Eni Halilaj joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University in the fall of 2018. She was previously a postdoctoral fellow at the National Center for Mobility Big Data Integration to Insight and the Neuromuscular Biomechanics Lab at Stanford University.

Halilaj’s work focuses on musculoskeletal biomechanics in the context of injury and disease. She uses medical imaging, motion capture in laboratory settings and natural environments, computational modeling, and machine/statistical learning methods to study the implication of movement mechanics in orthopaedic pathologies, such as osteoarthritis. Her goal is to integrate insights from experimental and computational work in the development of effective rehabilitation strategies aimed at restoring and preserving pain-free mobility. Given the translational emphasis of her research, she collaborates closely with orthopaedic surgeons, musculoskeletal radiologists, and rehabilitation specialists.

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2015 Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, Brown University

2008 BA, Engineering, Brown University

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Halilaj receives ASB Young Scientist Award

MechE’s Eni Halilaj has won the American Society of Biomechanics Young Scientist Award. The award will be presented at this year’s ASB meeting in August.

Halilaj led workshop for high school girls

MechE’s Eni Halilaj partnered with the Perry Initiative and UPMC and Allegheny Health surgeons to host a hands-on workshop for 40 high school girls and teach them about the intersection of engineering and orthopaedics.

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New MechE faculty member Eni Halilaj applies biomechanics to treat and prevent musculoskeletal injuries and diseases.