About Dr. Munro

Dr. Deborah Munro

Dr. Deborah Munro has over 25 years of experience in mechanical and biomedical engineering.

She received her bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of the Pacific, her master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford University, and her doctorate in biological systems engineering from the University of California at Davis.

She began her career in industry working for NASA Ames in the mechanical systems and controls branch before spending two years in Japan designing electrical connectors. She then moved to Utah where she designed and performed the FEA work for several dinosaurs in the Universal Studios Hollywood Jurassic Park Ride.

Dr. Munro then gravitated to the orthopedic medical device field and designed hip and knee total joint replacement systems and became knowledgeable about FDA and EU regulatory compliance. She continued to work in the orthopedic medical device and biomechanics field for over a dozen years, designing implants and instruments and writing clinical literature reviews, meta-analyses, and patentability reviews. She then worked as an engineering consultant for a few years before transitioning to teaching mechanical and biomedical engineering at the University of Portland, where she developed courses in CNC automated manufacturing and biomechanics. She now teaches and conducts biomedical research at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand.

Whatever your medical device design, analysis, or regulatory needs, she is ready to assist you.

News About Deborah Munro

“Prof Deborah Munro Joins Mechanical Engineering Department”

Developing a Medical Engineering Program in New Zealand

Prof Munro loves to help improve people’s lives, teaching and sharing knowledge and working with next generation engineering researchers.

The Department of ME welcomes Prof Debbie Munro as a new Staff member.

Prof Munro joins us from Portland, USA where she was based for the last decade. A Californian by education, Prof Munro has a Bachelor’s and Master’s from the University of the Pacific and Stanford University respectively (both in Mechanical Engineering), and a PhD in Biological Systems Engineering from University of California at Davis.

It would not be wrong to say that Prof Munro reached for the stars! She began working at NASA’s Ames Research Centre where she designed support equipment for life science experiments in the wind tunnels and on the Space Shuttle. Then she worked in Japan (and can speak Japanese quite well), returned to NASA, worked on cool robotic dinosaurs at Universal Studios Hollywood and also managed to teach for nearly a decade!

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Fun facts about Prof Munro

Not at all restricted by academics and research, Prof Munro has also published a technical book called DIY MEMS: Fabricating Micro Electro Mechanical Systems in Open Use Labs to guide enthusiasts to develop sensors for their applications.

Her next book will be a present day science fiction novel called APEX.

“Hands-On Biomechanics Lab Using Vernier Technology”

2014 Vernier Engineering Contest Winner — College Level

Walking force profiles demonstrationDr. Munro created a course that features a six-station lab to give students hands-on experience of how different laboratory equipment can be used for biomedical research. In addition, this course provides exposure to testing with human subjects, an introduction to anatomy, physiology, and the terminology used in the medical industry. The students use Vernier sensors to gather data to answer posed questions and create their own open-ended research questions. The data is analyzed using Logger Pro software. Logger Pro is also used to perform video analysis on the subjects.

Link to Vernier website documentation and video

 2011 “Walking Biomechanics Using a Force Plate”

Dr. Munro with her walking force plate biomechanics deviceUsing a wooden ramp fitted with a Vernier Force Plate, Dr. Munro’s students collected force data using LabQuest Mini and Logger Pro software. Through analysis in Logger Pro, her students investigated the effects of various types of shoes on walking force profiles.

Link to Vernier’s Innovate page

University of Portland Master’s of Biomedical Engineering

University of Portland engineering studentsDr. Munro designed and implemented the Master’s of Biomedical Engineering program at the University of Portland, which is a 12-month professional program that immerses students in the technical, scientific, medical, business, and management aspects of the healthcare industry.

The curriculum includes a unique 3-course sequence she designed that allows students to develop and market a medical device, exposing them to the real-world applications of medical technologies. Between the interdisciplinary curriculum, the experiential internship, and the connection to a thriving healthcare community in Portland, graduates will be well prepared to tackle current and future healthcare challenges.

Link to Biomedical Engineering

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