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Current Affiliation: University of Wisconsin, Madison
Dr. Thelen is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has affiliate faculty appointments in Materials Science and Engineering, the Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation and the Institute on Aging. He earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Michigan State University in 1987, and his MSE and PhD degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan in 1988 and 1992, respectively.
Dr. Thelen’s work involves the development of innovative computational models, novel sensors and dynamic imaging to investigate the structure, mechanics and behavior of musculoskeletal tissues within the human body. He has leveraged advances in these technologies to investigate treatments of a number of physical disabilities, including gait disorders in children, total knee joint replacements and osteoarthritis. His research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and a number of private companies and foundations. Dr. Thelen has been a member of ASB since 1995, and had the pleasure of previously serving as the Program Chair (2010) and President (2014-15) of the society.