Karim Abdel-Malek, PhD

Director, Iowa Technology Institute
Director, Virtual Soldier Research Program
Professor, Roy J. Carver Department of Biomedical Engineering

Karim Abdel-Malek is professor of biomedical engineering at the University of Iowa. He holds appointments in Department of Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering and the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Applied Mathematical and Computational Sciences and serves as director of the University of Iowa Technology Institute. 

An internationally recognized leader in the field of digital human modeling and simulation, he founded and directs the Virtual Soldier Research (VSR) program, which produced the digital human model Santos. Santos is now being used by all branches of the US military and by many industry partners for various research projects and purposes. The VSR team has received international attention and continues to expand into applications in sports, medicine, and manufacturing.

Mission area: Human Modeling and Simulation

Center: Virtual Soldier Research Program

Publications: Google Scholar

Research areas
  • Geometric design
  • Human modeling and simulation
  • Virtual reality
Portrait of Karim Abdel-Malek
PhD, Mechanical Engineering, University of Pennsylvania
MS, Mechanical Engineering, University of Pennsylvania
BS, Mechanical Engineering, University of Jordan
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