Dr. Todd Lillian serves as an assistant professor of mechanical engineering in the College of Engineering. He recently completed his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering at the University of Michigan, where he also received his M.S. in mechanical engineering (2007). Before studying at the University of Michigan, he received his B.S. in mechanical engineering from Brigham Young University (2004). His primary area of interest is in applying traditional mechanical engineering principles and tools (especially dynamics) to study important biophysics problems. He is particularly interested in the long length and time scale dynamics of DNA and has developed computational models to study this area. When he is not compiling or running code, he enjoys spending time with his wife and making his 6-month-old daughter giggle.