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 Honeywell, Medtronic, Xerox, 3M, Andersen Windows, Proctor and Gamble, Graco, HP, Rollerblade, Sulzer Medica, Gillette, Dell, Abbott (formerly St Jude Medical) and Yamaha.
Art Erdman specializes in mechanical design, bioengineering plus medical device and product design. In July 2007 he founded and became the Director of the Earl E. Bakken Medical Devices Center. He particularly enjoys working with design teams that start with unmet medical needs and travel through the medical device development process to ultimately create solutions to improve healthcare.
Ph.D. 1971, Mechanical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute M.S. 1968, Mechanical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute B.S. 1967, Mechanical Engineering, Rutgers University
Richard C. Jordan Professor and a Morse Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor, Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota, -present Director of the Earl E. Bakken Medical Devices Center, University of Minnesota, 2007-present
Scientific & Professional Societies
American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES)
Kinematics and Mechanism Design
Senior Design and New Product Development
Medical Device Design
Publications & Awards
Honors and Awards
2017 ASME Savio L-Y. Woo Translational Biomechanics Medal
2017 University of Minnesota Entrepreneurship Faculty of the Year Award
Minneapolis/ St. Paul Business Journal 2014 Titan of Technology
Tekne Award in the “Innovative Collaboration of the Year”
ASME Machine Design Award and the ASME Outstanding Design Educator Award
Contributed to Chapter on "Stress Analysis of Partial Dentures" in book, Precision Attachments in Dentistry by Baker and Goodkind, C. V. Mosby Company; St. Louis, Missouri; 1979.
"Belt Drives;" with R. Giese; Section of 5th Edition of Encyclopedia of Science and Technology; McGraw-Hill; 1981.
"Facial and Dental Effect of Mandibular Rotation;" with R. J. Isaacson and B. Hultgren; chapter of book Craniofacial Biology; D. S. Carlson, editor; Monograph IV; Center for Human Growth and Development; University of Michigan; Ann Arbor, Michigan; pp. 235-269; 1981.
"Double-Valued Solutions of the Euler-Savory Equation and Its Counterpart in Bobillier's Construction," with G. N. Sandor, one chapter of Recent Developments in Applied Mathematics, Rensselaer Press, 1983, pp. 248-254.
"Computer-Aided Automatic Production of Dental Restorations," with E. Rekow, Proceedings of the Fourth Meeting of the European Society of Biomechanics, Davos, Switzerland, September 1984, and Biomechanics: Current Interdisciplinary Research, Editors Perrin and Schneider, Martin NcShoff Publisher, The Netherlands, Fall 1985, Chapter 39, pp. 289-294.
“Patient-Specific Stent Fabrication Using a Seven-Degree-of- Freedom Additive Manufacturing System, with *John Huss and Malachi Lehman Machines Journal, Vol 10, Iss. 12 (2022), Selected as the Front Cover Article.
“3D Printed Kidney Tumor Models to Improve Urologic Robotic Surgical Training for Residents and Staff Physicians”, with Joel Rosenberg, Resha Tejpaul, *Bethany Juhnke, Nick Heller, *Aaron Tucker, Geoff Dybicz, Jenae Putman, Evan Hochstein, Paul Rothweiler and Christopher Weight, Journal of 3D Printing in Medicine, Feb. 2022. https://mc04.manuscriptcentral.com/fm-3d
“Design and proof-of-concept evaluation of a touchless connector system for preventing peritoneal dialysis-associated peritonitis”, with *Yekinni IO, *Viker T, Hunter R, et al, BMJ Innovations Published Online First: 28 January 2022. doi: 10.1136/bmjinnov-2021-000845
“Reformulation of Theories of Kinematic Synthesis for Planar Dyads and Triads”, with *Sean Mather, Kinematics and Robot Design V, KaRD2022, A special issue of Robotics 2023, 12, 22. https://doi.org/10.3390/robotics12010022
"Neural networks with gated recurrent units reduce blood glucose forecasting error due to changes in sensor location" with *Aaron P. Tucker, Pamela J. Schreiner, Sisi Ma. and Lisa S. Chow, to be submitted to Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology, March 2022.