Dr. Marwan El Rich
Dr. Marwan El Rich Associate Professor
Teaching Areas
Research Interests

Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Dr. Marwan El-Rich joined Khalifa University in Summer 2016. He worked at the University of Alberta in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering from 2010 to 2016. He was also an adjunct professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the same university. Dr. El-Rich worked as an engineer expert in Biomechanics for two years at Altair Engineering France after completing two years of postdoctoral fellowship at the Laboratory of Impact Biomechanics (LBA-INRETS) in Marseille (France). Dr. El-Rich was awarded a PDF scholarship from the Government of Quebec (Canada). He is a professional engineer (P.Eng.) and member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA), the European Society of Biomechanics, and the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE).

Dr. El-Rich's main research is Computational Biomechanics of the Human Musculoskeletal System with particular interest in Human Spine Modeling. He worked on a variety of projects including but not limited to determination of load-sharing in the lumbar and cervical spine under various loading conditions using Finite Element and Musculoskeletal models, development of a generic prosthetic talus, physical demands analysis of manufacturing operations etc. Prof. Marwan is working on a variety of projects in collaboration with Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi and Abu Dhabi Police. The aim of Dr. El-Rich’s research is to attract the clinical and industrial communities to establish collaborations and provide partial or full financial and in-kind support to train both undergraduate and graduate students in a unique learning environment supported by multidisciplinary collaboration that would benefit and unite students from various backgrounds, including biomedical and mechanical engineering, computer science, and medicine.

Since he started his academic career, Dr. El-Rich has supervised two post-docs, seven Ph.D., four M.Sc. and five M.Eng. students in Mechanical and Civil Engineering. He is currently the advisor of one M.Sc. and one Post-doc fellow. Dr. El-Rich is an Associate Editor for Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology journal (section Biomechanics) and a reviewer for many scientific journals. He has been recognized several times for his excellence in teaching.

  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering (Biomechanics), Polytechnic Montreal (Canada), 2005
  • MSc, Mechanical Engineering, Polytechnic Montreal (Canada), 2000
  • B.Sc., Civil Engineering, Polytechnic Algiers (Algeria), 1995
Teaching Areas
  • Statics
  • Engineering Dynamics
  • Mechanics of Solids
  • Finite Element Analysis
  • Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering (Computational Biomechanics)
  • Selected Topics in Mechanical Engineering (Computational Biomechanics)
Research Interests
  • Biomechanics
  • Design & manufacturing
  • Materials science
  • Personalized cervical and lumbar spine load and load-sharing
  • Development of generic implants
  • Development of smart devices for tele-rehabilitation and posture control