 - Master's Degree Candidacy
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2023
  • MCEN 6959 - Master's Thesis
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2022 / Fall 2022 / Spring 2023


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