Spring Convocation: Minimizing the Risk and Incidence of Injury

Burhan Terai has always been fascinated with movement – in the human body, in nature, and in the complex machines designed to improve our lives.

This fascination led Terai to complete his Master of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering in February 2017. He plans on attending convocation on June 15 to accept his degree.

“I love learning about the mathematical and physical principles governing movement in all of these aspects. As such, mechanical engineering was a natural choice to satisfy my curiosity,” explained Terai.

Terai’s research focused on the acute and chronic musculoskeletal injuries that rescue and military personnel experience when using high speed marine crafts.

“I was first introduced to research areas in shipboard motions and postural stability at the Applied Dynamics Lab while taking undergraduate dynamics courses with my supervisors (Professor Robert Langlois and Professor Fred Afagh), and during my fourth year project on the Carleton University Simulator Project (CUSP) with Professor Langlois,” said Terai.

After his second year, Terai was able to get a volunteer opportunity at the Advanced Biomechatronics Lab with PhD. student Ali Morbi whose research in biorobotics and haptics gave Terai his first exposure to mechatronics systems and applications in dynamics and controls.

“That opportunity early in my engineering career had a large impact in shaping my interests and decision to continue further studies after graduation,” said Terai.

Read the full story on the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs site.

Carleton University will graduate about 3,580 students and confer 13 honorary degrees during ceremonies taking place from June 13 to June 16, 2017.  Carleton, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, has grown from a small college in 1942 to a leading post-secondary institution today, one that has provided a unique educational experience to 140,000 graduates.