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Geriel Ettienne-Modeste

Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering

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  • Nguyen Engineering Building, 2621
    4400 University Drive, MS 4A3
    Fairfax, VA 22030

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Geriel Ettienne-Modeste joined the Volgenau School of Engineering in January 2016. She specializes in the areas of biomechanics and bioinspired materials for mechanical systems, and brings her extensive background in engineering education, mentoring, and program development to the growing Mechanical Engineering program. Ettienne-Modeste is a Bioengineer and Mechanical Engineer with 7+ years of experience in government and private industry, and 10+ years of experience in K-16 STEM education and community outreach. She received her graduate degrees in Mechanical Engineering from University of Maryland, Baltimore County (M.S. 2005, Ph.D. 2009) and her undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Connecticut (2002). In 2009, Geriel served as an Assistant Professor in Residence in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Connecticut, where she taught several courses (Introduction to Biomedical Engineering, Statics and Dynamics, Biomechanics, and LabView), conducted research in bone biomechanics, and developed an entrepreneurial lecture on State of the Art Research for Bioengineers. 

Dr. Ettienne-Modeste conducted research projects in injury biomechanics, plates and armor designs, where she evaluated models for blast effects at United States Army Research Laboratory (ARL). Dr. Ettienne-Modeste comes to Mason from the FDA, where she worked in regulatory science for bone regenerative, restorative, and repair devices, as well as bioinsipred polymers for the Division of Orthopedic Devices. Her areas of expertise include Solid mechanics, Bioengineering, Materials Science and Characterization, Tribology, Vulnerability Assessments and Risk Mitigation, and Project Management.


PhD, Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland Baltimore County (2009)

MS, Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (2005)

BS, Biomedical Engineering, University of Connecticut (2002)

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Faculty Rank: Assistant Professor