John F. Drazan

Lecturer, Biomedical Engineering

John Drazan received his doctorate in biomedical engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2017. His dissertation research focused on the development of implantable, wireless sensors to measure forces and pressures within the body. Prior to his time at Rensselaer, John studied physics and played varsity basketball at SUNY Geneseo. In addition to his biomedical research, John is also the STEM director for 4th Family Inc., where he engages urban students in STEM outreach using sports science and analytics. As STEM director, John has assembled a diverse team of academics, teachers, basketball coaches, and players united by a common goal of broadening educational opportunity for our youth through a shared love of basketball and other sports.


Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

M.S., Biomedical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute     

B.A., Physics, State University of New York at Geneseo

Research Focus
  • diversity in STEM Education
  • full body biomechanics
  • Sports Science and Analytics
Select Works
  • Drazan JF, Horne B, Loya A, Eglash, R. From Sports to Science: Using Basketball Analytics to Broaden the Appeal of Math and Science Among Youth. MIT-Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, 2017
  • Drazan JF, Danielsen H, Vercelletto M, Loya A, Davis J, Eglash R. “A Case Study for Integrated STEM Outreach in an Urban Setting Using a Do-It-Yourself Vertical Jump Measurement Platform”. 2016 Annual Meeting of IEEE/EMBC. Orlando, Florida. August, 2016.
  • Drazan JF, Wassick MT, Drayton KA, Mayo SR, Cady NC, Dahle R, Ledet EH. “Long Term In Vitro Testing of a Wireless Pressure Sensor for Detection of Acute Compartment Syndrome”. Accepted to the 62st Annual Meeting of the Orthopaedic Research Society, San Diego, CA. March, 2017.