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Martin Tanaka

Martin Tanaka

Associate Professor

College of Engineering and Technology

Engineering and Technology

Contact Information

Phone: 828.227.2561
Office: 338 Belk Building
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As a faculty member at WCU, I spend my time teaching course, conducting research, and serving the university and the community. I usually have a few graduate students and some students doing undergraduate research. My research interests include the developing innovative biomedical devices and the studying human dynamics and neuromuscular control. Most of my research projects are slanted toward commercial applications having elements of designing, building, and testing stemming from my experience designing products in industry. I am a licensed professional engineer and enjoy working with students and local companies on their projects. Since 1990, I have been a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to serve the Bioengineering Division in a variety of leadership roles. After 26 years of membership I was honored as a fellow of ASME. My degrees are in mechanical engineering (NCSU), engineering mechanics (VT) and I earned a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from Virginia Tech and Wake Forest University.


  • Ph D, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • Ph D, Wake Forest University
  • MS, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • BS, North Carolina State University at Raleigh

Teaching Interests

Design for Manufacturing<br>Innovation in Engineering Design<br>Product Design and development including new medical devices<br>Mathematical modeling and simulation<br><br>

Research Interests

Product innovation, design, development, manufacturing, and launch<br>Innovative medical devices including prosthesis<br>Human dynamics and neuromuscular control<br><br>

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