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Keith Gordon ‘s interest in biomechanics began as an undergraduate at U.C. Davis where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science. Much of his early focus was on injury mechanics and rehabilitation methods. Keith is a certified athletic trainer and has been part of several sports medicine teams at various universities and high schools. His interest in biomechanics and athletic training led Keith to attend San Diego State University for his master’s degree in the Biomechanics and Athletic Training Program. After finishing his degree, Keith became a research assistant at the UCLA Human Locomotion Laboratory. It was here that Keith developed his current research interest in neuromechanical control and rehabilitation of gait. Keith is currently in his third year of Ph.D. studies at the University of Michigan. He is working with Prof. Dan Ferris to develop a powered lower limb orthosis.

Kermit DavisKermit Davis received his B.S. in Industrial Engineering in 1992 from the University of Toledo. He received his M.S. (1996) and Ph.D. (2001) from The Ohio State University where he conducted research in the Biodynamics Laboratory. He has published 40 articles in peer-reviewed journals with 15 as first author. Dr. Davis has also been awarded with several international awards for his research including the Volvo Award for Low Back Biomechanics (ISSLS), Alphonse Chapanis Student Paper (HFES), Alice Hamilton Award (NIOSH), and Liberty Mutual Award (IEA) as well as was the recipient of an International Society of Biomechanics Dissertation grant (2000).

He is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Health at the University of Cincinnati where his research is focusing on the investigation of the interactive effect of physical workplace demands, mental workload and psychosocial workplace characteristics, and individual factors such as age and obesity on the responses within the lower back. Previous work has included investigations into the impact of workplace stressors on the lower back in the areas of warehousing, patient handling, alternative modes of handling (e.g. team lifting, one hand lifting, pushing/pulling), injured populations, and ergonomic interventions (e.g. back belts, lifting hoists, adjustable fork lifts). He has developed a comprehensive and interactive research agenda that will investigate the complex etiology of low back pain and numerous stages of progression.

Paul C. IvancicPaul C. Ivancic received his B.Sc. in Mathematics & Applied Mechanics in 1995 from Queen's University, Ontario, Canada. He received his M.S.E. in Bioengineering (1997), M.S.E. in Computer & Information Science (1999), and M.A. in Mathematics (2000) from the University of Pennsylvania. He received his M.S. (2002), M.Phil. (2003), and Ph.D. (2006) in Biomedical Engineering from Yale University where he conducted spine biomechanics research in the Yale Biomechanics Laboratory under the mentorship of Manohar Panjabi. He has published over 30 papers in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Ivancic's research interests include human injury biomechanics, spine biomechanics, whiplash, and neck injury prevention. In addition to the 2007 Promising Young Scientist Award from ISB, he has received several other awards for his research including the Margaret H. Hines Award for best oral presentation at the 2007 Injury Biomechanics Symposium at The Ohio State University and the Raymond John Wean Foundation Fellowship from Yale University in 2000-2003. He is currently an Associate Research Scientist in the Department of Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation at Yale University School of Medicine where he is continuing spine biomechanics research at the Yale Biomechanics Laboratory. His future research will focus on understanding neck injury prevention during motor vehicle collisions.

Yasushi EnomotoYasushi Enomoto began his research for biomechanics of distance running technique at the laboratory for sport biomechanics under Dr. Michiyoshi Ae when he was an undergraduate student at the School of Health and Physical Education at the University of Tsukuba, where he was also a distance runner in the Track & Field club.  He also completed a 5 year Ph. D. program there, and in March 2004, completed his dissertation about the biomechanical evaluation for distance running technique.  Yasushi was a research assistant in the Sports and Physical Education Center and a coach for the middle distance team of the T&F club at the University of Tsukuba from 2002 to 2004.  He has been a member of the Scientific Committee in the Japan Association for Athletics Federation since 2002.  Now he is an assistant professor at the Kyoto University of Education, where he teaches courses in biomechanics and physical education and also is a coach of T&F club of the university.  Recently he starts to research in biomechanics of motor development for elementary school children.

Magnús Kjartan GíslasonMagnús Kjartan Gíslason received a C.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Universty of Iceland in the year 2000 and a B.Sc. in Technical Physics from the same university a year later. In 2002 he received an M.Sc. degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow studying wrist biomechanics. After finishing his degree Magnús returned to Iceland to work on a project that involved measuring the EMG of the deep neck flexors in relation to whiplash injuries. In the year 2004, Magnús returned to the University of Strathclyde to start his Ph.D. under the supervision of Dr. Nicola Fowler from the department of Bioengineering and Dr. David Nash from the department of Mechanical Engineering. His research interest is hand and wrist biomechanics and his current project involves looking at the load transfer through the wrist joint using a finite element method. Magnús plans to finish his Ph.D in the beginning of 2007.

Diana Andreeva GlaserDiana Andreeva Glaser received a Diplom Ingenieur degree (German equivalent of M.S. degree) in Civil Engineering from the RWTH-Aachen Technical University, Germany in 2001. Her thesis, granted by Hochtief AG, Germany, focused on the numerical analysis of the dynamical behavior of a locomotive construction. Afterwards, Diana worked for 3 years as mechanical engineer in the area of static and dynamic analysis. She was involved also in vibration, fatigue and buckling strength analysis. In 2005 Diana was accepted into the Ph.D. program at the University of Tennessee, at which time she also began a graduate research assistantship in the Center for Musculoskeletal Research (CMR). Her Ph.D. program and research work is performed under the supervision of Dr. Richard D. Komistek from the Biomedical Engineering Department. Within the CMR program she is involved in different projects including in vivo analysis of hip and knee joint mechanics, 3D patient-specific mathematical modeling, and biomedical applications of DAQ systems. The majority of these CMR research projects are applying engineering technologies and new clinically relevant analyses to study the joint conditions. Her personal research in CMR towards the Ph.D. program involves the development and implementation of hip mechanics and a newly developed non-invasive acoustic and vibration analysis method for the evaluation of hip joint performance. Diana is planning to complete her Ph.D. in the summer of 2008.

Veronica J. SantosVeronica J. Santos earned a BS in mechanical engineering and a music minor from the University of California at Berkeley (1999), and an MS in mechanical engineering from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY (2004). From 2000 to 2001, she was a Quality Engineer and Research and Development Engineer at Guidant Corporation in Santa Clara, CA, specializing in life-saving cardiovascular technology.

She is currently pursuing a PhD at the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. She is working with Prof. Francisco J. Valero-Cuevas on neuromuscular biomechanical models of the human thumb that incorporate anatomical variability and parameter uncertainty via Markov Chain Monte Carlo simulations.

Her research interests include robotics, neural control of movement, and clinical applications of biomechanical modeling, specifically to surgical procedures and rehabilitation technology. Veronica has received a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (2001), an Exceptional Teaching Assistant Award from the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University (2005), and numerous travel awards to contribute to scientific conferences at the national and international levels.

Philippe MalcolmPhilippe Malcolm obtained in 2002 a master degree in Physical Education with great distinction. His interests in biomechanics arose during his specialization in gymnastics coaching from a project involving a movement analysis of the giant swing on different gymnastic apparatus. In 2004 he got the opportunity to start working as assistant and pursuing Ph.D. studies at the department of Movement and Sports Sciences of the Ghent University under Prof. Dirk De Clercq.

Philippe is currently in the third year of his Ph.D. studies on human gait transition. At this stage he is focusing on the influence of the ankle musculature on gait transition and has developed a powered ankle-foot-exoskeleton in to be used as a means for experimentally manipulating the ankle power. His research interests include gait transition, locomotion in general, biorobotics and sports biomechanics.

Emma JohnsonEmma Johnson’s research interest in Biomechanics, began in the final year of her BSc (Hons) Biomedical Engineering in which she undertook an 8 month research project designing and developing a protocol for the mechanical testing of ankle joint stability after external arthrodesis. After obtaining a First Class classification in June 2001, Emma subsequently began her PhD studying the mechanical response of the human head to blunt impact with Dr. P.G. Young. This is a multi-disciplinary project and adopts a unique approach to examining mechanical damage to the brain by using different modelling techniques. Emma has presented at a number of national and international conferences and recently had an Original Article published in the Journal of Biomechanics.

In Feb 2005, Emma began her postdoctoral research on a Partnership in Public Awareness (PPA) project which uses novel techniques to generate 3D physical replicas of scanned plant and insect objects. These will become hands-on exhibits at the new Education Centre at the Eden Project, UK. As a result of this work, Emma is pursuing this line of work by undertaking an MSc in Science Communication after submission of her PhD thesis in September 2005.

Veerle SegersVeerle Segers became interested in Biomechanics in the final year of her Masters in Physical Education and wrote a dissertation on the biomechanics of humans galloping downstairs. She received her Masters degree with the highest distinction at the Ghent University (Belgium) in July 2001.

In 2002 she started her Ph.D. project entitled ‘a biomechanical analysis of the realization of actual human gait transition' with the aid of a scholarship (BOF-RUG B/03796/01-IV1). This Ph.D. was realized at the Ghent University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Department of Movement and Sports Sciences, under the supervision of Prof D. De Clercq. She used a full kinesiological analysis to gain insights in how and why humans change gait when speed is altered. Veerle presented at a number of national and international conferences and recently published in Gait and Posture (vol. 24, 247-254; vol. 25, 639-647) and the Journal of Experimental Biology (vol. 210, 578-585).

In March 2007, Veerle started her postdoctoral research at Ghent University, in which she will continue to explore the human gait transition. Her research was the starting point for two other promising Ph.D. projects in the field of human gait transitions (Philippe Malcolm and Kristof De Smet) which she will guide and assist.

Veerle's research interests are biomechanics, gait transition, locomotion in general, motor control and modeling.