Scott L. Delp

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Scott L. Delp
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A 2010 photo of Scott. L. Delp

Scott L. Delp, Ph.D., is the James H. Clark Professor of Bioengineering and Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University.[1] He is the Founding Chairman of the Department of Bioengineering at Stanford,[2] the Director of the National Center for Simulation in Rehabilitation Research (NCSRR),[3] Simbios, the NIH Center for Physics-Based Simulations of Biological Structures at Stanford.,[4] and the Mobilize Center, a data science research center focused on mobile health.

Delp transformed the field of biomechanics by creating highly accurate computer models of musculoskeletal structures and providing them to researchers worldwide using a software system he and his team developed (OpenSim). Delp’s software has become the basis of an international collaboration involving thousands of investigators who exchange biomechanical models using OpenSim. Delp invented fundamental technology for surgical navigation that is now in wide clinical use.[5] Together with Mark Schnitzer and their students, Delp developed novel microendoscopes that allow realtime in vivo imaging of human muscle microstructure.[6] Together with Karl Deisseroth, Delp pioneered the use of optogenetics to control activity in the peripheral nervous system leading to important inventions for treating paralysis, spasticity and pain.[7] He has co-founded several companies, including Musculographics (now Motion Analysis Corp), Surgical Graphics (acquired by Medtronic), Cala Health, Zebra Medical Technologies, and Circuit Therapeutics.


  • Ph.D.: Stanford University, Mechanical Engineering (1990)
  • M.S.: Stanford University, Mechanical Engineering (1986)
  • B.S.: Colorado State University, Mechanical Engineering (1983), summa cum laude[8]

Selected Awards[edit]

Delp is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He also has received other major awards, including the Giovanni Borelli Award from the American Society of Biomechanics, awarded annually to an individual investigator for exemplary research; the Van. C. Mow Medal from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, bestowed upon a single individual each year who has made significant contributions to the field of bioengineering, and the Maurice E. Muller Award for Excellence in Computer Assisted Surgery, recognizing career-long achievements that fundamentally advance the field. He received the David Morgenthaler Faculty Scholar Award, the National Young Investigator Award, National Science Foundation, and was honored at White House by President Clinton for technology innovation. He is a Fellow, American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineers, American Society of Biomechanics, and American Society of Mechanical Engineers.[8]


  1. ^ "Scott L. Delp - Neuromuscular Biomechanics Lab (NMBL)". Stanford University. Retrieved 13 March 2013. 
  2. ^ "BioEngineering Department History". Stanford University. Retrieved 13 March 2013. 
  3. ^ "National Center for Simulation in Rehabilitation Research (NCSRR)". Stanford University. Retrieved 13 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "NIH Center for Biomedical Computation at Stanford (Simbios)". Stanford University. Retrieved 13 March 2013. 
  5. ^ "Scott L. Delp - Explore Courses". Stanford University. Retrieved 13 March 2013. 
  6. ^ "Minimally invasive high-speed imaging of sarcomere contractile dynamics in mice and humans". Nature, vol. 454, pp. 784 – 788, 2008. Retrieved 19 March 2013. 
  7. ^ "Orderly recruitment of motor units under optical control in vivo". Nature Medicine, vol. 16, pp. 1161–1165, 2010. Retrieved 19 March 2013. 
  8. ^ a b "Scott L. Delp, PhD". Stanford University. Retrieved 19 March 2013. 

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