Carolyn Sparrey

Associate Professor, School of Mechatronic Systems Engineering


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

  • Mechanical characterization of biological tissues
  • Phenomenological constitutive models of tissues.
  • Patient specific technologies
  • Modeling and simulation of human injury and disease
  • Accident reconstruction and injury analysis
  • Design and evaluation of injury prevention devices


SFU Surrey, 4370 Galleria
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Teaching interests

  • Biomechanics
  • Mechanics and Dynamics
  • Finite element methods

Recently taught courses

  • ENSC 460/893 Intro to Biomechanics
  • ENSC 384 Mechatronics Design II
  • ENSC 282 Kinematics and Dynamics of Rigid Bodies and Mechanisms

Selected recent publications

  • Romanowski K, Nout YE, Beattie M, Bresnahan J, Sparrey CJ 2011, Interspecies variation in spinal cord and column morphology and its affect on cord compression mechanics. Society for Neuroscience Accepted.
  • Sparrey CJ, Keaveny TM. 2011 Compression behaviour of porcine spinal cord white matter Journal of Biomechanics, Apr 7;44(6):1078-82.
  • Hu D, Lu C, Sapozhnikova A, Barnett M, Sparrey C, Miclau T, Marcucio RS 2010 The Absence of Beta-3 Integrin Accelerates Early Skeletal Repair Journal of Orthopaedic Research, Jan 28(1): 32-37.
  • Sparrey CJ, Keaveny TM. 2009 The effect of flash freezing on compression behavior of spinal cord white matter Journal of Biomechanical Engineering, Nov 131(11):111010.
  • Sparrey CJ, Manley G, Keaveny TM. 2009 Effects of white, grey and pia matter properties on tissue level stresses and strains in the compressed spinal cord Journal of Neurotrauma, Apr 26(4):585-95.