University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota: Department of Mechanical Engineering

Arthur G. Erdman

Richard C. Jordan Professor, Morse Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor and Director, Earl E. Bakken Medical Devices Center

Office: ME 315
Phone: 612-625-8580

Ph.D. 1971, 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.

Dr. Erdman has published over 385 refereed papers, over 80 other publications, 3 books, is co-inventor of over 45 U.S. patents, 15 foreign 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 Honeywell, Medtronic, Xerox, 3M, Andersen Windows, Proctor and Gamble, Graco, HP, Rollerblade, Sulzer Medica, Gillette, Dell, Abbott (formerly St Jude Medical) and Yamaha.

He has received a number of awards including 2017 ASME Savio L-Y. Woo Translational Biomechanics Medal, 2017 University of Minnesota Entrepreneurship Faculty of the Year Award with William Durfee, 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. Erdman is a Fellow of ASME and a Founding Fellow of AIMBE. This year will be the 18th year he's chaired the Design of Medical Devices Conference held on the University of Minnesota campus, while three additional conferences were held in Europe, two in China, and the first DMD Conference Korea will be held in Oct. 2019!

ASME Journal of Medical Devices (founding co-editor, retired)

Design of Medical Devices Conference



Earl E. Bakken Medical Devices Center