2014 Tillman Scholar

Gregory Freisinger

Ohio State University
Ph.D., Biomechanical Engineering

“My future work lies in the human body, improving surgical precision and outcomes to help wounded veterans.”

Greg Freisinger began his military experience as an Army ROTC cadet at Georgia Institute of Technology. Upon graduating with highest honors and a degree in mechanical engineering, he was honor graduate of his officer basic course and completed the Sapper Leader Course and Ranger School. Greg was assigned to the 84th Engineer Battalion and deployed in support of Cobra Gold, a joint exercise between the United States and Thailand.  His construction team participated in a civil action construction project to build a school in a rural town near the Cambodian border. Sixth months later, he deployed with his battalion to Iraq in support of combat operations.

Greg earned his Ph.D. candidate in biomechanical engineering at Ohio State University, working on improving surgical precision and outcomes following total knee replacement. His goal is to use these biomechanical skills to help wounded warriors and veterans by advancing the current standard of care and rehabilitation with translational research. Greg and his wife, also a military engineer officer, are actively involved in student-veteran advocacy and with disaster response as members of the veteran organization Team Rubicon.

Greg’s love of engineering led to a career as an Army Sapper and service in Thailand and Iraq, but the future of his work lies in the human body.