Associate Professor of Teaching, Dept of Mechanical Engineering
Adaptive & predictive control; control of distributed parameters systems; advanced process control; applications of wavelet analysis; biomedical applications
Recently, Agnes has been working on the development of a course about engineering for students without a science or engineering background. When citizens have little understanding of engineering, it can be difficult to fully participate in important public discussions about engineering-related matters, such as building new rapid transit, adding pipeline capacity, or recalling defective products. Agnes is leading a group of interested faculty in creating a new course that will help non-engineering students understand engineering decision-making and technical trade-offs, so that they can knowledgeably engage in determining the directions we take as a society when it comes to infrastructure, technology, and the environment.
Agnes’ area of technical specialization is human joint biomechanics, which is the study of the movement, loading, shape, and properties of joints like knees and hips, and how they are affected by physical disorders and treatments such as surgery. To study joints in living people, Agnes uses magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), which is a type of medical imaging based on magnetic fields rather than X-rays. Recently, she has focused on childhood hip disorders in collaboration with surgeons at BC Children’s Hospital.