Travis Turnbull
  • Department: Department of Biomedical Engineering
  • Education: Mechanical Engineering PhD, University of Notre Dame, Bachelor of Science Mechanical Engineering, Texas Tech University

Travis Turnbull,


Deputy Director | Sr. Engineer/Scientist

Travis Turnbull, PhD is a mechanical engineer with a passion for orthopaedic research and was recruited to join the Steadman Philippon Research Institute (SPRI) in 2013. He currently serves as the Deputy Director of the Department of BioMedical Engineering and as a Sr. Engineer/Scientist. His diverse set of skills affords him the ability to creatively approach and solve problems associated with the improvement and/or rehabilitation of the musculoskeletal system. Dr. Turnbull and his colleagues in the BME Department focus on meeting current and emerging clinical needs by conducting high-quality, translational research.

Dr. Turnbull earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Texas Tech University and graduated Summa Cum Laude with Highest Honors. He completed graduate studies while conducting biomechanics research in the Mechanical Engineering PhD program at the University of Notre Dame. He is blessed with a beautiful wife and son and the opportunity to live, work, and play in the Rocky Mountains.

Achilles Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Research Award 2015
International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine (ISAKOS)

First Place Poster – PhD Student Poster Competition 2010
Summer Bioengineering Conference (ASME SBC)

Distinguished Engineering Student Award 2008
Texas Tech University College of Engineering

Mortar Board Honor Society Member 2008
Texas Tech chapter of the Mortar Board Honor Society

Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS) 2013+

American Journal of Sports Medicine – Reviewer 2014+
Education and Public Outreach Committee (EPOC) – Member 2014+
Colorado Parks and Wildlife – Volunteer Hunter Education Instructor 2014+

A citation list of up-to-date publications is available on PubMed.

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