Arthur Erdman

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Arthur Erdman

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


Mechanical Engineering
Rm 315
111 Church Street SE





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


Arthur G. Erdman, P.E., 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 plus medical device and product design. In July 2007 he founded and became the Director of the Earl E. Bakken Medical Devices Center at the U of M. He received his B.S. degree at Rutgers University, his M.S. and Ph.D. at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. 

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.

Research Group

Name: Location:
Earl E. Bakken Medical Devices Center G217 Mayo Building


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
  • "Kinematic Synthesis of Geared Linkages;" with G. N. Sandor, R. E. Kaufman, et al.); Proceedings of Applied Mechanisms Conference; Stillwater, Oklahoma, Journal of Mechanisms, Vol. 5, No. 1, Spring 1970; Rev. Roum. Sci. Tech. - Mec. Appl., Tome 15, No. 4.
  • "Kinematic Synthesis of a Geared Five-Bar Function Generator;" with G. N. Sandor; ASME Journal of Engineering for Industry, Vol. 93, Ser. B., No. 1, pp. pp. 11-16; February 1971.
  • "Synthesis of a Geared N-Bar Linkage;" with D. A. Dimarogonas and G. N. Sandor; ASME Journal of Engineering for Industry, Vol. 93, Ser. B., No. 1, pp. 157-164; February 1971.
  • "Kineto-Elastodynamics - A Review of the State of the Art and Trends;" with G. N. Sandor; Mechanism and Machine Theory, Vol. 7, pp. 19-33; Spring 1972.
  • "A General Method for Kineto-Elastodynamic Analysis and Synthesis of Mechanisms;" with G. N. Sandor and R. G. Oakberg; ASME Paper No. 71-WZ/DE-6; ASME Journal of Engineering for Industry, Vol. 94, Ser. B., No. 4, pp. 1193-1205; November 1972.