Benjamin Terry

Benjamin Terry

Contact Information:

317.4B NH
City Campus (Lincoln)
(402) 472-7595

Personal Links:

Terry Research Laboratory

Associate Professor

Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, May 2012, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO (Thesis: Mechanical Characterization of the Small Intestine for In vivo Robotic Capsule Endoscope Mobility)
  • M.S., Engineering Systems, August 1999, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO (Thesis: Neural-Based Remote Health Assessment and Failure Diagnostics)
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, August 1997, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT

Areas of Research and Professional Interest

  • Medical therapeutics, devices, and surgical tools
  • Intuitive, ambulatory biosensors
  • Biomechanical behavior of tissues and organs

Courses Taught

  • MECH 350: Introduction to Dynamics and Control of Engineering Systems
  • MECH 450/850: Mechanical Engineering Control System Design

About Benjamin Terry

Dr. Terry’s years in private industry contribute to his interest in a broad spectrum of biomedical research, including:

  • Medical therapeutics, devices, and surgical tools: One component of the price of health care is the high cost of medical devices and equipment. Although the price of these devices is derived from many non-engineering related factors, design still plays a significant role in device cost. One of Dr. Terry’s medical device research objectives is to achieve order-of-magnitude reduction in cost, complexity, and/or size of medical devices while maintaining effectiveness. Such design improvements not only benefit American consumers, but they also increase the access of high-quality care to communities with developing economies.
  • Intuitive, ambulatory biosensors: In the past, continuous biometric monitoring for real-time health diagnosis was used primarily by astronauts, warfighters, and other individuals in high-risk or mission-critical occupations. Our aim is to leverage recent advances in sensing, wireless telemetry, battery power, body networks, and wearable and handheld computing to create a new class of biosensing systems that are intuitive, non-invasive, long-term, and ambulatory. Such systems will help make biosensing inexpensive and commonplace. This new sensing system will lead to future avenues of research that include the development of expert systems that diagnose and provide feedback to the host or to in vivo actuators.
  • Biomechanical behavior of tissues and organs: The previous two research areas benefit from fundamental knowledge of the biomechanical behavior of the tissue and organs that interact with surgical tools, devices, or sensors. This is especially true for long-term implants. Therefore, a third research interest is the biomechanical characterization of both the active and passive response of tissue and organs to engineering materials. Presently, we are creating a novel sensor for measuring in situ the biomechanical response of the live small intestine to a solid bolus.

Honors and Awards

  • University of Colorado Mechanical Engineering Department “Outstanding Ph.D. Dissertation Award,” 2012
  • University of Colorado Mechanical Engineering Graduate Engineering Annual Research Symposium (GEARS) Best Presentation, Bioengineering Session, 2012
  • National Science Foundation GK12 Fellowship, 2010-11
  • University of Colorado “Silver Best Should Teach” Award, 2009-10

Selected Publications

  • Terry, B.S., Passernig, A., Schoen, J., Rentschler, M.E., “Small Intestine Mucosal Adhesivity to In vivo Capsule Robot Material,” Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials, 2012 (accepted).
  • Terry, B.S., Schoen, J., Rentschler, M.E., “Measurements of the Contact Force from Myenteric Contractions on a Solid Bolus,” Journal of Robotic Surgery, 2012, DOI: 10.1007/s11701-012-0346-3.
  • Terry, B.S., Mills, Z., Schoen, J., Rentschler, M.E., “Single Port Access Surgery with a Novel Magnet Camera System,” IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, 2012, DOI: 10.1109/TBME.2012.2187292.
  • Terry, B.S., Schoen, J., Rentschler, M.E., “Characterization and Experimental Results of a Novel Sensor for Measuring the Contact Force from Myenteric Contractions,” IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, 2012, DOI: 10.1109/TBME.2012.2195179.
  • Terry, B.S., Lyle, A., Schoen, J., Rentschler, M.E., “Preliminary Mechanical Characterization of the Small Bowel for In Vivo Mobility,” ASME Journal of Biomechanical Engineering, Volume 133, Issue 9, 091010, 2011, DOI: 10.1115/1.4005168.
  • Terry, B.S., Schoen, J., Mills, Z., Rentschler, M.E., “Single Port Access Surgery With a Novel Port Camera System,” Surgical Innovation, 2011, DOI: 10.1177/1553350611418988.
  • Terry, B.S., Ruppert, A.D., Steinhaus, K.R., Schoen, J.A., Rentschler, M.E., “An Integrated Port Camera and Display System for Laparoscopy,” IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering. 57(5): 1191-1197, 2010, DOI: 10.1109/TBME.2009.2037140.