Shahab Karimi, a graduate student in Western Carolina University’s Department of Engineering and Technology, has been awarded a Richard Goolsby Scholarship through The Society of Plastics Engineers of South Carolina and central and western North Carolina.

The Richard Goolsby Scholarship Fund provides assistance to graduate and undergraduate students who have shown a career interest or demonstrated practical experience in the plastics industry. The highly competitive scholarships are renewable for up to four years, depending on the academic standing of the student. Karimi is receiving $1,000 this year, and he already has been accepted for renewal for the next academic year.

Karimi is working on his master’s degree in technology at WCU and expects to graduate in May. His research to better understand human neuromuscular control and torso movement through the analysis of bandwidth is being done under the supervision of Martin Tanaka, assistant professor and graduate program director in the department, and in collaboration with faculty at the Osteopathic Medical School at Michigan State University.

Karimi’s bachelor’s thesis project involved mechanical analysis of a bio-plastic model of human femoral bone and its capability to be used in rehabilitation of human bone. He said his professional goal is to combine engineering with medical science to invent new methods in biomedical and biomechanical engineering.

For more information about WCU’s graduate program in technology, contact Tanaka at 828-227-2561 or