His enthusiasm to learn, teach, and create is unmatched by anyone else I’ve encountered at Stanford. Any student would be lucky to have Manuel as a professor, advisor, mentor or friend.
— Tyler Shultz, Stanford BME Undergraduate
It’s been really encouraging to have Manuel as a mentor and teacher. He always goes out of his way to answer questions, and he makes complex concepts clear and accessible (especially for new students with a limited research background).
— Rebecca Su, Yale BME Undergraduate
As a supervisor, Manuel always pushed me to be my absolute best and to challenge myself each day. Under his mentorship and support, I learned a great deal both personally and professionally. He is extremely knowledgeable and experienced as an engineer and researcher, and he always took the time to make everything into a teachable moment on the job. I am glad to have learned so much from him!
— Rima Naseer, Drexel University BME Undergraduate
He will make you work hard, but he is always willing to help and work just as hard to ensure everyone reaches their goals and ultimate potential.
— Jonathan Whitman, University of Pennsylvania ME Student
Working under Manuel for six months, full-time, challenged my problem solving abilities and pushed me to grow immensely as both a student and an engineer. Because of Manuel’s mentorship, I was encouraged to conduct undergraduate research abroad and will pursue my master’s degree after completion of my bachelor’s.
— Emily Ballantyne, Drexel University ME Undergraduate

Teaching Experience

Continuum Mechanics / Stanford University / 2011
Statics / ETH Zurich / 2011

Teaching Assistant
Vascular Mechanics / Yale University / 2015
Mechanics of the Cell / Stanford University / 2010, 2011, 2012
Mechanics of Growth / Stanford University / 2010

Rebecca Su / Yale University BME Undergraduate / Yale University / 2015
Manfred Reiche / University of Pennsylvania ME Undergraduate / Micro Interventional Devices / 2014
Jonathan Whitman / University of Pennsylvania ME Undergraduate / Micro Interventional Devices / 2014
Emily Ballantyne / Drexel University BME Undergraduate / Micro Interventional Devices / 2013
Rima Naseer / Drexel University BME Undergraduate / Micro Interventional Devices / 2013
Seraina Dual / ETH Zurich ME Undergraduate / Stanford University / 2011

Tyler Shultz / Stanford University BME Undergraduate / Stanford University / 2011

Lecturer. At ETH Zurich I was responsible for several segments of a fundamental course on “Statics” (Fall 2011). This involved selecting class material, preparing lecture slides as well as supplementary notes, designing homework problems and offering office hours. Similarly, during my graduate education at Stanford University, Professor Ellen Kuhl called on me often to lecture to her “Continuum Mechanics” (Fall 2012) class where I prepared all materials independently. Furthermore, I gave several lectures on mechanics and computational methods as a participant in seminar series at Stanford’s Mechanical Engineering Department, Stanford’s School of Medicine, and most recently at the Department for Applied Mathematics at Brown University.

Assistant. Most recently, at Yale University, I assisted Professor Jay Humphrey with his “Vascular Mechanics” Class (Fall 2015).  In Professor Humphrey’s absence I moderated class presentations, proctored exams, and assisted with grading exams. Similarly, at Stanford University I served as the teaching assistant to Professor Kuhl in three of her undergraduate and two of her graduate courses.  These classes included “Mechanics of the Cell” (Fall 2010, Winter 2011, Spring 2012), “Mechanics of Growth” (Fall 2010) and “Continuum Mechanics” (Fall 2012). Besides the general responsibilities of a teaching assistant, I had the opportunity to interact with students one-on-one during office h­­­­ours and teach lab segments on practical skills such as programming and scientific writing.

Supervisor. Currently, I mentor Rebecca Su, a Yale University BME undergraduate student. Under my guidance and without previous experience she has successfully developed a detailed 3D multiphasic finite element model of an artery to study the evolving heterogeneous collagen orientation in vascular wall tissue. Furthermore, at Stanford University and ETH Zurich I supervised three undergraduate students for senior projects and independent research projects. My work with Stanford undergraduates Tyler Shultz and Anton Dam resulted in their making critical contributions to two of my papers. At ETH Zurich I supervised Seraina Dual for the duration of her bachelor thesis research. Finally, as the Director of R&D for a medical device company, in addition to my direct reports, I supervised a total of four co-op students from the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University and directed their daily research activities on ventricular mechanics and wound healing.  Among them was Emily Ballantyne, who I continue to mentor now that she has returned to school.