This year, the Faculty of Engineering and Science is recommending Dutch professor Nico Verdonschot for an honorary doctorate at Aalborg University (AAU). Nico Verdonschot is Professor in Orthopedic Biomechanics at Radboud University Medical Center in the Netherlands. His reputation, however, extends far beyond the Dutch borders, and he is considered one of the most recognized researchers in the world in his field.
Nico Verdonschot takes a cross-disciplinary approach to his research, combining engineering with the medical field and thus achieving original and groundbreaking results. The cross-disciplinary approach to research means that Nico Verdonschot and the AAU Biomechanics group have had many shared interests and have been able to benefit greatly from each other for several years.
In recent years, Nico Verdonschot has established a strong research environment that focuses on computer simulations of implants (hip and knee), prediction of fractures in weakened bones, and musculoskeletal modeling.
A large part of Nico Verdonschots research is based on AnyBody, a software system for musculoskeletal analysis that was originally developed at AAU and that today has resulted in the company AnyBody Technology A/S. Nico Verdonschot has developed an AnyBody model that can predict the results of large-scale operations for bone tumors in the pelvis.
For biomechanics researchers in the Department of Materials and Production, Nico Verdonschot is an important partner. He takes a large share of the credit for the spread of the AnyBody system that today is used across the globe. Also, the partnership with the Dutch professor has resulted in some of the AAU researchers’ most notable publications that have been important for obtaining research funding.
Nico Verdonschot has published close to 300 peer-reviewed scientific articles; he has a Google Scholar h-index of 50; and his publications have been cited more than 8000 times.