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Faculty & research

Juan Carlos del Álamo

Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Juan Carlos del Álamo

  • Ph.D. Aerospace Engineering, E.T.S. de Ingenieros Aeronauticos, 2005
  • M.Sc Aerospace Engineering, E.T.S. de Ingenieros Aeronauticos, 2003
  • B.Sc. Aerospace Engineering, E.T.S. de Ingenieros Aeronauticos, 2000

Juan Carlos del Álamo joins the UW from UC San Diego, where he was a joint professor in mechanical and aerospace engineering and the Institution for Engineering in Medicine. After completing his Ph.D., Juan Carlos investigated experimental cell mechanics and cardiovascular flows as a postdoctoral research associate at Harvard University School of Public Health and as a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellow at UCSD.

His research focuses on the mechanical behavior of living soft matter such as eukaryotic cells and soft-bodied animals. He is developing non-invasive methods to image intraventricular flow, with hopes to translate the research into a clinical setting. His work has applications in clinical interventions and cardiac device implantation like bi-ventricular pacemakers and ventricular assist devices, and has potential to predict the risk of intracardiac blood clot formation and stroke.

He is a recipient of the U.S. Geographical Survey Director’s Award for Exemplary Service to the Nation, the William W. Parmley Award from the American College of Cardiology and the NSF CAREER Award.