Arthur Erdman

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Arthur Erdman

Richard C. Jordan Professor, Morse Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor, Mechanical Engineering


Mechanical Engineering
Room 317
111 Church Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455


Director, Earl E. Bakken Medical Devices Center


Ph.D. 1971, Mechanical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
M.S. 1968, Mechanical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
B.S. 1967, Mechanical Engineering, Rutgers University

Professional Background

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)


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.

Earl E. Bakken Medical Devices Center - G217 Mayo Building

ME Research Areas
Biosystems & Bioengineering

ME Impact Areas
Human Health

Research Interests

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.

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.

Selected Publications

  • “Pelvic Floor Dynamics During High-Impact Athletic Activities: A Computational Modeling Study”, with N Dias, Y, Peng, R Khavari, R Sweet, G Timm, T Boone and Y Zhang , ASME Journal of Biomechanical Engineering, Paper # BIO-15-1669 – also abstract on 11/2016
  • “Use of Virtual Reality for Pre-Surgical Planning in Separation of Conjoined Twins A Case Report”, with Juhnke, B., Mattson, A., Saltzman, D., Azakie, A., Hoggard E., Ambrose, M., Iaizzo, P., and Fischer, G., Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Part H, Journal of engineering in medicine, 233(12), 1327-1332. PMID: 31554483 doi: 10.1177/0954411919878067
  • “Lessons Learned from Kinematics Research Applied to Medical Device Design”, ASME Journal of Biomechanical Engineering, Annual Special Issue, February 2018, Volume 140, pages 021006–1, 15 pages.
  • “Beneficial effects of spatial remapping for Reading with simulated central field loss”, with Anshul Gupta, J. Media, R. Smith, M Schatza, Stephen Engel, Frederik J van Kuijk, Aurelie Calabrese, and Gordon Legge. IOVS (Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science). Feb. 2018, Vol. 59, 8 pages.
  • “Diagnostics as the Key to Advances in Global Health: Proposed Methods for Making Reliable Diagnostics Widely Available”, with D. Melander, Sudesh Sivarasu, Ibrahim Yekinni and Cheng Yunzhang, The Special Issue on Global Health of the ASME Journal of Medical Devices, paper #014702, Vol 14, March 2020.
  • “Cardiac Patient-Specific Three-Dimensional Models as Surgical Planning Tools”, with Michael Bateman, William Durfee, Tinen Iles, Cindy Martin, Kenneth Liao and Paul Iaizzo, Journal of Surgery, Elsevier, 167, 259-261 2020.

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