Mike W. J. Arun, PhD

Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery


Dr. Arun is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He is also an adjunct faculty in the Department of Civil Engineering at the Marquette University. He graduated with a PhD in Mechanical Engineering (Biomechanics) from Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi. Dr. Arun’s research activity is related to the development and usage of computational models in impact biomechanics problems.

Most of his recent research deals with using whole body finite element (FE) models (GHBMC, THUMS), and whole vehicle models to delineate injury mechanisms in automotive crashes. His research interest also includes developing experiments to verify and validate vehicle structures, and component-level human body finite element models.

Currently, one of his main focuses is to develop a three dimensional FE whole spine model with an ability to vary posture and material properties, utilizing advanced automated meshing techniques – with an easy to use graphical user interface (GUI). This effort would aid to evaluate the biomechanical response of the patient-specific FE spine model, and/or, to evaluate corrective treatments notably for scoliotic, osteoporotic or metastatic patients. In addition, the variable spine model will have the ability to include artificial discs to ensure low stress and strain levels within the range of physiological loads and motions, in an effort to assist health providers to choose appropriate artificial disc optimized for patient-specific spine.

Mike W. J. Arun, PhD
Mike W. J. Arun, PhD

Mailing Address

Medical College of Wisconsin
Department of Neurosurgery
8701 Watertown Plank Road
Milwaukee, WI 53226

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, India (2014)
  • Post-Doctoral Fellow, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI (2014 – 2015)

Awards & Honors

  • 01/01/2009 – 10/01/2012 – Institute scholarship, IIT Delhi
  • 01/01/2009 – 10/01/2012 – Volvo foundation research scholarship

Primary Research Areas

  • Clinical biomechanics
  • Injury biomechanics
  • Advanced computational modeling