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Esther Tian

DEPARTMENT: Mathematical Sciences Dept

POSITION: Asst Professor Engineering

DEPARTMENT: MA in Biomedicine

POSITION: Assistant Professor

LOCATION: Main Campus, Harrisonburg | SC 048

PHONE: (540) 432-4404

EMAIL: esther.tian@emu.edu

Esther Tian received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Changsha Institute of Technology in China. She received her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Virginia, where she did an interdisciplinary research on Modeling and Analysis of Neuronal Circuits for Locomotion with Sensory Feedback. Esther taught Statistics and Calculus at the Miller School of Albemarle and read AP exams for the ETS and College Board. In the fall of 2013 Esther joined the Eastern Mennonite University as an Assistant Professor of Engineering, where she teaches engineering and mathematical courses. Her research interests include neuronal control mechanism of animal locomotion and robotics, as well as engineering design education. Esther’s hobbies are reading and hiking. When hiking she enjoys striking new routes, although there is one trail she is especially fond of. It happens to be called Old Trail.

Education

Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Virginia, 2008
Dissertation: Muscle Function and Neuromuscular Transformation in Leech Swimming
B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Changsha Institute of Technology in China, 1994

Publications

(Selected)
Tian J., King D (2017) A collaborative design project between introductory engineering and physics classes. Proceedings of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Zone II Conference, San Juan, PR.

Tian J. (2014) A design approach in an Introduction to Engineering course. The 121st American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference proceedings.

Chen J.1, Tian J.1, Iwasaki T., Friesen W.O. (2011) Mechanisms underlying rhythmic locomotion: Dynamics of muscle activation. Journal of Experimental Biology 214: 1955-1964. (1 Authors contributed equally.)

Tian J., Iwasaki T., Friesen W.O. (2010) Analysis of impulse adaptation in motoneurons. Journal of Comparative Physiology A 196: 123-136.

Tian J., Iwasaki T., Friesen W.O. (2007) Muscle Function in Animal Movement: Passive Mechanical Properties of Leech Muscle. Journal of Comparative Physiology A 193: 1205-1219.

Tian J., Iwasaki T., Friesen W.O. (2007) Transformation of Motoneuron Activity to Muscle Tension in Swimming Leeches. Program No. 406.8. Neuroscience Meeting Planner. San Diego, CA: Society for Neuroscience.

Tian J., Iwasaki T., Friesen W.O. (2006) Static and Dynamic Components of Pacemaker Sensitivity in Leech Motoneurons. Program No. 649.12. Neuroscience Meeting Planner. Atlanta, GA: Society for Neuroscience.

Tian J., Iwasaki T., Friesen W.O. (2005) Passive Properties and Model of the Leech Body Wall. Program No. 177.15. Abstract Viewer/Itinerary Planner. Washington, DC: Society for Neuroscience.