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Joe graduated from Trinity College with a B.S. in Engineering in 1997. He received his PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Duke University and was a post-doc, also at Duke University. In 2005 he became an Assistant Professor at Bucknell University as the second faculty member in the new Biomedical Engineering Program. The program has since become an accredited department with seven faculty and 60 undergraduate students. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2011.

Joe's teaching interests are in biomedical signals and systems, neural and cardiac electrophysiology, and medical device design. Nationally Joe has published or presented over 42 peer reviewed or invited works in the field of engineering education. In 2012 he was a founding faculty member of the KEEN Winter Interdisciplinary Design Experience and a core faculty member in the Institute for Leadership in Technology and Management. He was the founder and inaugural chair of the Undergraduate Research Track at the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) conference, co-organized the Biomedical Engineering Body-Of-Knowledge Summit. He served on the board of the Biomedical Engineering Division of the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) and was elected as chair of the division in 2012. He is the winner of the 2010 National ASEE Biomedical Engineering Teaching Award and in 2011 was selected to be a National Academy of Engineering Frontiers of Engineering Education faculty member.

Joe's technical research interests are in non-linear dynamics in the heart and brain, and engineering education. He has 52 publications and authored two textbooks, Quantitative Neurophysiology and Matlab for Engineering and the Life Science. He is a member of the Biomedical Engineering Society, IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, American Physical Society and is an elected member of Sigma Xi and Heart Rhythm.

Joe has also engaged in a wide range of interdisciplinary activities. To learn more, visit the interdisciplinary research page. You may also want to check out the news page for more recent activities.

And Now For Fun

I enjoy keeping myself busy when I'm not being an engineering professor. I have two wonderful and wacky children - Laura (6) and Paul(4) and they keep me pretty busy! But I have managed to find some time to running trail races, backpack, brew Belgian beers, and learn to Box. See below for more.

Modern Dance

In college I took a modern dance class called "Elements of Movement" that led me to the obscure dance form called Contact Improvisation. The best description is that you are in contact with another person at all time and both dancers improvise what happens next. There's no way to describe it in words but here are some pictures that may help. You can also check out my Movement and Improv CV

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I was forced into running long distance on my high school track team- I really wanted to be a jumper. I got hooked on the repetative/meditative feel of my feet hitting the ground. I have finished a few road marathons, including Boston in 2004, but have turned to trail running over the last few years. Some of my favorites have been the Dam Full Marathon, Hyner Challenge, and the Megatranscect. I also qualified for the World Toughest Mudder at the tri-state event.

Improv Music and Dance
I have found that I love to improvise. As a member of the Bucknell Improvisation Intensive Ensemble (BIIE), led by Phil Haynes, I have had the privilege of practicing and performing with some incredible musicians, actors, poets, and dancers. A few of the performances I have been in have been are The IMPULSE project, Square Peg, Round Hole, 6 Existences (Other Videos 1, 2, 3), and Dante's Inferno Shoots, as well as impromptu performances with Ursala Openns, Ingrid Jensen, Dominic Farinacci, Ritsu Katsumata, Ray Anderson, Joshua Davis, Varden Oysepian and the Filzwilliam Quartet.

Tracing the tortuous path of a mountain stream with a pack on my back and the sun on my shoulders is an ideal way to spend a weekend!


I have joined a small group of faculty and staff that box early in the morning. We are led by the amazing sculptor and amateur boxer, Joe Meiser. It's a great way to start the morning.


When I moved to Lewisburg, I discovered the joy of homebrewing. Over time I've gravitated toward Belgian beers, but I've also tried making mead, hard cider and wine. Somehow I keep coming back to beer.

I studied Aikido, a Japanese martial art form, for about eight years. It is like judo in that energy from an attacker is redirected rather than blocked.