Carolyn Sparrey

Associate Professor, School of Mechatronic Systems Engineering

Area of expertise: Biomechanics


Post-Doctorate, University of California at San Francisco, United States, 2010

Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley, United States,  2008

M.A.Sc., Mechanical Engineering, University of British Columbia, Canada,  2004

B.A.Sc., Mechanical Engineering, University of Waterloo, Canada, 2001


Research interests

  • Injury Biomechanics
  • Computational models of injury
  • Tissue mechanics and materials


SFU Surrey, SRYC 4116
Personal webpage:
Group webpage: NeuroSpine Lab 

Teaching interests

  • Biomechanics
  • Kinematics and Dynamics
  • Experimental and Research Methods

Recently taught courses

  • MSE 222: Kinematics and Dynamics of Rigid Bodies and Mechanisms
  • MSE 420/720: Introduction to Biomechanical Engineering
  • MSE 312: Mechatronics Design II
  • MSE 410: Capstone Design
  • MSE 895: Engineering Research Methodology

Selected recent publications

  • Dr. Shervin Jannesar, Dr. Ernesto Salegio, Dr. Michael S. Beattie, Dr. Jacqueline C. Bresnahan, and Prof. Carolyn J. Sparrey.Journal of Neurotrauma.ahead of print
  • Merry K, MacPherson M, Macdonald E, Ryan M, Park EJ, Sparrey CJ. Differentiating Sitting, Standing, and Walking Through Regional Plantar Pressure Characteristics. Journal of Biomechanical Engineering. 2020 Apr 1;142(4).
  • Thomas L, Borisoff J, Sparrey CJ. Manual wheelchair downhill stability: an analysis of factors affecting tip probability. Journal of neuroengineering and rehabilitation. 2018 Dec 1;15(1):95.
  • Jannesar S, Allen M, Mills S, Gibbons A, Bresnahan JC, Salegio EA, Sparrey CJ. Compressive mechanical characterization of non-human primate spinal cord white matter. Acta biomaterialia. 2018 Jul 1;74:260-9.
  • Carolyn J. Sparrey, Ernesto A. Salegio, William Camisa, Horace Tam, Michael S. Beattie, and Jacqueline C. Bresnahan.Journal of Neurotrauma.Jun 2016.1136-1149.