Career Path to Academia and Bone Research

Dr. Hazelwood received both his B.S. and M.E. in Engineering (Mechanical emphasis) at Harvey Mudd College. He began work as a senior design engineer at General Dynamics in Pomona, CA, and later spent a summer as an associate engineer at Baxter Diagnostics, Inc. in West Sacramento, CA. He eventually returned to school and received both an M.S. and PhD in Biomedical Engineering at UC Davis, working in the field of orthopaedic biomechanics. He moved up the ranks, starting as a postdoctoral fellow, then assistant adjunct professor, then assistant professor in residence within the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at UC Davis. In 2007 he accepted an assistant professor position at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, where he now works as an associate professor in the Biomedical and General Engineering Department. Trained as a mechanical engineer and having spent time in the aerospace industry, Dr. Hazelwood has a different educational foundation than many BME students. However, we can all relate to his decision to return to school for a graduate degree. He will speak about the switch from mechanical engineering to biomedical engineering and his research and experiences along the way. The talk will follow his career path, decisions, research, and teaching, from his undergraduate education through his time at UCD and to his current faculty position at Cal Poly.

The purpose of the BME Alumni Seminar Series is to expose students to various opportunities afforded by a graduate degree in biomedical engineering from UC Davis. We invite speakers from all levels of industry and academics in order to showcase the vast array of BME career pathways.

When: Thursday, Dec. 6 4:10 PM

Where: 1005 GBSF