University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota: Department of Mechanical Engineering


Arthur G. Erdman

Richard C. Jordan Professor, Morse Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor and Director, 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 and product design. In July 2007 he was selected as the Director of the Medical Devices Center at the U of M. He received his BS degree at Rutgers University, his MS and Ph.D. at RPI. Dr. Erdman has
published over 325 technical papers, 3 books, holds over 30 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 ten Design of Medical Devices Conferences which are held next to the University of Minnesota each April.

ASME Journal of Medical Devices (editor)

Design of Medical Devices Conference



Medical Devices Center