Associate Professor

 

As a part of the Educational Leadership faculty stream, Agnes d’Entremont’s work focuses on student learning and curriculum development in mechanical engineering. She teaches courses in orthopaedic biomechanics (musculoskeletal system disorders and treatments involving engineering, like total knee replacement for arthritis), injury biomechanics (injury research and protective equipment design, like helmets to prevent skull fracture) and mechanical design (creating mechanical devices that meet a complex set of requirements). She also studies aspects of engineering education, such as how students make the decision to start an engineering program, and the role of gender and personality type in peer evaluation during group projects. This type of research is important in learning how to increase diversity and maintain fair evaluations in engineering programs.

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.