Marwan El-Rich, PhD

Associate Professor, Structural Engineering

Office: 3-016 Markin/CNRL Natural Resources Engineering Facility
Phone: 780 492 6678
E-mail: elrich@ualberta.ca

Research Interests and Research Currently in Progress

  • Biomechanics of Human Spine
  • Biomedical Prostheses
  • Safety & Crash Applications
  • Spinal Injuries
  • Finite Element Modeling

Education

  • Post-Doc in Spinal Applied Biomechanics (Development of Refined Spinal FE Model for Crash & safety Applications), Laboratory of Applied Biomechanics (LBA-INRETS), Marseille, France, 2006-2008
  • Post-Doc in Orthopaedic Biomechanics (Biomechanics of Spondylolisthesis), Ecole Polytechnique of Montreal/Sainte-Justine Hospital UHC, Montreal, QC, 2005
  • Ph.D. in Biomechanical Engineering, Ecole Polytechnique of Montreal, Montreal, QC, 2000-2005
  • M.Sc. in Applied Mechanics, Ecole Polytechnique of Montreal, Montreal, QC, 1998-2000
  • D.E.A in Soil Mechanics, Ecole Centrale de Paris, Chatenay-Malabry, France, 1997
  • Civil Engineer (Structures), Ecole Polytechnique of Algiers, 1995

Professional Experience

  • Engineer Expert in Biomechanics, Altair Engineering France, 2008-2010
  • Radioss (FE Solver, Explicit and Implicit Approaches) trainer, Altair Engineering France, 2008-2010
  • Under-Graduate Courses Instructor (Mechanics of Deformable Bodies, Static and Dynamic...), Ecole Polytechnique of Montreal, Montreal, QC, 2000-2005
  • Inspection Engineer (Inspection of Machines Anchorage), Private Office, Laval, QC, 1999

Refereed Journals (published)

  1. Roth, S., Oudry, J., El-Rich, M., Shakourzadeh, H., 2009 “Influence of mesh density on a finite element model’s response under dynamic loading” Journal of Biological Physics and Chemistry, 9: 210–219
  2. El-Rich, M., Arnoux, P-J, Wagnac E, Brunet, C., Aubin, C.E., 2009 “Finite Element Investigation of the Loading Rate Effect on the Spinal Load-Sharing Changes under Impact Conditions.” Journal of Biomechanics, 42:1252-62
  3. El-Rich, M., Villemure, I., Labelle, H., Aubin, C.E., 2009 “Finite Element Modeling for the Study of the Isthmic Spondylolisthesis Biomechanics using a Personalized Geometry.” Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering, 12:13-23.
  4. El-Rich, M., Wagnac, E; Arnoux, P.J.; Aubin, C.E. 2008 “Detailed modelling of the lumbar spine for trauma applications: preliminary results” Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering, 11: Supplement 1, 93 – 94
  5. El-Rich M, Aubin CE, Villemure I, Labelle H., 2006 “A biomechanical study of L5-S1 low-grade isthmic spondylolisthesis using a personalized finite element model”. Stud Health Techno Inform. 123:431-4.
  6. El-Rich, M., Shirazi-Adl, A, 2005 “Effect of load position on muscle forces, internal loads and stability of the human spine in upright postures. Computed Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering, 8(6): 359–368, Cited in the STAR review (NASA’s Scientific and Technical Aerospace Reports, 44, 2006).
  7. Shirazi-Adl, A., El-Rich, M., Pop, D., Parnianpour, M., 2005 “Spinal Muscle Forces, Internal Loads and Stability in Standing under Various Postures and Loads –Application of Kinematics-Based Algorithm”, European Spine Journal, 14(4): 381-92.
  8. El-Rich, M., Shirazi-Adl, A., Arjmand, N. 2004 “Muscle Activity, Internal Loads and Stability of the Humain Spine in Standing Postures: Combined Model-In vivo Studies”, Spine, 29 (23), 2633-2642, Cited in the STAR review (NASA’s Scientific and Technical Aerospace Reports, 44, 2006).
  9. Shirazi-Adl, A., Sadouk, S., Parnianpour, M., Pop, D., El-Rich, M. 2002 “Muscle Force Evaluation and Role of Posture in Human Lumbar Spine under Compression.” European Spine journal, 11(6), 519-526.

Refereed Journals (Submitted/Prepared Articles)

  1. Wagnac, E., Arnoux, P-J., Garo, A., El-Rich, M., Aubin, C-E., (September 2010) “Hyperelastic Material Properties of the Human Lumbar Intervertebral Disc under Dynamic Compressive Loads” (submitted to Journal of Biomechanics)

Refereed Conference Papers

  1. El-Rich, M., Aubin, C.E., Villemure, I., Labelle, H. (June 2006) “A biomechanical study of L5-S1 low-grade isthmic spondylolisthesis using a personalized finite element model”, 6th Biennial Meeting of the International Research Society of Spinal Deformities, Ghent, Belgium.
  2. El-Rich, M., Aubin, C.E., Villemure, I., Labelle, H. (March 2006) “Finite Element Model for the Study of Spondylolisthesis Biomechanics: Preliminary Results”, 7th International Symposium on Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering, Antibes, Côte d’Azur, France.
  3. El-Rich, M., Shirazi-adl, A. (2003) “On the stability analysis of the human spine” Advances in Bioengineering, IMECE-BED, Washington D.C.
  4. Shirazi-Adl, A., El-Rich, M., Parnianpour, M. (2003) “Evaluation of Trunk Muscle Forces and Internal Loads Using Kinematics-based Modeling”, Proceedings of the IASTED International Conference in Biomedical Engineering, Ed. MH Hamza, pp. 114-119, Salzburg.
  5. Shirazi-Adl, A., El-Rich, M., Pop, D., Parnianpour, M. (2002) “Computation of trunk muscle forces and internal spinal loads at standing postures”, Proceedings of IMECE2002, IMECE2002-32610, pp 1-2, New Orleans
  6. Bouzid, A., Derenne, M., El-Rich, M. (1999) “Effect of Flange Rotation on the leakage Behaviour of Bolted Flanged Joints”, Welding Research Council Bulletin.
  7. El-Rich, M., Bouzid, A., Derenne, M. (1999) “On the Effective Gasket Width and the Contact Stress in Bolted Gasketed joints.” Proceeding of the 1st International Conference on Sealing Technology and Plant Leakage Reduction. Charlotte, North Carolina, pp. 1-17.
  8. Bouzid, A., Derenne, M., El-Rich, M. (1999) “Effect of Flange Rotation on the Leakage Performance of Bolted Flanged Joints.” Final Report, Project 98-05, Pressure and Vessel Research Council, Committee on Bolted Flange Connections, N.Y., pp. 1-30.
  9. Conference Presentation with Referred Abstracts
  10. Roth, S, Oudry, J, El-Rich, M, Shakourzadeh, H (July 2009) “Influence of Mesh Density on a finite element model’s Response under Dynamic Loading” SimBio-M, Juan les Pins, France.
  11. El-Rich, M., Arnoux, P.J, Aubin, C.E., Villemure, I., Brunet, C. (October 2007) “Advanced Modeling of Lumbar Motion Segment for Trauma Applications”, 1st European Hyperworks Technology Conference, Berlin, Germany
  12. El-Rich, M., Aubin, C.E., Villemure, I., Labelle, H. (July 2006) “A biomechanical study of low-grade isthmic spondylolisthesis using a personalized finite element model”, 5th World Congress of Biomechanics, Munich, Germany
  13. El-Rich, M., Aubin, C.E., Villemure, I., Labelle, H. (April 2006) “FEM for the study of spondylolisthesis: Preliminary Results”, Spinal Deformity Study Group Congress. Chicago, USA
  14. El-Rich, M., Aubin, C.E., Villemure, I., Labelle, H. (2005) “Finite element model for the study of isthmic spondylolisthesis pathomechanisms.”, Congrès annuel de la Société de Scoliose de Québec, Bromont, QC, Canada.
  15. El-Rich, M., Shirazi-Adl, A. (2005) “Sensitivity of Trunk Model Predictions to Changes in Load Position in Upright Postures- Effects on Muscle Forces, Internal Loads and Stability.”, 20th Canadian Congress of Applied Mechanics (CANCAM ), Montreal, QC, Canada.
  16. Shirazi-Adl, D. Pop, M. El-Rich, M. Parnianpour (2002) “Determination of spinal muscle forces and internal loads using a novel approach.”, 29th Annual Meeting of the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine, Abstracts, p. 223, Cleveland, OH, USA
  17. Shirazi-Adl, A., Pop, D., El-Rich, M., Parnianpour, M. (2002) “Evaluation of Forces in Spinal Muscles during Standing Postures.”, Transactions of the Orthopedic Research Society, Dallas.
  18. Shirazi-Adl, A., El-Rich, M., Pop, D., Parnianpour, M. (2001) “Evaluation of Muscle Forces in a Synergistic Lumbar Spine using Kinematics-Based Approach and Optimization.”, Advances in Bioengineering, IMECE-BED, New York.

Posters

  1. El-Rich, M., Shirazi-Adl, A., Arjmand, N. (2004) “On Load Partitioning and Stability of Human Spine in Upright Postures – Combined Model-In vivo Investigations.”, 5th Combined Meeting of ORS of the Canada, U.S.A., Japan and Europe, Banff, Alberta, Canada.
  2. El-Rich, M., Shirazi-Adl, A. (2003) “Evaluation of trunk muscle forces and internal loads using kinematics-based modelling.”, Joint CCTC & CIHR Skeletal Health Training Conference, Montreal, Canada.
  3. Shirazi-Adl, A., El-Rich, M., Parnianpour, M. (2003) “Role Load, Posture and Coactivity on Muscle Forces and Stability in Human Spine”, Abstracts, ISSLS, No.171, Vancouver.
  4. El-Rich M., Arnoux P.J., Aubin C.E., Brunet C. (2007) “Modèle éléments finis raffiné et détaillé de l’unité fonctionnelle lombaire L2-L3 pour des applications d’accidentologie”, 89ème congrès de l’association des morphologistes, France, Juin 2007.