Ellen Arruda, Maria Comninou Collegiate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Tim Manganello/BorgWarner Department Chair of Mechanical Engineering, has been awarded the Borelli Award from the American Society of Biomechanics (ASB).
According to ASB’s website, “The Borelli Award, the most prestigious honor given by the ASB, recognizes outstanding career accomplishment and is awarded annually to an investigator who has conducted exemplary research in any area of biomechanics.”
Dr. Arruda is a renowned scholar in the areas of theoretical and experimental mechanics of macromolecular materials, including polymers, elastomers, composites, soft tissues and proteins, and in tissue engineering of soft tissues and tissue interfaces. In recent years, her research has led, especially, to the development of a new helmet technology that is capable of dissipating a significant portion of kinetic energy that travels through the head after impact before that energy reaches the brain.
“I am delighted to receive the ASB Borelli Award and sincerely thank the American Society of Biomechanics for this recognition. I must also thank James Ashton-Miller, who nominated me and is himself a previous Borelli Award recipient,” Dr. Arruda said. “The remarkable advances that have been made in recent years to better understand the mechanics of the soft tissues in the body are helping to protect humans in a range of risky situations. I look forward to the ways that the field of biomechanics will continue to improve and promote safety through scholarship.”