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Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering & Computer Science Department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering

Mechanical and Materials Engineering


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    Dr. Peter Laz 

    Professor  Phone: 303.871.3614 Email:

    Academic Title

    PhD, Purdue University

    Office Information 

    Clarence M. Knudson Hall, Rm 106  2390 S. York Street  Denver, CO  80208                  
  • Areas of Research

    Dr. Peter Laz is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering.  He directs the Probabilistic Mechanics Lab, which is part of the Center for Orthopaedic Biomechanics (  His research is focused in orthopaedic biomechanics and materials, and involves the application of probabilistic methods to assess the contributions of uncertainty.  Recent funded projects have involved the development of statistical shape models to characterize anatomic variability in the knee and spine, the use of the extended finite element method (XFEM) to model hip fracture, and population-based evaluations of knee mechanics.  In addition, he teaches a variety of graduate and undergraduate courses in solid mechanics and design, including Reliability, Optimization, Fatigue and Senior Design.

    Probabilistic Mechanics Lab
    Center for Orthopaedic Biomechanics