University of Minnesota


Earl E. Bakken
Medical Devices Center

Arthur Erdman, PhD


Arthur G. Erdman, PhD, is the Richard C. Jordan Professor and a Morse Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Minnesota, specializing in mechanical design, bioengineering and product design. In July 2007 he was selected as the Director of the Earl E. Bakken Medical Devices Center at the U of M. He received his BS degree at Rutgers University, his MS and PhD at RPI. Dr. Erdman has published over 350 technical papers, 3 books, holds over 40 patents, and shares with his former students 9 Best Paper Awards at international conferences.

Dr. Erdman currently has a number of ongoing projects of which many are related to biomedical engineering and medical device design. He led the effort to create LINCAGES, a mechanism software design package that has been use worldwide. Dr. Erdman has had research collaborations with faculty in Ophthalmology, Neuroscience, Epidemiology, Orthopedics, Surgery, Dentistry, Otolaryngology and Sport Biomechanics. He has consulted at over 50 companies in mechanical and product design, including Xerox, 3M, Andersen Windows, Proctor and Gamble, HP, Rollerblade, Sulzer Medica and Yamaha. He has received a number of awards including ASME Machine Design Award and the ASME Outstanding Design Educator Award. Erdman is a Fellow of ASME and a Founding Fellow of AIMBE. He has been the Chair of the Design of Medical Devices Conference since it's inception in 2001. The DMD Conference is held on the University of Minnesota campus each April.

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