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Faculty and Staff / Donald Russell

Donald Russell

Professor; Associate Dean, Governance, Faculty of Engineering and Design
    Phone:613-520-2600, ext. 8111
    Building:Canal Building, Room 4307
    Degrees:B.Eng., T.U.N.S; S.M., Ph.D., (M.I.T.)


    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.