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Mechanical engineering researcher and educator

Erik Karl Antonsson, American mechanical engineering researcher and educator. Achievements include 8 patents. Recipient Faculty Development award International Business Machines Corporation, 1985, Presidential Young Investigator award National Science Foundation, 1986, Richard P. Feynman prize, 1995.


Antonsson, Erik Karl was born on August 9, 1954 in Milwaukee. Son of Arvid L. and Ruth Antonsson.


Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Cornell University, 1976. Doctor of Philosophy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1982.


Assistant professor University Utah, Salt Lake City, 1983. Assistant professor orthopedics Harvard University Medical School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1984. Technical director Gait Laboratory, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, 1984.

Assistant professor mechanical engineering California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, 1984-1990, associate professor, 1990—1997, professor, since 1997, executive officer mechanical engineering department, 1998—2002. Chief technologist National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, 2002—2006.


  • Achievements include 8 patents.


Fellow American Society of Mechanical Engineers (associate editor Journal Mechanical Design 1989-1993), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.


Married Barbara A. Bettick, March 2, 1985.

Arvid L.

Ruth Antonsson

Barbara A. Bettick