Andrés Díaz Lantada
Prof. Dr. AndrÃ©s DÃaz Lantada studied Industrial Engineering and specialized in Mechanical Engineering at Universidad PolitÃ©cnica de Madrid (UPM), Spain (www.upm.es). He obtained his PhD in Mechanical Engineering in 2009 with a Thesis on â€œMethodology for the structured development of medical devices based on active polymersâ€. He has worked for 8 years as researcher at the Mechanical Engineering Department of this University and collaborated actively with its Product Development Laboratoty, both in research and teaching tasks. Nowadays he works as Assistant Professor at UPM and teaches subjects both at graduate and postgraduate levels, as well as specialization courses. His main teaching activities are related with the following subjects: - Computer-aided Mechanical Engineering. - Design and Manufacturing with Polymers. - Development of Medical Devices. - Biomechanics. At the same time he is actively researching in different areas related with product development, specially focused on medical devices, including rapid prototyping technologies, CAD-CAE-CAM tools and active materials for improving diagnostic and therapeutic applications of biodevices. Recently he has launched the â€œFractal Bioâ€ proposal, linked to the study and development of novel solutions for tissue engineering based on rapid manufacturing of fractal surfaces, within the technology-based innovative enterprises program â€œActua UPMâ€. He is co-founder member of the UPM â€“ Research Group on â€œMachines Engineeringâ€ (since 2007) and of the UPM â€“ Innovative Teaching Group for â€œIntegrated Mechanical Engineering Teachingâ€ (since 2006), both groups under the headship of Chair Professor Pilar Lafont. Among some teaching proposals he is currently editing a special number on â€œLearning through Play in Engineering Educationâ€ for the International Journal of Engineering Education. AndrÃ©s DÃaz Lantada has published more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific publications, several books and book chapters and is co-inventor of 8 patents related with the use of active materials for improving sensing / actuating capabilities of medical products. Recently he has organized and chaired the Special Session on â€œActive Materials for Medical Devicesâ€ at the Biostec â€“ Biodevices 2009 â€œSecond International Conference on Biomedical Electronics and Devicesâ€ and the Special Session on â€œRapid Prototyping for Improving the Development of Biodevicesâ€ at the Biostec â€“ Biodevices 2010 â€œThird International Conference on Biomedical Electronics and Devicesâ€.