Ryan Arce, a recent University of Iowa graduate, is working with Iowa NSF EPSCoR researcher Shaoping Xiao this summer, analyzing the fatigue of bearings within wind turbine boxes. Arce graduated in May with a bachelor’s in biomedical engineering, with a focus on musculoskeletal biomechanics.
“Although my goal is to be involved in the design and production of orthopedic implants, this EPSCoR internship has been a great change from my normal studies,” Arce said. “It has allowed me to apply my skills to something I had no prior knowledge of.”
Arce has had a previous internship at VIDA Diagnostics in Coralville, as well as several other lab jobs. For his senior project, Arce was involved in the design, testing and production of a minimally invasive procedure and system to implant a transverse rod in spinal fusion surgeries.
In August, Arce will begin pursuing his Masters in Bioengineering at the University of Colorado, Denver.