Faculty Profile

Arthur Ritter

DISTINGUISHED SERVICE PROFESSOR, BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING
Building: McLean
Room: 201
Phone: 201.216.8290
Fax: 201.216.8306
Email: aritter@stevens.edu
School:  Schaefer School of Engineering & Science
Department:  Chemistry, Chemical Biology & Biomedical Engineering
Program:  Biomedical Engineering
Education

The City University of New York, BChE

The University of Rochester, MChE

The University of Rochester, PhD

Research

Mathematical Modeling of Physiological Systems, Angiotensin Converting Enzyme (ACE) and Cardiac Myocytes, The Failing Heart, Pulsatile Flow in Distensible Vessels, Rotary Protein Motors.

General Information

Dr. Ritter received his BChE degree from the City College of New York, and his MS and PhD degrees in ChE from the University of Rochester. Before returning for his PhD degree he had over 10 years of industrial experience in the aerospace industry for the US Navy and United Aircraft in solid rocket propellant development and as a development engineer for the Mixing Equipment Company and the DuPont Co. His first academic appointment was at Stevens Institute of Technology in the department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering where he did research on solar energy storage and conversion and optimal control of chemical processes. He taught courses in transport phenomena and process control. While at Stevens he met Francis Chinard, MD from UMD-New Jersey Medical School and started collaborative research in pulmonary transport and metabolism in-vivo. This led to a full time position in Dr. Chinard’s lab in the department of Medicine at NJMS. After a few years he was recruited to the department of Physiology where he spent the next 20 years teaching Cardiovascular and Respiratory physiology, statistics for the life sciences and physical chemistry to Medical, Dental and Graduate students. His research areas were microcirculatory and cardio-respiratory physiology. He was course director of the medical physiology course for 5 years before returning to Stevens to start the Biomedical Engineering program. He still maintains an adjunct appointment at NJMS. He was the PI or Co-PI on grants from NSF, NIH, AHA and New Jersey Commission on Science and Technology.

Dr. Ritter has mentored of 7 PhD students in Physiology and Biomedical Engineering and over 40 Masters student’s in Biomedical Engineering.

He is the co-author of over 40 publications in peer reviewed journals and numerous abstracts and presentations at local, national and international conferences. He is the primary author of a recent undergraduate textbook in Biomedical Engineering.

His current research interests are in Systems Physiology, Rotary Protein Motors and The Failing Heart.
Experience

U.S. Naval Propellant Plant, Indian Head, MD, Development Engineer

United Aircraft, UTC Division, Sunnyvale, CA, Development Engineer

Mixing Equipment Co., Rochester, N.Y., Research Engineer

E.I. Dupont, Photo products Div., Parlin, NJ, Research Engineer

Dept. of Medicine, UMD-New Jersey Medical School, Adjunct Assistant Prof.

Dept. of Pharmacology and Physiology, UMD-New Jersey Medical School, Assistant and Associate Professor (tenured). Retired,2003.

Appointments

Adjunct Professor of Pharmacology and Physiology, UMD-New Jersey Medical School.

Professional Societies

Microcirculatory Society, Inc., ASEE, BMES

Patents & Inventions
No. 6,324,419. 2001.

Inventors: A. Nejat Guzelsu, Thomas W. Findley, John Federici, Hans Chaudhry, Arthur B. Ritter. Title: Apparatus and Method for Non-Invasive Measurement of Stretch.
Selected Publications
Books
  1. Ritter, A. B., Reisman, S., Michniak. B.B.. (2005). Biomedical Engineering Principles, Taylor & Francis Group, CRC Press, Boca Raton, Fl. ISBN # 0-8247-9616-0.
Journals
  1. . Bekker, A., Wolk, S., Turndorf, H., Kristol, D. and Ritter, A.B.. (1996). "Computer simulation of cerebrovascular circulation, assessment of intracranial hemodynamics during induction of anesthesia", . J. Clinical Monitoring, 12 433 - 444.
  2. Chaudhry, H.R., Bukiet, B., Siegel, M., Findley, T, Ritter, A.B., and Guselsu, N.. (1999). "Adaptation of passive rat left ventricle in diastolic dysfunction", J. Theoretical Biology, 201 37 - 46.
  3. Chaudhry, H.R., Bukiet, B.B., Ritter, A.B., and Arora, R. (2002). "Mechanical Properties of Diseased Hearts During Adaptation.", Journal of Mechanics in Biology and Medicine , 2 (No. 2) 165 - 176.
  4. Guzelsu, N., Federici, J.F., Lim, H.C., Chaudhry, H.R., Ritter, A.B., Findley, T.. (2003). "Measurement of skin stretch via light reflection. ", Journal of Biomedical Optics , 8(1) 80 - 86.
  5. Hazelwood, V., Madjanska, J., Ritter, A.B.. (2007). "Do College Students Benefit from School Required Activity? A Clinical Trial", Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 39 5S.
Conference Proceedings
  1. Hazelwood, V., Wisniewski, H., Ritter, A.B.. (2007). "Entrepreneurship in Biomedical Senior Design, from Classroom to Corporation,", International Conference on Engineering Education, Annual Symposia, Coimbra Portugal, September 2007.
  2. Desiderio, M., Atlas, G.M., Ritter, A.B. (2007). ". A Non-Invasive Dual Doppler Technique for Aortic Volume: An Evaluation of the Bramwell-Hill Equation", BMES National Meeting, Sept., 2007.. Springer.
Courses
  • BME 482 Engineering Physiology
  • BME 445 Biosystems Simulation and Control
  • BME 503 Physiological Systems (for Engineers)
  • BME 601 Advanced Biomedical Engineering Lab
  • BME 655 Principles of Multiscale Biosystems Development and Integration