Dr. Chris Rylander received his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering and his B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, all from The University of Texas at Austin.  In 2014 he joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin as an Associate Professor.  Dr. Rylander's primary technical area is manufacturing and design, but his interests also overlap into the areas of biomechanical engineering and thermal/fluid systems. He is the Principal Investigator of the Medical Device Laboratory, with research focused on solving healthcare related problems using mechanical engineering design and manufacturing techniques.  Since beginning his academic career at Virginia Tech in 2007, he has been awarded numerous grants from sponsors including the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, and Wallace Coulter Foundation with total funding of $4.23M. He has published 30 peer reviewed scholarly articles in high ranking journals such as Lasers in Surgery and Medicine, PLoS One, and Cancer Research.  He has graduated four Ph.D. students and nine M.S. students, and is currently advising two Ph.D. students.  Dr. Rylander is presently the Chair of the Research and Development Committee for the American Society for Lasers in Medicine and Surgery.