- Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, The Ohio State University, 2020
- M.S., Mechanical Engineering, The Ohio State University, 2017
- B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Iowa State University, 2014
- Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
- Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES)
Dr. Avendano's training has focused at the interface between mechanical engineering and the performance of biological systems. His experiences have focused on utilizing a diverse set of methods and techniques across various disciplines to generate quantitative data used to assist decision makers across industry and academia. These techniques include design and microfabrication of microfluidic devices, experimental characterization of flow and mechanical behavior of tissue both ex vivo and in vitro, computational modeling of biomaterials, quantitative image analysis, and microscopic image acquisition.
Dr. Avendano also has experience related to the aviation industry which includes static structural analysis of airplane interior and landing gear components, fatigue analysis of landing gear components, and durability analysis of locomotive parts for maintenance contract cost estimation.
During his Ph.D. research at The Ohio State University, Dr. Avendano worked with engineers and cancer researchers to develop quantitative measurements of mechanical and flow properties relevant to understanding physical mechanisms of tumor growth and progression. These properties include tissue stiffness, hydraulic permeability, diffusivity, and extracellular matrix features such as fiber alignment and pore size. His work helped to provide functional assays that could characterize the effect of genetic alterations on measurable physical parameters relevant to tumorigenesis and drug delivery, thus creating opportunities to advance cancer research using engineering approaches.