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Walter Herzog received a Diploma in Physical Education from the Federal Technical Insitute Zurich in 1977 and completed his PhD in Biomechanics at the University of Iowa in 1985. He then moved to the University of Calgary where he began a postdoctoral fellowship and shortly after became a faculty member in the Department of Kinesiology. Walter is currently the Director of the Calgary Human Performance Laboratory and a Professor in Kinesiology, Engineering, Medicine and Veterinary Medicine at the University of Calgary. He is also the Canada Research Chair, Tier 1 for Cellular and Molecular Biomechanics. Walter's research covers many topics, but his primary interest and arguably his greatest scientific impact has been to understand the mechanics of muscle contraction. Walter has too many accomplishments to mention here, but some of his recent awards include the Geoffrey Dyson Career Award from the International Society of Biomechanics in Sports and the Borelli Award from the American Society of Biomechanics. Walter is one of the most highly cited biomechanics researchers to-date, with >22,500 citations to his name. He remains an active member of the International Society of Biomechanics as an elected Fellow and will host the 2019 ISB conference in his home town of Calgary.

Professor Pope was born in London in 1941, he earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Southall College, London, in 1962, and a master's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Bridgeport, Conn. in 1969. He received his doctorate in biomechanics from the University of Vermont in 1972 and Dr. Med. Sc. in medical science from Gothenburg University, Goteborg, Sweden in 1990. He has held faculty positions at the University of Vermont, University of Iowa, University of Aberdeen, and Michigan State University. His other honors include Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the American Arthroscopy Association O'Connor Award, and the Borelli Award from the American Society of Biomechanics. His research focuses on spine biomechanics.

Professor Alexander was educated at the University of Cambridge (MA, PhD) and the University of Wales (DSc). After a Lectureship at the then University College of North Wales (now Bangor University) from 1958 to 1969, he was Professor of Zoology at the University of Leeds from 1969 until his retirement in 1999 when the title of Emeritus Professor was conferred upon him. Professor Alexander was Secretary of the Zoological Society of London (1992-1999) which included supervising the management of London and Whipsnade Zoos. He was President of the Society for Experimental Biology (1995-1997), President of the International Society of Vertebrate Morphologists (1997-2001) and editor of the prestigious Proceedings of the Royal Society B (1998-2004). His research specialised in research on animal mechanics.

Dr. Andersson received his M.D. from the University of Göteborg, Sweden in 1967; and obtained a Ph.D. in medical science at the University of Göteborg in 1974. After a fellowship at the London Hospital, he joined the faculty at the University of Göteborg for 10 years. In 1985, he moved to the United States and the Rush University Medical Center as professor of orthopedic surgery. His clinical area of interest is spine (neck and back), while his research interests are disc degeneration, epidemiology and occupational biomechanics. Dr. Andersson has received many awards and honors including the Muybridge Medal, the ISSLS Stryker Spine Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine. He has received the Kappa Delta Award from the AAOS/ORS, the Freedom of Movement Award from the Arthritis Foundation and is a recipient of the Trustee Medal from Rush University Medical Center. Dr. Gunnar B. J. Andersson is the The Ronald L. DeWald, M.D. Professor and Chairman Emeritus of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois.

Peter Cavanagh was born, raised, and educated in England. He graduated Loughborough College (1969), and did graduate studies in human biomechanics at the Royal Free Medical School at the University of London (1972). He has held faculty positions at Penn State University and The Cleveland Clinic. He is currently the Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington. He is a past President of both the American Society of Biomechanics and the International Society of Biomechanics, and has received the Borelli Award and Muybridge Medal from these societies. He has also been the recipient of the International Diabetic Foot Award, the Edward J. Olmos Award for Amputation prevention, The Dyson Award, and the Lawrence Young NSBRI Award. His research interests include the modeling of the foot, imaging of the foot muscles in people with diabetic neuropathy, studying the mechanical characteristics of skin, designing optimal footwear for reducing pressure under the foot, and determining the properties of diabetic bone.

David Winter received his BSc (1953) and MSc degrees (1961) from Queen’s University, and PhD from Dalhousue University (1967). He started his academic career in 1961 as an Assistant Professor in Electrical Engineering at the Royal Military College (Kingston, Ontario), before moving to the Technical University of Nova Scotia, where he was promoted to Professor in 1969. In 1969, he became Director of Biomedical Engineering at the Shriner's Hospital in Winnipeg, with a faculty position in Surgery at the University of Manitoba. In 1974 he moved to the University of Waterloo where he was an Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology, and then promoted to Professor in 1976. He retired in 1995 with the title Distinguished Professor Emeritus. His research focused on human locomotion and he pioneered ideas such as automated motion analysis, appropriate filtering of motion analysis data, segmental energies and joint powers. In 2011 the ISB named their young investigator award after David, “David Winter Young Investigator Award”. David passed away in 2012.

Paavo Komi was born in Kauhajoki, Finland. He received his BS degree from the University of Helsinki (1963), MS from the University Jyväskylä (1966), and PhD from Penn State University (1969). After his PhD he held faculty positions at the University Jyväskylä, including being Head of the Department of Biology and Physical Activity. He was appointed Professor Emeritus in 2005. He is a past-President of the ISB, and was appointed an honorary fellow in 2005. In acknowledgement of his many research achievements the ISB awarded him the Muybridge Medal in 1999. His research has focused on the mechanisms and adaptation of neuromuscular function in exercise.

John Paul was raised in Old Kilpatrick, Scotland. He studied as a school boy at Alan Glen’s School a secondary school in Glasgow. As an undergraduate he studied mechanical engineering at the Royal College of Science and Technology. In 1962 he was a founding member of the Bioengineering Unit at the Royal College of Science and Technology. In 1964 the Royal College merged with the Scottish College of Commerce to form the University of Strathclyde. He was to remain at the University for the rest of his career, and was the head of their Bioengineering Unit from 1977 to 1992. Early in his stay at the University of Strathclyde he formed a collaboration with an orthopaedic surgeon who wanted to design assistance for pins to secure fractured femurs. This project spurred his research on the forces transmitted by bones. His work in this area became a classic source. He went on to perform fundamental work on prosthesis design. In acknowledgement of his many research achievements the ISB awarded him the Muybridge Medal in 1997. Invited lectures included the joint Royal Academy of Engineering/ Royal Society of Edinburgh meeting in 1977, the Carl Hirsch Lecture of the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm in 1995, Institution of Mechanical Engineering Donald Julius Groen Lecture in 1991, and he was awarded the W.W. Marriner Medal of the Institution of Engineers and Shipbuilders in Scotland for his lecture in 2002. In recognition of his research and administrative achievements he was appointed an honorary member of the ISB. John passed away in 2013.

Dr. Woo received his BS degree from Chico State College (1965), and MS and PhD degrees (1966, 1971) from University of Washington. Dr. Savio L-Y. Woo is a Distinguished University Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh. He arrived at the University of Pittsburgh in 1990 after spending 20 years at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) as a Professor of Surgery and Bioengineering. He has received awards including the Herbert R. Lissner Medal, the O’Donoghue Sports Injury Research Award, the Giovanni Borelli Award, the Muybridge Medal, and the Olympic Prize for Sports Science from the International Olympic Committee. His research has focused on the measurement of the mechanical properties of ligaments, tendons, joint mechanics, and functional tissue engineering.

Mimi Koehl graduated from Gettysburg College with a B.A. in Biology, and Duke University with a Ph.D. in Zoology.  She was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Friday Harbor Laboratories, University of Washington, and at the University of York.  Mimi is a marine biologist and Professor at University of California, Berkeley.  She studies the physics of how organisms interact with their environments.