Dr. Karen May-Newman

Office: E-323E

Email: [email protected] 

Phone: (619) 594-5652

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Dr. Karen May-Newman





Ph.D., University of California, San Diego       
Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Biomechanics, Biomaterials, Medical Device Design


Professor May-Newman received her Ph.D in Bioengineering from the University of California, San Diego and postdoctoral training in Cardiology from the Johns Hopkins University. She then joined local biotechnology company Alliance Pharmaceutical Corp. as a senior research scientist. In 1998, she joined SDSU to initiate a program in bioengineering. Her research is in the area of Cardiovascular Biomechanics with a focus on the mechanical interaction of the cardiovascular system with implanted medical devices, such as heart valves and left ventricular assist devices (LVADs). Prof. May-Newman’s research has received funding from NIH, NSF, the Whitaker Foundation and other organizations. She also serves as the faculty advisor to the SDSU student chapter of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES).