Mary Arico

Interim Director, NASA CT Space Grant Consortium; Assistant Professor

Civil, Environmental, and Biomedical Engineering

College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture
860.768.4681 UT 302J
Education

PhD, University of California-Davis

BSBE, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute


Mary C. Arico, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in Biomedical Engineering in the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture. Her research interests include biomechanics and prosthetic design, specifically sustainable design for developing countries. Arico is also the Interim Director of the Connecticut Space Grant Consortium. 

She is the founder of Mad About Science, a STEM immersion summer program for middle school girls, and has been involved in a number of K-12 outreach programs whose goal is to encourage girls/women to follow a path toward STEM careers. 

Experience

Research Experience

  • Researcher, 2014 – Present
    • Mandell Center for Multiple Sclerosis, Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital, Hartford, CT
    • Perform research activities related to gait analysis and biomechanical data collection, as a volunteer in the research team.
  • Graduate Researcher, 2005 – 2009
    • Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of California at Davis, Davis, California
    • Performed research in biomedical engineering for the Advanced Highway Maintenance and Construction Technology group.
  • Research and Testing Co-op, 2004
    • DePuy Spine, Raynham, Massachusetts
    • Designed and developed testing procedures for evaluation of spinal implants, performed material testing studies, assisted in the research and development of new products, including the Charité® Artificial Disc.
  • Biomechanics Research Internship, 2002
    • Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio
    • Performed research in the biomechanics lab of the Biomedical Engineering Department; evaluated energy consumption in gait with and without real-time visual feedback; also assisted in data collection and analysis on numerous other projects.  Part of Research Experience for Undergraduate program, funded by the National Science Foundation.

Service

  • Service to the Profession
    • Connecticut Space Grant Consortium, Associate Director, 2011 – Present
    • Assist with SG Consortium activities, award grants, maintain 5-year grant of approximately $660,000 per year.
  • Service to the University
    • Academic Standings Committee, University of Hartford (April 2009 – present)
    • BEACON Member, University of Hartford Representative (May 2012 – present)
    • Wellness Committee, University of Hartford (August 2011 – present)
    • TutorZone, CETA, University of Hartford (2011 – present)
    • SWE Student Club Advisor, University of Hartford (2011 – present)
    • BMES Student Club Advisor, University of Hartford (2011 – present)
    • Faculty Search Committee
      • Acoustics faculty search, CETA (Fall 2012)
      • MSPO faculty search, ENHP (Spring 2012)
      • ENHP faculty search (Spring 2010)
    •  Connecticut Public Health Policy Institute, Advisory Board, University of Hartford (2009 – 2010)
    • Women In Science, Engineering, & Technology (WISET) Associate, University of Hartford (2009 – 2011)

Professional Affiliations

  • American Society of Biomechanics
  • American Society for Engineering Education
  • Society of Women Engineers
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers

Research, Grants, Fellowships, and Honors

Research Interests

  • Impact biomechanics
  • Ergonomics
  • Prosthetics

Grants and Fellowships

  • LIMBS International – Prosthetic Foot
    • Work with LIMBS International, and on development of an inexpensive, sustainable, energy-storing prosthetic foot to be built and utilized in developing nations. Awarded $5,000 project grant (AY 2012-2013)
  • Mad About Science – STEM Immersion Program for Middle School Girls
    • Develop and implement a summer STEM immersion program to get middle school girls excited about STEM fields and careers.
  • Awarded $10,000 project grant (2010) from WELFund
  • Awarded $10,000 project grant (2012) from WELFund

Honors

  • Selected to be a member of the 2012-2013 Laura Johnson Initiative for Women Leaders

Journal Articles and Conference Proceedings

Journal Articles

  • Wong, J.M., Arico, M.C., Ravani, B., 2011.  Factors influencing injury severity to highway workers in work zone intrusion accidents.  Traffic Inj Prev 12(1):31-8.
  • Davis, B.L., Ortolano, M.C., Richards, C., Redhed, J., Kuznicki, J, and Sahgal, V., 2004.  Real-time visual feedback diminishes energy consumption of amputee subjects during treadmill locomotion.  Journal of Prosthetics & Orthotics, Vol 16:2, pp. 49-54

 Faculty advisor for student papers.

Conference Proceedings

  • M. C. Arico, “Testing and redesign of a sustainable prosthetic foot,” presented at the LIMS Summit, El Paso, TX, 2013
  • J. Amin, M.C. Arico, “Design of a portable method to measure the force of a punch,” presented at the Northeast Bioengineering Conference, Syracuse, NY 2013
  • R. Vas, T. Wade, C. Wilson, M.C. Arico†, “Redesign of a mesh introduciton device,” presented at the Northeast Bioengineering Conference, Syracuse, NY 2013
  • R. Adams, R. Doherty, S. Matloff, A. Sorensen Van Cleave, M.C. Arico, “Testing and redesign of a low-cost prosthetic foot,” presented at the Northeast Bioengineering Conference, Syracuse, NY 2013
  • B. Accardo, J. Daly, B. Knapton, M. Liquori, E. Steinberg, M.C. Arico, “Testing and redesign of a low-cost prosthetic foot,” presented at the ASEE Northeast Section Conf, Lowell, MA, 2012.
  • S. Kudernatsch, M. Tobar, C. Tokarz, M.C. Arico, “Improving Lung Tissue Retraction in VATS,” presented at the ASEE Northeast Section Conf, Lowell, MA, 2012.  *Awarded Honorable Mention
  • D. Bautista, J. Dumas, M. Langille, J. Leon, J. McCann, M.C. Arico, “Walking Assist Device to Aid in the Regeneration of Walking for a T4 Paralyzed Client,” presented at the ASEE Northeast Section Conf, Lowell, MA, 2012.
  • K.N. Cloutier, F. Miletic, N. Milton, C. Venditti, M.C. Arico, “Articulation:  a new innovation to clip appliers for use in minimally invasive surgery,” Proceedings of the 2011 IEEE 37th Annual Northeast Bioengineering Conference, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, April 2011
  • K.N. Cloutier, F. Miletic, N. Milton, C. Venditti, M.C. Arico, “Articulation:  a new innovation to clip appliers for use in minimally invasive surgery”, Proceedings of the 2011 ASEE Northeast Section Conference, University of Hartford, April 2011.  *Awarded Best Student Paper