Assistant Professor of Engineering
Dr. Farrar is an alumna of Messiah College ('10) and Cornell University (MS '13, PhD '15). She returned to Messiah to serve as an assistant professor of engineering, focusing on biomedical engineering. Her Collaboratory project teams are working to create a myoelectric prosthetic hand and a point-of-care HIV diagnostic device.
Dr. Farrar’s faculty research focuses on the biomechanics of clubfoot pathology and treatment, working to develop empirical, computational, and experimental models of the infant lower limb in order to understand and improve the technology used to treat clubfoot in children. Her work partners with local and international doctors, orthotists, and patients to develop innovative, advanced, and culturally sensitive clubfoot treatments. Other research interests include cell and tissue engineering in the context of heart disease, cardiac disease in the developing world, and biomedical engineering education. She has been published in a variety of scientific journals and regularly presents at engineering conferences including IEEE, BMES, SWE, and NIH meetings.
Dr. Farrar is originally from Gaithersburg, Maryland. She is married to Dr. Matthew Farrar (Asst. Prof of Physics, Messiah College) and they have three children, Clara, Finnian, and Felicity. The Farrar family enjoys camping, cooking and baking, and eating peaches grown in their backyard. They attend St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Mechanicsburg.