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Laurel Kuxhaus Receives Tenure & Promotion to Associate Professor at Clarkson University

Clarkson University President Tony Collins has announced that Laurel Kuxhaus has been granted tenure and promoted from assistant professor to associate professor of mechanical and aeronautical engineering in the Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering.

Laurel KuxhausTrained as an upper extremity biomechanist, she uses the tools of mechanical engineering to analyze the human body with applications to orthopedics.

Current projects in her laboratory include the development of ex-vivo models to study injuries such as vertebral fractures and ligament injuries, the study of three-dimensional hand grip forces, and the design of a patented intramedullary nail for fracture fixation. Ancillary projects in collaboration with clinicians from Canton-Potsdam Hospital have led to additional publications.

Since coming to Clarkson in 2009, Kuxhaus has coauthored 10 peer-reviewed journal articles, with another four currently accepted for publication. She and her students have presented work at 15 national and international conferences.

Under her co-leadership, four undergraduate senior design groups have been named finalists in the ASME Bioengineering Division’s Undergraduate Design Competition in Rehabilitation and Assistive Devices.

She is a member of the American Society for Biomechanics, the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), the Biomedical Engineering Society and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Two alumni of her laboratory have earned prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships, and two recently received honorable mentions.

Kuxhaus values mentoring in higher education. For the past three years, she has served as chair of the education committee of the Bioengineering Division of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. She has been a member of the education committee since 2009 and organized mentoring workshops for the 2011 and 2012 Summer Bioengineering Conferences. She has received support from the National Science Foundation for undergraduate design projects in rehabilitation and assistive technology device design.

Before coming to Clarkson, Kuxhaus was an adjunct faculty member in the freshman engineering program at the University of Pittsburgh and a postdoctoral researcher at Allegheny General Hospital.

Kuxhaus received her bachelor of science degree in engineering mechanics from Michigan State University, her master of science in mechanical engineering from Cornell University, and her Ph.D. in bioengineering from the University of Pittsburgh. She also holds a bachelor of arts in music from Michigan State University.

Clarkson University educates the leaders of the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as an owner, CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. With its main campus located in Potsdam, N.Y., and additional graduate program and research facilities in the Capital Region and Beacon, New York, Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university with signature areas of academic excellence and research directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through more than 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, education, 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 innovation with enterprise.

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