Adam Arabian

Adam Arabian, Ph.D., P.E.

Managing Engineer
Mechanical Engineering
Bellevue
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Dr. Arabian advises clients using his broad background in research and development, medical devices, mechanical systems failure and analysis, intellectual property assessment, marine systems, biomechanics, government and defense technology, and interdisciplinary leadership and management consulting. He has global experience developing technologies and responding to system failures in harsh physical environments and holds 12 patents in fields ranging from hydraulic components to prosthetic devices to aerosol science. His publications include topics such as human movement and kinematics, aerosol particle dynamics, and renewable energy systems. Dr. Arabian integrates both human and technical assessment to diagnose root cause and recommend proactive strategies to prevent future issues. Leveraging a combination of theoretical and experimental tools he helps clients understand both the scientific basis for adverse events and paths forward for response. His breadth positions him to tackle complex scenarios that cross the boundaries of traditional disciplines and require understanding of both technology and human elements of design, manufacturing, failure analysis, and organizational management and change.

Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Arabian was employed at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory doing design and operational analysis on systems for the U.S. Navy, developing and deploying sensor systems for chemical and biological agent detection, and serving as lead engineer for a DARPA funded prosthetics program. He then spent three years directing product engineering for a prosthetics company guiding devices from initial concept to manufacturing transition and subsequently spent 10 years as a design, analysis, and management consultant while concurrently serving as tenured professor and chair of the Mechanical Engineering department at Seattle Pacific University. He also served as CTO of Refugee Open Ware, a social impact investment firm focused on technologies addressing the needs of civilians in global conflict regions. He is a veteran of the U.S. Navy reserve, having served 7 years as a reserve Engineering Duty Officer with primary duties of vessel operation, maintenance, and drydocking operations.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Louisville, 2008
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Michigan State University, 2000
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University, 1998

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Licensed Professional Mechanical Engineer, Washington, #45429

ASME/ABET Mechanical Engineering Program Evaluator (PEV)

PADI Open Water Diver, #20060V5986

Publications

Group Exhibition, The Future Starts Here – 100 Objects Shaping the World of Tomorrow, Prosthetic Hand, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK, Arabian A, in collaboration with Awad L; Canning T; Hasna A, DeBlasse K., 2018

Oertelt N, Arabian A, Christian Brugger E, Chorost M, Farahany N, Payne P, Rosellini W. "Human by Design: An Ethical Framework for Human Augmentation." IEEE Technology and Society 36:1 2017

De Jesus Lima, E; Sanca A, and Arabian A. "Development of a 3D Printed Prosthetic Myoelectric Hand Driven by DC Actuators." Proceedings of SBAI 2017. 2017.

Arabian A, Varotsis D; McDonnel C; Meeks E. "Global Social Acceptance of Prosthetic Devices." Proceedings of the IEEE Global Humanitarian and Technology Conference. 2016.

Gacioch, J., Fite, K., Arabian, A., Kobayashi, T., Boone, D., Orendurff, M. An Architecture for Direct Measurement of Transfemoral Prosthesis Gait Beyond the Gait Laboratory Setting. Proceedings of the ASME Dynamic Systems Control Conference, 2014

Clayton, H.,Merritt, J., Van den Bogert, A. Jonquiera, F., Arabian, A. Modeling, simulation and animation. Equine Locomotion. Ed. Back, W. (Wim); Hilary Clayton. 2nd. Philadelphia: Saunders, 2013. 414-440.

Kobayashi T; Arabian A; Orendurff M; Rosenbaum-Chou T; Boone D. Effect of alignment changes on socket reaction moments while walking in transtibial prostheses with energy storage and return feet. Clinical Biomechanics 20: 47-56, 2014

Boone, D., Kobayashi, T., Chou, T., Arabian, A., Coleman, K., Orendurff, M., Zhang, M. Influence of malalignment on socket reaction moments during gait in amputees with transtibial prostheses. Gait & Posture,37(4):620-6, 2013

Boone, D., Kobayashi, T., Chou, T., Arabian, A., Coleman, K., Orendurff, M., Zhang, M. Effect of Transtibial Prosthetic Malalignment on Socket Reaction Moments. Proceedings of the 38th Annual AAOP Symposium, 2012

Arabian, A., Brehob, E. Optimization of Aerosol Sensor Placement in Common Ventilation Ductwork. International Journal of Ventilation; 9(3):249-260, 2010

Arabian, A. Synergy in Green Power Production Methods and Siting, International Journal of Green Energy 2 143-152, 2010

Presentations

Arabian, A., Schull, J., Bastian, A., Flood, F., Owen, I., Zuniga, J. e-NABLE: Collaborative Innovation Of, By, and For the Global Village, Poster Presentation at the IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (IEEE-GHTC), October, 2014, Seattle, WA

Nelson, C., and Arabian, A.K. Low Cost Backpack Portable Robot System for Mine and UXO Detection and Identification, Poster Presentation at the International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE) Conference, April 2002, Orlando, FL

Patents

US Patent 110900172: Hydraulic Valve, (R. Geiger, D. Kraige, J. Frank, J. Loverich, B. Macomber, A. Arabian)

US Patent 9345590: Equilibrium Socket System (A. Arabian, D. Boone)

US Patent 10314724: Prosthetic Hydraulic Joint with Accumulator and Methods for Controlling Unit (A. Arabian, D. Boone, B. Macomber, T. Butel, R. Lane)

US Patent 9993355: Hydraulic Valve (R. Geiger, D. Kraige, J. Frank, J. Loverich, B. Macomber, A. Arabian)

US Patent 9241812: Control System for Prosthesis (J. Martin, P. Chaubey, D. Boone, M. Kozlowski, A. Arabian)

US Patent 7830515: Method and Apparatus for Detection of BioAerosols (C. Schein, P. Cutchiss, A. Arabian, H. Ko, J. Sample, G. Murray, J. Nix, M. Carlson, M. McLoughlin)

US Patent 69757592: Reservoir for Use with Sampling Interface for a Vehicle (W. Stermberger, M. Carlson, A. Arabian)

US Patent 7185550: Time-Domain Resolving Chemical Sampler Using Sorbent Material (H. Kues, A. Arabian)

US Patent 71959474: Modular Sampling Device (C. Kerechanin, A. Arabian, S. Harshbarger)

US Patent 7494769: Method and Apparatus for the Detection of BioAerosols (C. Schein, P. Cutchiss, A. Arabian, H. Ko, J. Sample, G. Murray, J. Nix, M. Carlson, M. McLoughlin)

US Patent 7458248: Apparatus and Method to Detect Genuine or Hoax Contaminants (A. Arabian, M. Carlson, M. McLoughlin)

US Patent 7205497: Apparatus and Method for Automated Parcel Screening (S. Harshbarger, C. Nowicki, A. Arabian, M. Carlson, M. McLoughlin)

Prior Experience

Principal, Helios Engineering and Analysis, 2012-2021

CTO, Refugee Open Ware, 2014-2019

Director of Product Engineering, Orthocare Innovations, 2009-2012

Engineer, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab, 2000-2009

Officer, United States Navy (Reserve Component) 2005-2012

Academic Appointments

Associate Professor and Chair, Mechanical and General Engineering, Seattle Pacific University, 2017-2020

Assistant Professor and Coordinator, General Engineering, Seattle Pacific University, 2012-2017

Professional Affiliations

American Society of Mechanical Engineers

International Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers

Project Experience

Consumer product testing

Plumbing system evaluation

Additional Information

Additional Education Training

Certificate in Anti-Submarine Warfare, Naval Postgraduate School, 2009

Advanced Certificate for Post Masters Study in Applied Biomedical Engineering, The Johns Hopkins University, 2003

Advisory Appointments

Member, DoD CDMRP Grant Review Panel, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019

Member NIH MRS Grant Review Panel, 2013

Editorships and Editorial Review Boards

Prosthetics and Orthotics International, Associate Editor, 2021

Research Grants

ABLE Kids – Advanced Biofidelic Lower Extremity Kids Prosthesis (2010). US Department of Health and Human Services SBIR Phase 1, $183,233

ABLE Kids II – Advanced Biofidelic Lower Extremity Kids Prosthesis (2012). US Department of Health and Human Services SBIR Phase 2, $1,216,500

Peer Reviewer

Journal of Prosthetics and Orthotics

Prosthetics and Orthotics International

International Journal of Science and Engineering Technology Education

Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Louisville, 2008
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Michigan State University, 2000
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University, 1998

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Licensed Professional Mechanical Engineer, Washington, #45429

ASME/ABET Mechanical Engineering Program Evaluator (PEV)

PADI Open Water Diver, #20060V5986