Malte Asseln received his Dipl.-Ing. degree in Mechanical Engineering (2012) with a specialization in Medical Technology from RWTH Aachen University (Germany). In the following, he pursued a doctorate at the same university in the Biomechanics group at the Chair of Medical Engineering, which he headed in the end until completing his doctorate (2018) with honors ('summa cum laude') as Dr.-Ing. (supervisor: Prof. Klaus Radermacher).
As part of a scholarship, he conducted a Research Visit of several months in the group of Implant Design within the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at NYU Langone Health in New York (USA) (supervisors: Prof. Peter Walker, Dr. Patrick Meere).
Subsequently, he worked as the Head of Medical Devices at BGW in Köln (Germany) on the safety of medical devices, where he was an active member of several standardization committees. Simultaneously, he worked part-time at RWTH University Hospital Aachen in the Orthopedic Department on joint biomechanics. Later, he joined the Research Department of Ottobock in Duderstadt in Göttingen (Germany) as a Research Engineer, contributing to the development of smart exoprostheses. During his career, he continued to work in both positions as a technical consultant to share his expertise.
Since 2022, Malte is appointed Assistant Professor in the group Biomedical Device Design & Production at the University of Twente in Enschede.
His research focuses on understanding the interaction between the musculoskeletal system and (orthopedic) medical devices. The aim is to leverage this knowledge for the development of innovative, personalized technical concepts and solutions in the field of implants, prostheses, and orthoses.
He was awarded the prestigious and highly remunerated Klee Prize by the German Society of Biomedical Engineering for his doctorate (2019), has been selected for the Young Professional Program of the VDI (2022), received further scholarships, such as from the German Society of Biomechanics, and prizes from the Computer Assisted Orthopedic Surgery Society. The work of Malte, his co-workers, and students is frequently presented at (inter)national conferences and occasionally awarded prizes. He is a (co-) applicant and project manager of several awarded research projects from public funds and the orthopedic industry.
Malte is actively engaged in the Bachelor and Master teaching programs of Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Technical Medicine, and Industrial Design Engineering at the University of Twente. His dedication to knowledge transfer is evident in his supervision of over 40 bachelor and master students.
Fields of interest and expertise: musculoskeletal system; personalized and smart implants, prostheses, and orthoses; design and manufacturing of orthopedic devices; biomechanical modeling; multibody simulation; finite element analysis; model-based surgical planning; medical regulatory framework; biomechanics; ergonomics.