Last updated: May, 2015

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Prospective Students

If you are currently a CU student and are interested in working with our group, please contact me by email (include a copy of your up-to-date résumé/CV).


If you are not yet a CU student, please apply to our Graduate Program.  In your application materials, please indicate that you would be interested in working with our group.  If interested, please contact me by email and note that you have reviewed our research and this webpage.


If you are interested in Product Design, please consider applying to our Mechanical Engineering Graduate Design Program, a part of Design Center Colorado.


Rentschler Research Group

College of Engineering and Applied Science at CU Boulder

Advanced Medical Technologies Laboratory

At the Advanced Medical Technologies Laboratory (AMTL) we strive to improve the quality of life for people by focusing on medical mechatronics and surgery robotics design, tissue mechanics characterization and modeling, and tissue-device contact modeling.


In the area of

biomechanics, our

research includes tissue

mechanical property

characterization and

modeling tissue-device

interactions. In

particular, efforts focus

on tissue-device contact

for in vivo robotic

mobility. Medical device

design research thrusts

include surgical robotic-assist devices, surgical tools, and non-invasive sensory measurement devices.


Our research has been sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF), Conmed Electrosurgery and Medtronic. Current and previous students working with us in the AMTL have included National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellows, National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Research Fellows, Fulbright Scholars, Whitaker International Fellows, NSF Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide (GROW) Fellows, and NSF GK-12 Fellows. Our student researchers have received numerous departmental, college and university fellowships, travel grants and awards. Graduates from the AMTL are working as tenure-track faculty and research fellows at other academic institutions, design engineers at start-up companies, and research engineers at major medical device companies.



Download an AMTL flyer here.

AMTL Members at the top of Green Mountain in Boulder (L to R): Eric Kramer, Doug Fankell, Levin Sliker, Charlie Wheeler, and Madie Kern (2013).