Meet the Team

Sarah Ilkhanipour Rooney, PhD

Dr. Sarah I. Rooney is an assistant professor and director of the Biomedical Engineering undergraduate program at the University of Delaware.  She received her B.S.E. and M.S.E. in biomedical engineering from the University of Michigan and her Ph.D. in bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania.  Her doctoral training focused on tendon and muscle mechanical and biological adaptations to exercise and the impact of anti-inflammatory drugs.  She now seeks to bring evidence-based teaching practices to the classroom and enhance engineering education.  She developed the course BMEG442 Engineering Exercise & Sports out of her personal and academic interests.


Nicolette Chahalis

Nicolette Chahalis is a junior Biomedical Engineering undergraduate student at the University of Delaware.  On top of her course work, she also conducts research in a Biomedical Engineering lab studying lung development and is a member of the University of Delaware Student Alumni Ambassadors. She has always been interested in clinical research, but since taking Biomechanics she has found a way to connect her lifelong love of sports and engineering.  She enjoys playing softball, going to the gym, and playing any outdoor recreational activity.




Dimitri Duplan


Hi, my name is Dimitri and I’m a senior biomedical engineering student here at UD. I’ll be graduating this year on June 1. My goal after graduation is to enter industry. If everything goes according to plan, I would like to pursue a master’s program after several years of working in industry. I enjoy anime, video games (currently playing Kingdom Hearts 3) , and sports (particularly basketball). I hope this class will be a great experience for myself and my fellow classmates.

Ben Maggio


Ben Maggio is a junior Biomedical Engineering major and Neuroscience minor at the University of Delaware. He is an undergraduate researcher in the Mechanotransduction & Mechanobiology Lab studying the pathology of Post-Traumatic Osteoarthritis. He hopes to pursue a career in medical device development, but also has a strong interest in exercise and sport having been a multi-sport athlete in high school. Currently, he likes to stay healthy through lifting and occasionally running.


Megan Mannino

Megan Mannino is a Biomedical Engineering student at the University of Delaware. Health, sports and fitness have always been passions of Megan’s. In high school, she acted as a gymnastics coach, working with athletes of various ages and ability, and trained as a competitive swimmer, completing on the state and regional level. Currently, she is a member of UD Triathlon Club and regularly competes in Olympic Triathlons. Her experiences as a coach and athlete have generated her interest in the human body. Megan is fascinated with the adaptability of the human body – the influence of genetics and environment on human development amazes her. Through this course she hopes to learn more about how sports influence the human condition, how adaptations occur on the physiological level, and how fitness and sports technologies work.  A believer that health is a critical to Individual success, Megan looks to pursue a career in in R&D developing medical technologies after completing her undergraduate studies in Fall 2019. Through innovating new devices, she hopes to provide the tools necessary for all to lead healthy lives.

Ally McCabe


Ally McCabe is an undergraduate junior, majoring in biomedical engineering, at the University of Delaware. After college, she hopes to use her degree to work on finding a cure for Huntington’s disease. Alongside finding a cure, she would like work with HD patients to find exercises that would delay the onset of immobility. Her decision to take this class was influenced by her love  for soccer and crossfit.

Kyle Meadows


Kyle is a second year PhD student in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Delaware working under Dr. Dawn Elliott. He completed his undergrad degree in BME at Duke University in 2015. His doctoral research focuses on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of fibrous soft tissues. Using MRI he studies the links between structural and functional changes in the intervertebral disc and the knee meniscus before and after injury or the onset of pain. These tissues are integral to load transfer during human body motion, and failure of the tissues lead to low back pain and osteoarthritis which are two of the most frequently occurring and most expensive diseases in adults, accounting for the most years lived with disability. Outside of academia, he spends most of his time watching or playing various sports throughout the year. His interests in sports, engineering, and biology have led him to his research and this class.

Nick Trieu


Nicholas Trieu is a Biomedical Engineering student here at UD. His interests are in the genetics of the body, and how they influence the function of the body. Whether it’s the heart of the knees, he believes that genetics has a helping hand in it all. In addition, he has a fascination with nutrition and the rise and fall of fads. He enjoys cardio exercises, but has tried branching into more strength increasing exercises.

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