Dr. Kinda Khalaf

Dr. Kinda Khalaf

Dr. Kinda Associate Professor and Associate Chair, Department of Biomedical Engineering

Address: P.O. Box 127788, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Telephone: +971-(0)2-4018107

Fax: +971-(0)2-4472442


Prior to joining Khalifa University, Dr. Khalaf held faculty appointments in Engineering and Medicine at the University of Miami(USA),American University of Beirut (LEB), where she held the first joint appointment between the faculties of Engineering and Medicine, and the American University of Sharjah (UAE). 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.

Dr. Khalaf has been conducting research in the areas of Orthopedic Biomechanics, Computational Biomechanics, and Biomedical Devices and Biomaterials. She has also co-established an interdisciplinary education research group at Khalifa University focusing on implementing curricular innovative pedagogies and the design of quantitative assessment instruments in engineering education. Her research record is reflected in various national and international research grants, collaborations and awards, numerous journal publications, multidisciplinary lectures and conference proceedings.

Dr. Khalaf is currently the secretary 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).

  • Ph.D., Bioengineering, The Ohio State University (USA)
  • M.Sc., Mechanical Engineering, The Ohio State University (USA)
  • B.Sc., Mechanical Engineering, The Ohio State University (USA) 
  • Bioengineering (Biomechanics, Biomaterials, Biomedical Instrumentation)
  • Biomechanics
  • Computational Biomechanics
  • Biomaterials
  • Human Movement and Control 


  • Khalaf K., Balawi, S., and Hitt, G. (2012). Engineering Design Education, When, What, and How. American Engineering Education. 4(6): 210-224.
  • Khalaf K., Balawi, S., and Hitt, G. (2012). Engineering Design Education: Towards Design Thinking. International Journal of Engineering Pedagogy. 3: 166-189.
  • Khalaf K. and Hemami H. (2011). Perspective on studies of human movement. IEEE Journal of Mechanics in Medicine and Biology, 3(2): 63-85.
  • Qaddoumi N., Al-Nashash H., and Khalaf K. (2011) Assessment of Bone Fracture Healing Using Pulsed Mode Ultrasound. Technology and Health Care. 1(2): 120-138.
  • Saghieh, S., Khoury., Tawil A., Khalaf K., Karim Z., Masrouhaa, K., Musallamd M. (2010). The impact of Zoledronic acid on regenerate and native bone after consolidation and removal of the external fixator: An animal model study. Bone. 46(2): 363-368.
  • Rashedi E., Khalaf K.,Nassajian M.,Nasseroleslami B., and Parnianpour M (2010). How does CNS address the kinetic redundancy in lumbar spine? 3 Dimensional Isometric exertions with 18 Hill muscle fascicles at L4/L5 Level. Journal of Engineering in Medicine. 224 (3): 487-501.
  • Khalaf K. (2006) Optimization-based simulation of manual lifting using multiple performance criteria. Modeling and Simulation. 5(4): 390-402.
  • Khalaf K.A., Parnianpour M., Karakostas T.A. (2003). Three-dimensional Surface representation of the knee and hip joint torque capacity. Biomed. Eng. App. Basis & Comm. 19(2): 53-65.
  • Khalaf K.A., Parnianpour M. (2002). Three-dimensional Surface representation of the shoulder and elbow joint torque capacity. Biomed. Eng. App.Basis & Comm. 19(2): 79-91.
  • Khalaf K.A., Parnianpour M., Karakostas T.A. (2001). Normative surface response database of isokinetic ankle joint strength: towards the evaluation of dynamic human performance. J. App. Biomech. 3(6): 22-36.
  • Khalaf K.A, Parnianpour M. (2000). Normative surface response database of isokinetic upper- extremity joint strength: towards the evaluation of dynamic human performance. J. Occup. Rehab. 5(6): 102-116.
  • Khalaf K.A., Parnianpour M., Sparto P.J., Barin K (1999). The determination of the effect of lift characteristics on dynamic performance profiles during manual material handling (MMH) tasks. Ergonomics. 42(1), 126-145.
  • Khalaf K.A., Parnianpour M. (1999). Biomechanical simulation of manual multi-link sagittal lifting: an investigation of strength, range of motion, and stability constraints. IEEE Trans. Rehab. Engng. 7(3): 278-288.
  • Taha Z., Brown R., Wright D., Khalaf K. A., Parnianpour M., Sparto P. (1998). Correlation and Prediction of joint torques from joint motion using neural networks. Medical Engineering and Physics. 28(2): 540-548.
  • Khalaf K.A., Parnianpour M., and Sparto P.J. (1997). Modeling of functional trunk performance: Interfacing ergonomics and spine rehabilitation in response to the ADA. J. of Rehab. Res. and Develop. 34(4): 459-469.
  • Sparto P.J., Parnianpour M., and Khalaf K.A., (1995). The reliability and validity of a lift simulator and its functional equivalence with free weight lifting tasks. IEEE Trans. Rehab. Engng. 3(2), 155-165.
  • Khalaf K.A. and Berme N. (1992). On the effects of the Anterior Cruciate Ligament initial tension on the kinematics of the human knee. IEEE Trans. Bio.Engng. 39(6): 540-552