Loraine Lowder is an Assistant Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department and is currently serving as the interim Department Chair. She received her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, and Ph.D. in Bioengineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Lowder’s research interests include image processing, computer-aided engineering, and cardiovascular biomechanics. She is also interested in performing research in the area of the scholarship of teaching and learning. Her current goal is to investigate the three-dimensional distribution of stress in atherosclerotic coronary arteries based on images collected using non-invasive techniques. This goal involves the processing of medical images and the development three-dimensional solid finite element models. The distributions of stress in developed models and the effects of some plaque features on stresses are capable of providing clinically relevant information pertaining to plaque stability assessments.