Professor Douglas Cook is an engineer with a background in human biomechanics. He holds MS and PhD degrees in mechanical engineering from Purdue University, and has been professor of engineering at New York University Abu Dhabi since 2009. Dr. Cook has championed the use of stochastic modeling to incorporate important aspects of biological variation into biomechanical models, and has successfully used this approach to gain insights into the biomechanics of the human voice.
Professor Cook now leads a team of engineering researchers at New York University Abu Dhabi where their research focuses on crop biomechanics, an emerging new area of agricultural innovation. Their group’s work has been recognized by publications in major journals, a research grant from the National Science Foundation, and support from Monsanto Company.