Nike scientist to lecture as part of 'Distinguished Alumni' series

September 25, 2009

Mario Lafortune, director of the Nike Sport Research Laboratory and Penn State alumnus, will present a lecture at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 15, in the Bennett Pierce Living Center, 110 Henderson Building, on the University Park campus. The lecture is the third in the Distinguished Alumni Speaker Series sponsored by the College of Health and Human Development Alumni Society.

Lafortune’s lecture is titled “Creating Innovative Athletic Products Through Research.” The lecture is free and open to the public.

As director of the Nike Sport Research Laboratory (NSRL), Lafortune provides leadership for one of the world’s foremost research facilities in creating and developing new athletic products. By working with athletes and utilizing cutting-edge technology, NSRL adapts shoes, equipment and other athletic products to fit the needs of athletes. In this role, Lafortune helped establish the Nike Award for Athletic Footwear Research, which recognizes scientific achievements related to the biomechanics of the foot.

A devoted educator, Lafortune is currently a member of the Faculty of Sport at the University of Porto, Portugal. He has held various other professorial roles in the past in disciplines that include biology, biomechanics and human kinetics, working in France, Portugal, Canada and the United States. He has spoken at professional conferences on a variety of topics, including diabetic footwear, soccer injuries and sport surfaces. He has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals and is currently on the editorial board of Journal of Sports Engineering and Technology and Footwear Science.

Lafortune received a bachelor's degree in Kinanthropology from the University of Ottawa, Canada, and master's and doctoral degrees in Biomechanics from Penn State.

The Distinguished Alumni Speaker Series was established by the Board of Directors of the College of Health and Human Development Alumni Society in order to feature prominent graduates of the college who are leaders in their field. The Board’s mission is to facilitate and promote the participation of alumni in activities that support the College’s pursuit of excellence.

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