Katisha Smith, Ph.D


Mechanical Engineering 2010

Area of Doctoral Study: Mechanical Engineering
Undergraduate Institute: North Carolina A&T University

Research Advisor: Dr. Liang Zhu

Current Position: Aerospace Engineer III, Vencore Services and Solutions, Inc.

Description of Research

Secondary injuries like ischemia, apoptosis, inflammation, and necrosis result from traumatic spinal cord injury.  Hypothermia is used to treat such injuries and prevent permanent neurological damage; however, current cooling methods are invasive and can lead to further cord damage.  Placing a cooling pad along the back is less invasive and may still lead to positive results.  For my research, I use mathematical modeling to determine the feasibility of the proposed method and perform animal experiments to validate these theoretical models.