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Michalek Appointed Assistant Professor of Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineering at Clarkson University

Arthur J. Michalek has been appointed assistant professor of mechanical & aeronautical engineering at Clarkson University.

Arthur J. MichalekHe received his bachelor of science and master of science degrees in mechanical engineering from Clarkson, and his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Vermont.

Before coming to Clarkson, Michalek was a post-doctoral research fellow in the Department of Molecular Physiology & Biophysics at the University of Vermont, where he worked to develop experimental techniques to relate post-translational modifications to changes in conformational and mechanical properties of single molecules. Prior to that, he was a post-doctoral research associate at UVM's School of Engineering.

His dissertation, “Structural Influences of Damage to the Intervertebral Disc Anulus Fibrosus at Multiple Scales,” brought together mechanical testing, digital image analysis, and analytical modeling to investigate acute injuries to the intervertebral disc, a leading cause of low back pain. As a reflection of that interest, he holds a pending patent for crosslinked fibrin hydrogels for intervertebral disc anulus repair.

He has experience as a graduate teaching assistant at Clarkson, where he has supported integrated design, intermediate fluid mechanics, and experimental methods in mechanical engineering. He has additional teaching experience from UVM in biomechanics and experimental methods.

Michalek has been a guest lecturer at UVM, and has presented at invited seminars there and at Clarkson. He has co-written many articles for professional journals, and has made many podium presentations at international bioengineering and orthopaedic research conferences.

He has been an ad hoc reviewer for Acta Biomaterialia, the 2010 ASME Summer Bioengineering Conference, ASME Journal of Biomechanical Engineering, Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology, Journal of Biomechanics, Journal of Biomedical Optics, and Journal of Orthopaedic Research.

His honors and awards include serving as a post-doctoral fellow to the National Institutes of Health; the McClure Musculoskeletal Research Award, University of Vermont Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation; and three NASA/Vermont Space Grant Consortium fellowships.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

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