Assistant Professor

Nic is a biomechanist with a mechanical engineering background in solid mechanics and dynamics. His areas of expertise include musculoskeletal biomechanics, orthopedics, and imaging. He earned his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Virginia, after which he completed postdoctoral training in the Orthopedic Research Laboratory at the University of Utah. His long-term research goals are to improve the overall health and well-being of those who have suffered an orthopedic injury and to reduce the burden from all disabling musculoskeletal conditions. He leads the Musculoskeletal Imaging and Orthopaedic Biomechanics (MIOB) research laboratory.


Fiorentino NM, Atkins PR, Kutschke MJ, Goebel J, Foreman KB, Anderson AE.
Soft Tissue Artifact Causes Significant Errors in the Calculation of Joint
Angles and Range of Motion at the Hip. Gait Posture. 2017 Jun;55:184-190.
doi: 10.1016/j.gaitpost.2017.03.033.

Fiorentino NM, Kutschke MJ, Atkins PR, Foreman KB, Kapron A, Anderson AE.
Accuracy of Functional and Predictive Methods to Calculate the Hip Joint
Center with Dual Fluoroscopy as a Reference Standard. Ann Biomed Eng. 2016
Jul;44(7):2168-80. doi: 10.1007/s10439-015-1522-1. Epub 2015 Dec 8. PMID:

Fiorentino NM, Rehorn MR, Chumanov ES, Thelen DG, Blemker SS. Computational
models predict larger muscle tissue strains at faster sprinting speeds. Med
Sci Sports Exerc. 2014 Apr;46(4):776-86. doi: 10.1249/MSS.0000000000000172.
PMID: 24145724.

Fiorentino NM, Epstein FH, Blemker SS. Activation and aponeurosis morphology
affect in vivo muscle tissue strains near the myotendinous junction. J
Biomech. 2012 Feb 23;45(4):647-52. doi: 10.1016/j.jbiomech.2011.12.015. Epub
2012 Jan 10. PMID: 22236527.

Nicolo Fiorentino

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Biomechanics, Orthopaedics, Medical Imaging, Motion Capture, Multibody Dynamics, Finite Element Analysis


  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Virginia


  • (802) 656-8082
Office Location:

Votey 231B

  1. MIOB Lab

Courses Taught

  • ME 012 Dynamics
  • ME 206 Biomechanics of Human Motion
  • BME 296 Biomedical Imaging Systems