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Timothy Quinn

Research Interests:

Measurements of the reliability of engineered materials that are in contact with biological environments

Current Projects: 

Cardiac Device Leads: Increasing the reliability of cardiac device leads through the implementation of advanced testing methods in AAMI standards.


Instrumented Bioreactors: We hope to be able to speed the development of practical engineered tissue by measuring the quality of engineered tissue on-line while it is developing in a bioreactor. Time consuming and expensive end-point testing is eliminated.

Professional Affiliations:

American Society of Mechanical Engineers


Selected Awards and Honors:

2010 Building Tomorrow's Workplace Award from NIST

2000 A.F. Davis Silver Medal from the American Welding Society

1994 Federal Laboratory Consortium 1994 Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer

1993 U.S. Department of Commerce Bronze Medal

1990 Hetenyi Award for best paper in Experimental Mechanics



Leader, Materials for Biological Environments Group
Materials Reliability Division
Cell & Tissue Mechanics Group

Employment History:

2011- present: Developed fatigue testing standards for cardiac device leads

2006 – present: Leader of the Materials for Biological Environments Group

2002 –2006: Developed models, testing methods, and experimental apparatus for tissue engineering

1990 – 2002: Developed models of arc welding processes. Invented and demonstrated through-the-arc sensing methods and control systems for arc welding

1998-2001: Chaired the American Welding Society A9 Standards Committee on Computerization in Welding

1996-2005 Adjunct Professor, Colorado School of Mines: Taught machine design courses to upperclassmen

1993 Adjunct Professor, University of Colorado,Boulder: Taught the capstone design course


Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of California,Berkeley, CA,1990

M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, CA, 1987

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, 1984


Phone: 303-497-3480
Email: quinn@boulder.nist.gov
Fax: 303-497-5030