BME Ph.D. student to play pro baseball
Tyler Heck, a first-year PhD student in Biomedical Engineering, has been signed to play in an independent professional baseball league, the Pecos League, this summer. He will be playing for the Alpine Cowboys, a team based out of west Texas, and will compete against teams in New Mexico, Arizona, and Colorado. He was picked up at a tryout this past December by Cowboys head coach and Ithaca College assistant coach, Ryan Stevens.
Tyler is interested in biomechanics, specifically relating to bone and cartilage, and is a member of Marjolein van der Meulen’s lab of the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department. Before coming to Cornell, he studied Mechanical Engineering at Union College in Schenectady, NY, where he maintained a 3.92 GPA. He helped lead the baseball team in his senior year to their best season yet where they posted a record of 26-11, won the Liberty League Regular Season title, and lost in the conference championships. At the conclusion of the 2013 season, Heck was named to the Academic All-American 1st Team for Division III Baseball, the Liberty League Player of the Year, and Union’s Student-Athlete of the Year. In all of Division III baseball, he was ranked fourth in steals and third in steals per game.
Heck is excited for his future at Cornell in the coming years and grateful for not only this opportunity, but for the support he has received from both his advisor, Dr. van der Meulen, and the Director of Graduate Studies for BME, Dr. Chris Schaffer.