Faculty affiliated with the Biomechanical Technology Research Unit conduct research on topics ranging from fundamental biomechanics to human-centered design. An understanding of biomechanics lies at the foundation of biomechanical technology, and is essential to developing human-assistive devices, ranging from prostheses and artificial hearts, to general consumer products that have been optimized for human usage. Some ongoing projects conducted by participating faculty include artificial organ design, medical device design for surgical and rehabilitative applications (in collaboration with the Stanford University Spine Lab), and human-center product design that achieves ergonomic products via physics-based simulation of both human movement and human-product interaction.