Auburn Engineering to offer free virtual lectures on biomechanics to alumni, public

By Jeremy Henderson

Published: Aug 13, 2020 12:00:00 PM

 Michael Zabala, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, lectures during the 2019 "Biomechanics and Engineering in the Arts" study abroad program in Florence, Italy. Michael Zabala, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, lectures during the 2019 "Biomechanics and Engineering in the Arts" study abroad program in Florence, Italy.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering is condensing the most popular material from a recently developed “Biomechanics and Engineering in the Arts” study abroad program into an online lecture series that Auburn alumni and members of the general public can virtually attend free of charge.

The four-part series starts Thursday, Sept. 3, and will be led by the study abroad program faculty lead and assistant professor of mechanical engineering Michael Zabala, and mechanical engineering lecturer Taylor Oldfather. Participants will learn about the relevance of the Renaissance to modern-day engineering, the life and scientific contributions of Leonardo Da Vinci, the biomechanics of ballet and the physics of music. Lectures will be given live over Zoom and last approximately 45 minutes, ending with an additional 30-minute question and answer session. 

"It's a hard time for everybody in the Auburn Family right now, but this will be a fun way to stay involved with the university," Zabala said. "The lectures will be very laid back, interactive and they're free." 

The schedule for the lectures is as follows:   

Thursday, Sept. 3, 6-7:15 p.m. The Renaissance

Thursday, Oct. 1, 6-7:15 p.m. Leonardo Da Vinci

Thursday, Nov. 5, 6-7:15 p.m. The Biomechanics of Ballet

Thursday, Dec. 3, 6-7:15 p.m. Musical Vibrations and Acoustics

Registration is preferred, but not required. To register, visit: https://auburn.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bCsXHw7fW1wpQkR

Zoom Information:

https://auburn.zoom.us/j/94502992346

Connect using computer/device audio if possible.

Or Telephone: Meeting ID: 945 0299 2346

    Dial: +1 312 626 6799 (US Toll)

        or +1 646 876 9923 (US Toll)

Or an H.323/SIP room system:

    H.323: 162.255.37.11 (US West) or 162.255.36.11 (US East)

    Meeting ID: 945 0299 2346

Media Contact: Jeremy Henderson, jdh0123@auburn.edu, 334-844-3591

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