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Donald L. Russell

Professor, Mechanical & Aerospace Eng.; Associate Dean, Academic - Planning and Policy, Faculty of Engineering and Design

Degrees:B.Eng., T.U.N.S; S.M., Ph.D., (M.I.T.)
Office:3091 MC

Research Interests:

  • Design and Control of Advanced Prosthetic Arms
  • Control and Dynamics of Artificial Hearts and Ventricular Assist Devices
  • Biomechanics of Musculoskeletal Injury in Skilled Musicians
  • Modelling of Interacting Dynamic Systems


Dynamics of mechanical systems; biomechanics; interaction between mecahical and biological systems; prosthetic limbs; biomechanics of piano playing and related injuries; cardiovascular system dynamics; ventricular assist devices; patient simulators.


Improved design of prosthetic limbs. Charactrerization of abdominal palpation. Evaluating the relationship between piano technique and the occurance of piano playing related injuries.


President, Canadian Medical and Biological Engineering Society

Journal Articles

C. English, and D. Russell (2008), “Representations of Multi-Joint Stiffness for Prosthetic Limb Design,” Mechanism and Machine Theory 43(3): 297-309.