Karim Abdel-Malek, PhD

Director, Iowa Technology Institute

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.

Professor Abdel-Malek received a BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Jordan. He later received his MS and PhD in mechanical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.

Mission Area: Human Modeling and Simulation

Center: Virtual Soldier Research Program

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