Laurel Kuxhaus, an associate professor of Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineering at Clarkson University, has been elected a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). The grade of Fellow is one of high distinction among ASME members, ensuring ASME’s commitment to its vision “to be the essential resource for mechanical engineers and other technical professionals throughout the world for solutions that benefit humankind.” Kuxhaus was nominated for this honor based on her continued dedication to engineering education, scholarly research, and service to the Bioengineering Division of ASME.
As an educator, Kuxhaus mentors students both in the classroom and in the research laboratory. Her research spans the field of orthopaedic biomechanics, including studies of hand function, the mechanics of joints (such as the elbow and the knee) and how tissue injury occurs vertebral fractures, and the design of both orthopaedic implants and assistive devices to improve quality of life for persons with disabilities. She is also the chief technology officer of Adaptable Ortho Innovations, a Potsdam-based medical device company dedicated to providing customizable products that enable device producers, surgeons, hospitals, and surgery centers to synergistically improve patient outcomes, improve both the patient and provider experience, and lower healthcare costs. Her work is frequently presented at the annual Summer Biomechanics, Bioengineering, and Biotransport Conference (SB3C), which is organized by the Bioengineering Division.
Kuxhaus has contributed to the broader bioengineering community through her service to the Bioengineering Division of ASME. She is currently a member of the executive committee of the division. She has previously served as the chair (2013-2016) and vice chair (2012-2013) of the division’s education committee. Under her leadership, the presence of education-related presentations and mentoring workshops at the division’s annual meeting dramatically increased. She has also been a member of the design, dynamics, & rehabilitation committee since 2007, and has chaired numerous conference sessions in this capacity. She also served as information chair for the 2017 SB3C, where she worked with the organizing committee to coordinate and communicate logistical, practical, and programmatic information to over 800 conference attendees. More recently, she led the establishment of the Robert M. Nerem Medal for Education and Mentorship, which will be awarded for the first time in 2018 to a member of the Bioengineering Division who demonstrates an exceptional and sustained commitment to mentoring the next generation of bioengineers.