Professor Lin joins the University of Cincinnati with a unique experiential background. Previously at the University of Michigan, Professor Lin held four positions within the medical school: director of the spine research laboratory; assistant professor of biomedical engineering; assistant professor of orthopedic surgery; and assistant professor of neurosurgery. He is interdisciplinary at his core.
Lin’s primary appointment at UM was assistant professor of neurosurgery where he helped residents get involved with the research side of medicine. Lin explains his multiple appointments were “empowering” and gave him great experience in several different areas of study.
It is no surprise then, that Professor Lin would bring with him his expertise in interdisciplinary research. After completing his undergraduate degree in National Taiwan University, Lin worked at the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery of Mackay Memorial Hospital where he received the unique opportunity to mix medicine and engineering.
Many biomedical engineers design surgical implants and other prosthetics without ever stepping foot in the operating room (OR), limiting their knowledge of how the devices are implanted, integrated and functionalized within the body.
By observing in the OR at Mackay Hospital, Lin connected the dots between the design processes and logistics of implanting and attaching medical devices. According to Lin, this exposure was priceless, not only aiding in his design process, but also in establishing relationships with the surgeons who use these products every day.
Lin plans to bring this same interdisciplinary model to UC, which he calls the “surgical approach,” allowing engineering students to understand the medical implications of their designs. This collaborating with the College of Medicine and CEAS will only further enhance UC’s renowned medical expertise, as the design-to-implementation stage of surgical interventions and prosthetics becomes seamless.