UI Engineering alumnus Thaddeus Thomas (BS 2004, MS 2007 biomedical engineering) recently received the Clinical Biomechanics Award at the 34th annual meeting of the American Society of Biomechanics.  Thomas was recognized for outstanding new biomechanics research targeting a contemporary clinical problem. The award is sponsored by Elsevier Science, Ltd., publishers of Clinical Biomechanics, an international multidisciplinary journal of musculoskeletal biomechanics.

Two finalists were selected from the top 10th percentile of over 500 abstracts submitted to the annual meeting of the Society’s annual meeting, who then made competitive podium presentations judged by the ASB Awards Committee. The award consists of an engraved plaque and a check for $1,000.

The ASB was founded in October 1977 by a group of 53 scientists and clinicians, and its first annual meeting was held that year in Iowa City. The ASB mission is to encourage and foster the exchange of information and ideas among biomechanists working in different disciplines and fields of application and to facilitate the development of biomechanics as a basic and applied science.

Thomas is a graduate research assistant in the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, as well as a PhD candidate in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at The University of Iowa. His presentation was entitled “Virtual pre-operative reconstruction planning for comminuted articular fractures,” co-authored by Donald D. Anderson, J. Lawrence Marsh, and Thomas D. Brown (University of Iowa), and by Andrew R. Willis (University of North Carolina at Charlotte).

Also at the annual meeting, Donald Anderson, research associate professor of orthopaedics and rehabilitation, and biomedical engineering, was elected president of the ASB.