Harry Carpenter

Harry Carpenter

Higher Degree by Research Candidate

School of Mechanical Engineering (Inact)

Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology

Hi, I'm Harry!

I make wooden bowties, love riding bikes and am a PhD candidate at the University of Adelaide working on developing the technology to accurately predict heart attacks.

After spending most of my childhood farming on Kangaroo Island, my focus shifted to elite cycling and representing Australia on the world stage.

I applied those unique experiences in adapting to change to continued academic success while following a passion for sustainable development and entrepreneurship; experiences which strengthened a belief in the power of diversity and multi-disciplinary thinking.

After facing my own heart problems my focus shifted, leading me to undertake a PhD focusing on developing a model to accurately predict the onset of heart attacks by computationally modelling the biomechanics of the coronary arteries.

Specifically, this research utilises fluid-structure interaction methods to biomechanically analyse the coronary arteries and parts of the ventricle.

This method is applied to accurate, patient-specific geometry extracted from medical imaging, such as angiography and Optical Coherence Tomography, and will one day be capable of predicting adverse events such as atherosclerotic plaque rupture, dissection and even the growth or regression of disease over time.

I was awarded a Westpac Future Leaders Scholarship for the duration of these studies.

I am also motivated to leverage entrepreneurship to drive economic development and diversification in Australia and am intrigued on how we can better develop and commercialise Australia's world leading research.

I'm also an avid woodworker (yes my last name is Carpenter!)!

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