Mathieu Hamel: Engineering for Biomedical Research

Mathieu Hamel has been working as a biomedical engineer at the Research Centre on Aging for more than 12 years. His career began through a co-operative work term organized by the faculty of engineering of the Université de Sherbrooke. Clinical investigators soon noted his engineering expertise.

Mr. Hamel has an expertise in applied biomedical engineering, which has led him serve as laboratory coordinator for seven years. During this time, his position also enabled him to train and supervise a number of engineering students and interns. Meanwhile, Mr. Hamel completed the master's program in applied biomedical engineering.

In July 2011, the Research Centre on Aging recognized his experience by offering him a position as a biomedical engineer. Mr. Hamel became head of the engineering services provided to the 48 engineers in which he provides his expertise in electronic and mechanical systems development as well as in a number of investigative software programs (Matlab, Labview, Solidworks, Nexus, First Principles).

"My role is to provide a bridge between health care research and engineering," he noted. "I maintain an ongoing collaboration with researchers from a variety of disciplines (rehabilitation, robotics, surgery, and so on) and participation in a number of groups, including INTER (Ingénierie de Technologies Interactives en Réadaptation) and ESTRAD (Équipe Spécialisée en Téléréadaptation à Domicile)."

Mr. Hamel supervises and collaborates with highly qualified professionals (a research technician and an engineering researcher). Actively involved in many research projects, from conception to conclusion, he has co-authored some 15 scientific publications.

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