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Dr. Kinda Khalaf received her B.S. (Summa Cum Laude with Distinction) and M.S. (Honors) degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. Her Ph.D., also from the Ohio State University, is in Biomechanics/Computational Biomechanics with two minors in Biomaterials, and Dynamic modeling and control. Dr. Khalaf has held faculty appointments in Engineering and Medicine at the University of Miami (Coral Gables, Florida), American University of Beirut (AUB), where she held the first joint appointment between the faculties of Engineering and Medicine, American University of Sharjah (AUS), and most recently Khalifa University of Science, Technology and Research in Abu Dhabi where she serves as associate chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering. Dr. Khalaf is on the list of International Who Is Who of Professionals. She has been awarded the LAMME Scholarship for most outstanding senior, the Woman of Engineering Award for outstanding Academic Achievement multiple times, the Presidential Fellowship Award, the prestigious National Merit Scholar, the University of Miami College of Engineering Teaching Award, and the Khalifa University Faculty Excellence award. She has been conducting research in the areas of Orthopedic Biomechanics, Computational Biomechanics, and Biomedical Devices and Biomaterials. Her research record is reflected in various national and international research grants, collaborations and awards, numerous journal publications, multidisciplinary lectures and conference proceedings. She is also passionate about improving engineering education including the design and implementation of curricular innovative pedagogies and quantitative assessment instruments. She has been invited as keynote speaker to several education conferences and has written several journal articles and book chapters on the subject. Dr. Khalaf is currently the chairperson of the UAE branch of the Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (IEEE, EMBS), a founding member of the IEEE education chapter in the UAE (IEEE EDUCON), a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), American Society of Biomechanics (ASB), American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES), Tau Beta Pi (Honorary Engineering Society), Pi Tau Sigma (Honorary Mechanical Engineering Society), Alpha Eta Mu Beta (Honorary Biomedical Engineering Society), the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), and the International Institute of Women Engineers (IIWE).
My main research interests center on the study of the human neuromusculoskeletal system, particularly focusing on quantitative assessment of human movement and performance, biomechanical modeling, and movement simulation and control.. Teaching interests encompass biomechanics, orthopedic biomechanics, computational biomechanics, soft and hard tissue biomaterials, biological systems modeling, robotics, biomedical devices, technologies, and mechanical design.