Mark Rentschler
Associate Professor • Sylvia Norviel Cancer Research Faculty Fellow • Biomedical, Mechanics of Materials, Robotics and Systems Design

Office Location: ECES 150
Lab Location: ECES 1B14

Research Interests

Medical mechatronics, medical device design, surgical robotics

Mark Rentschler’s research is focused on fundamental understanding of key questions to enable intelligent medical devices and surgical robotics which are, in turn, setting a foundation for patient-specific medical care and ultimately leading toward an operating room of the future. These efforts include design of novel surgical tools, devices, and robotics; characterization and modeling of how these tools, devices, and robots interact with the patient; and optimization based on these models. 

Societal Impact

Through our research we strive to improve the quality of life for people by reducing surgical and medical procedure invasiveness, improving physician’s capabilities, and reducing overall medical costs.

Select Publications

Select Accomplishments & Awards

  • National Academy of Engineering’s US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium Participant, 2019
  • University of Colorado Research & Innovation Office Faculty Fellow, 2019
  • ASME Journal of Biomechanical Engineering Editor’s Choice Paper, 2018
  • Elected Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), 2018
  • Elected Senior Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), 2018
  • Department of Mechanical Engineering Outstanding Graduate Educator Award, 2018
  • IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation Top 5 Paper by IEEE Spectrum Magazine, 2017
  • College of Engineering and Applied Science Dean’s Performance Award for Outstanding Junior Faculty, 2016
  • Department of Mechanical Engineering Outstanding Undergraduate Educator, 2016
  • University of Colorado Provost’s Faculty Achievement Award, 2015
  • Department of Mechanical Engineering Woodward Outstanding Faculty Award, 2015
  • Department of Mechanical Engineering Outstanding Graduate Educator Award, 2014
  • College of Engineering and Applied Science Charles Hutchinson Memorial Teaching Award, 2013
  • Department of Mechanical Engineering Outstanding Graduate Education Award, 2012
  • University of Colorado Outstanding Graduate Student Mentor Faculty Award, 2012
  • University of Colorado New Inventor of the Year, 2009