American Society of Biomechanics Meeting

The American Society of Biomechanics East Coast Meeting will be held at Penn State Berks on April 20–21, in the Gaige Technology and Business Innovation Building. Registration is $12 for all undergraduate and graduate students and $55 for faculty and industry professionals.

Hosted by the college’s Human Movement Research Center, the meeting will feature a keynote speaker, workshops, and podium and poster presentations. The programming will have an emphasis on students, featuring undergraduate and graduate student awards, mentoring opportunities, and heavily discounted registration fees for student attendees.

The meeting will kick off with workshops beginning at 1 p.m. on Friday afternoon, followed by a full day of parallel podium sessions, poster sessions, and keynote speaker on Saturday. Meals will be provided.

This year’s keynote speaker is Jill Higginson, professor in the Departments of Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Delaware. Previously Higginson served as the director of the Center for Biomechanical Engineering Research and was the founding director of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Delaware.

The fundamental objective of the Neuromuscular Biomechanics Lab directed by Higginson is to improve the understanding of muscle coordination for normal and pathological movements through coupled experimental and simulation studies. Computational models are used to develop a cause-and-effect framework that relates muscle impairments to gait deviations. The overarching goal is to form a scientific rationale for therapeutic interventions to improve movement.

Higginson earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering at Cornell, a master’s degree in bioengineering at Penn State, and a doctorate in mechanical engineering at Stanford University.

This year’s conference chair is Joseph Mahoney, assistant professor of engineering at Penn State Berks; the committee chair Allison Altman-Singles, assistant professor of kinesiology and mechanical engineering at Penn State Berks; and student committee chair Zackery Scalyer, a senior kinesiology major at Penn State Berks.

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