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  • Niccolo Tonicello

    Niccolo Tonicello

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Mechanical Engineering

    BioNiccolò Tonicello graduated at University of Padova in 2015 in Aerospace Engineering and subsequently continued his studies on numerical methods for fluid dynamics pursuing a Master of Science in Mathematical Engineering at the same institution. He obtained his Ph.D. at the University of Rouen (France) with a thesis on HIgh-order Spectral Element Methods for Compressible Turbulent Flows under the supervision of professors Luc Vervisch and Guido Lodato. After the conclusion of his Ph.D. in 2021, he obtained a short-term fellowship at Scuola Internazionale di Studi Superiori Avanzati in Trieste (Italy) focused on Reduced-Order Models for Compressible Flows in the group of professor Gianluigi Rozza. Finally, in January 2022 he started a post-doctoral fellowship at Stanford on high-fidelity numerical simulation of hypersonic flows in the group of professor Matthias Ihme.
    He has published in a variety of international peer-reviewed scientific journals of computational fluid dynamics, including the Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Journal of Scientific Computing and Computer & Fluids.

  • Joseph D. Towles, PhD

    Joseph D. Towles, PhD


    BioJoseph Towles is a Lecturer jointly appointed in the Mechanical Engineering and Bioengineering Departments at Stanford University. Joe’s teaching interests are in the areas of solid mechanics, neuromuscular biomechanics, dynamical systems and control, and engineering design. His scholarship interests are in the areas of neuromuscular biomechanics and educational practices in engineering.

    A Mechanical Engineer by training, Joe earned his BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland Baltimore County and his MS and PhD degrees both in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University (1996-2003). Following graduate school, Joe was a research post-doctoral fellow and subsequently a research scientist and then a research assistant professor in neuromuscular biomechanics in the Sensory Motor Performance Program at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and in the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department at Northwestern University (2003-2012). Additionally, Joe was a research health scientist for the Rehabilitation R&D Service in the Department of Veterans Affairs (Hines, IL) during that time and later a scientist in the neuromuscular biomechanics lab in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2012-2014). At the time, Joe led projects that addressed the broad question of how to restore hand function (ability to grasp objects) following cervical spinal cord injury and hemiparetic stroke using experimental and computational techniques in biomechanics. As a complement to intensively teaching within the undergraduate and graduate curricula in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2014-2018), and now teaching intensively and broadly within the undergraduate curricula of Mechanical Engineering and Bioengineering at Stanford, Joe's scholarship interests include both biomechanics and educational practices in engineering. Recent educational projects have investigated factors that influence K-12 students' engagement/interest in bioengineering, integration of CATME into an undergraduate mechanical engineering design course that enhances student experience and performance, analytical tool for improving intra- and inter-team communication in an engineering design course, and factors important for teaching undergraduate students how to identify healthcare needs worth pursuing in the context of health technology innovation efforts.

  • George Toye

    George Toye

    Adjunct Professor

    BioGeorge Toye, Ph.D., P.E., is adjunct professor in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University.

    While teaching advanced project-based engineering design thinking and STEM-based innovations at the graduate level as part of ME310, he also contributes to research in varied topics in engineering education, and effective globally-distributed team collaborations. As well, he remains active in entrepreneurship and varied advising/consulting work.

    George earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from U.C. Berkeley, and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering with minor in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.

    Since 1983, he has enjoyed volunteering annually to organize regional and state-level Mathcounts competitions to promote mathematics education amongst middle-school aged students.