Roger Haut, Ph.D.

Roger Haut, Ph.D.

University Distinguished Professor

Department of Radiology



E Fee Hall

965 Fee Rd Rm A407

College Degrees: 

B.S.: Mechanical Engineering, Michigan State University
Ph.D.: Mechanics, Michigan State University

Post-Doctoral Fellowship; Biomechanics


Research Interests:

Dr. Haut’s primary are of research is orthopaedic biomechanics. Much of his research effort in the Orthopaedic Biomechanics Laboratories (OBL), which he directs, deals with musculoskeletal injuries in athletics and the potential development of a post-traumatic osteoarthritis (PTOA) in the knee and ankle. Current research deals with understanding some of the mechanisms of ‘high- ankle’ sprains and the role played by the shoe-surface interface in the mechanism of this serious athletic injury.  


The OBL also has an active, funded research program in the area of forensic biomechanics. The laboratories work closely with MSU forensic anthropologists and computer engineers in the study of patterns and corresponding mechanisms of bone fracture in long bones and the cranium. The current research activity deals with pediatric cranial trauma in an attempt to determine causative factors leading to pediatric deaths, based on an examination of cranial fracture pattern analysis using machine learning techniques. 


List of awards:

2007  MSU Distinguished Professor Award
2003  MSU Distinguished Faculty Award
2001  Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers
2000  Research Excellence Award from MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine
2000  O’Donoghue Award from the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
1996  Innovation Award from MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine
1989  H. Ed Cabaud Award from the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine



Selected Publications:

  1. Dutcheshen, N, Maerz, T, Rabbin, P, Haut, R, Baker, K, Guettler, J. The acute effect of bipolar radiofrequency energy thermal chondroplasty on intrinsic biomechanical properties and thickness of chondromalacic human articular cartilage. J. Biomechanical Engineering Aug;134(8):081007, 2012.

  2. Wei, F, Post, JM, Braman, JE, Meyer, EG, Powell JW, Haut, RC. Eversion during external rotation of the human cadaver foot produces high ankle sprain. Journal of Orthopaedic Research 30(9):1423-9, 2012.

  3. Powell, BJ, Passalacqua, NV, Fenton, TW, Haut, RC. Fracture characteristics of entrapped head impacts vs. controlled head drops in infant porcine specimens. Journal of Forensic Sciences May 58(3):678-683, 2013.

  4. Button, K, Wei, F, Meyer, EG, Haut, RC. Specimen-Specific computational models of ankle sprains produced in a laboratory setting. J. Biomechanical Engineering 135:04, 041001-1/6, 2013.

  5. Weaver, BT, Fitzsimons, KA, Braman, JE, Haut, RC. Torque prediction at the shoe-surface interface using insole pressure technology. J. Sports Engineering and Technology  227(P4): 219-225, 2013. 


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Other Departmental/Program Affiliations:  

MSU Mechanical Engineering