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Farid Amirouche
Professor, Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
Professor, Department of Bioengineering
College of Engineering

Professor Amirouche joined UIC after completing his doctorate at the University of Cincinnati in 1984. Sine then, he has gained national recognition for research in mechanical systems dynamics. Today, he is widely recognized for his work with flexible multi-body systems. His research concepts and inventions give drivers a solution to fatigue and chronic back pain, and aid doctors and patients in total knee replacement surgery and faster recovery.

Amirouche has also used his work to minimize traffic congestion. In 2002, UIC and the University of California at Berkeley were awarded $300,000 to investigate dedicated routes for automated vehicles, a solution for clearing Chicago’s congested roads. Amirouche conducted UIC’s portion of the yearlong study, including running an automated bus circulator system to serve the Chicago loop and examining freight interchanges using automated trucks to transfer containers between connections.

Professor Amirouche is the author of four books and has recently contracted with McGraw-Hill to write a fifth, “Fundamentals of Biomechanics,” to be published in 2007. He also has written more than 50 articles in peer-reviewed journals and submitted more than 120 technical conference papers. Amirouche serves as contributor to McGraw-Hill’s most popular dynamics book on the market, “Vector Mechanics for Engineers: Dynamics,” and serves onteh Golf Digest Scientific Advisory Board, where he evaluates the design of golf clubs and balls from several manufacturers.

In addition to his work at UIC, Amirouche recently founded his own company, Ortho Sensing Technology. Years of research in orthopedic biomechanics and his work with the College of Medicine orthopedics department have proven to be a successful combination for Amirouche. In 2004, his company received more than $500,000 from Depuy Orthopedics, a Johnson & Johnson Division, to develop a wireless total knee repair device for balancing of the soft tissue during arthroplasty.

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