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The theme of our 2024 conference will be: “Building a Human Performance Culture.” With the recent push by the industrial and military sectors to incorporate a sports team training mindset, human performance practitioners play an ever more critical role in our world today. Having the right human performance staff, however, doesn’t always mean this health and safety training approach is built on the right foundation or solving for the right problems. Before any technology is purchased to monitor the human and data aids in decisions making, the basics of performance must be baselined, and the right questions must be asked. This year’s Athlete Engineering Summit will provide all human performance verticals (sports, industry, military, medical, and academic) with information and actionable takeaways based on four key areas:

  • Nutrition, hydration, and fueling,
  • Sleep, recovery, and mental health,
  • The building blocks for sustaining a true human performance culture, and
  • Future Casting: Integrating AI and data for accelerated readiness.

The format for this year’s summit will be modified to emphasize interactive learning sessions for the entire audience and additional networking.  The experts presenting will include sports team coaches, health and safety managers from industry, human performance trainers from the military, along with engineers, data scientists, and wearable and human performance technology experts. Combining practitioner experience with applied research across all sectors is the foundation from which Athlete Engineering was built.

“During last year’s event, attendees learned that we need to speak the same language across sectors as we are often solving for the same human performance problems. This year, it’s important that we equip practitioners serving all athlete types with the right tools for problem solving and culture building,” Associate Vice President for Research, Reuben Burch said. “Understanding how the body performs and the technology collects data is important but means little if we are focusing our attention in the wrong areas. I think attendees over the last couple of years have walked away with great information and a much deeper, national network of contacts, but I want these experts to return home from the event with actionable direction and next steps. The 2024 Athlete Engineering Summit will highlight existing health and safety opportunities within the state of Mississippi, how we approached those needs, and focused our resources to bolster athlete cultures while looking into the future with AI in human performance. Let us teach you how this was accomplished so that you can ensure all your athletes, regardless of type, are happy, healthy, and productive.”

This summit’s theme and topics intentional target health and safety experts from all sectors because, as the last two summits have demonstrated, we still have a lot to learn from each other. Athlete Engineering Summit 2024 will empower all attendees to walk away with actionable steps.

Free Dinner Events (limited space so register early) – Monday, April 15th at 5:30pm – 8:30pm at the Gridiron club in the north section of Davis Wade Football Stadium; and Tuesday, April 16th at 5:30pm to 9:00pm at Dudy Noble Field for MSU Baseball versus Alcorn State.
PRE-EVENTSMonday, April 15, 2024
12:00 – 1:00FREE WORKSHOP KEYNOTE: Dr. Cory Smith (Baylor University)
TOPIC: Optimizing the Physiological Monitoring and Performance in Extreme Cold-Weather Environments. This talk will overview the important factors related to monitoring and optimizing human performance in extreme cold-weather environments. An emphasis will be placed on near term human performance monitoring and the engineering difficulties that need to be overcome to achieve these goals.

Anyone may attend this free workshop. Attendees can select this free option when registering for the AE Summit 2024. This meeting will be hosted at MSU’s Office of Research and Economic Development (301 Research Blvd, Starkville, MS 39759).
1:00 – 2:30FREE LAB TRAINING: Technology Workshop Session #1 – Motek GRAIL Hands-on Training with the Athlete Engineering Team (Mississippi State University)
TOPIC: Hands-on training for how to use and the benefits of the Motek GRAIL for clinical-level human performance research.
This training event will be hosted at MSU’s Athlete Engineering Research Lab (301 Research Blvd, Starkville, MS 39759).
2:30 – 4:00FREE LAB TRAINING: Technology Workshop Session #2 – Markered VS Markerless Motion Capture with the Athlete Engineering Team (Mississippi State University)
TOPIC: Hands-on experimentation with the benefits of motion capture systems including when and when NOT to use either markered or markerless solutions.
This training event will be hosted at MSU’s Athlete Engineering Research Lab (301 Research Blvd, Starkville, MS 39759).
4:00 – 5:00SPECIAL MEETING: Tactical Athlete Leadership Board (TALB) – Annual in person meeting hosted by Kevin Forbes (Booz | Allen | Hamilton)
TALB members may select this free option to attend when registering for the AE Summit. This meeting will be hosted at MSU’s Office of Research and Economic Development (ORED; 301 Research Blvd, Starkville, MS 39759).
5:30 – 9:00FREE NETWORKING EVENT: Reception Social at MSU Football Stadium Scoreboard Club
Located through the main entrance in the north side of Davis Wade Football Stadium.
Food & drinks will be served for all attendees. Music entertainment will be available.
Please park in the Barnes & Noble north section of the parking lot. Enter the stadium at G-1 which is located at the north end-zone.
Space may be limited so sign up for this free event during registration.

DAY 1Tuesday, April 16, 2024 @ The Mill
Located at 600 Russell St. Starkville, MS 39759 (1st Floor)
8:00 – 9:00Registration, Continental Breakfast, & Networking Time
9:00 – 9:15Day 1 Welcome Remarks & Conference Opening
9:15 – 10:15Day 1 Panel Intro-Session: The Summit’s Theme and Vision – Dr. Reuben Burch (Mississippi State University), Ted Lambrinides (Sports Science Consultant), Collin Crane (University of Georgia), & Munjeet Singh (Booz | Allen | Hamilton)
TOPIC: Culture should drive technology change, not the other way around in a human performance environment.
10:15 – 10:30Networking Break
10:30 – 11:30Day 1 Keynote – David Ragan (NASCAR)
TOPIC: The elements of an effective human performance culture from the perspective of a professional athlete.
11:30 – 12:40Lunch & Networking Time
12:40 – 1:00Post Lunch Briefs – Dr. Meeta Singh (Performance & Sleep Consultant)
TOPIC: How sleep and recovery play a critical role in development of cultures from professional sports to business.
TOPIC BLOCK 1: NUTRITION, HYDRATION, & FUELING
1:00 – 1:45Block 1 Keynote – Joel Totoro & Wesley Barnett (Thorne)
TOPIC: The foundation dictates the strength of your program – a framework for a culture of performance (aka Don’t build a house on stilts). We tend to optimize at the very top end and forget to look at what the basic human needs are and how they are being met.  Often basic changes here lead to improved top end performance.
1:45 – 2:45Block 1 Panel Session – Jim Weinstein (USAF), Craig Gile (CoolMitt), Meridith Cass (Nix Biosensors), Alexis Moran (Ingalls), & Dylan Dahlquist (Booz | Allen | Hamilton)
TOPIC: What can military and industry human performance teams learn from sports culture when creating branding, messaging, and processes around fueling
2:45 – 3:00Networking Break
TOPIC BLOCK 2: SLEEP, RECOVERY, & MENTAL HEALTH
3:00 – 3:45Block 2 Keynote – Dr. Pat Ivey, Dr. Ernie Rimer, & Dr. Andreas Stamatis (University of Louisville)
TOPIC: Building a student-athlete focused mental health and wellness awareness program and the takeaways for other sectors.
3:45 – 4:45Block 2 Panel Session – Allison Dekuiper (Tampa Bay Rays), Justin Foster (The Excelling Edge), Dr. Michael Dial (The Ohio State University), Dr. Gregg Steinberg (Austin Peay State University), & Oliver Moorhouse (BrainLit)
TOPIC: Creating awareness of the importance of sleep, cognitive training, and mental health for all human performance sectors
4:45 – 5:00Day 1 Closing Remarks
5:30 – 9:00NETWORKING EVENT: Baseball social dinner event at Dudy Noble Field on MSU campus
Located in the Lofts at the north side of Dudy Noble (see the Attending page for location details). Please park in or near the Barnes and Nobles Parking lot and follow the signs and support staff to the event location.
Join us for our big networking event at the Mississippi State University baseball stadium as the Bulldogs take on Alcorn State University. Food and drink will be provided as you will have access in the Lofts and the stadium to watch the baseball game. Tickets are limited so sign up soon.
While spaces are limited, anyone may attend this special dinner event by selecting to attend when registering for the AE Summit.

DAY 2Wednesday, April 17, 2024 @ The Mill
Located at 600 Russell St. Starkville, MS 39759 (1st Floor)
7:00 – 8:00Continental Breakfast & Networking Time
8:00 – 8:30Day 2 Welcome Remarks
8:30 – 9:15Day 2 Keynote – Andrea Hudy (University of Connecticut)
TOPIC: The effects of high demand training load on performance and health in Division 1 Women’s Collegiate Basketball players.
9:15 – 9:30Networking Break
TOPIC BLOCK 3: BUILDING A HUMAN PERFORMANCE CULTURE
9:30 – 10:15Block 3 Keynote – Jesse Wright (High Performance Consultant)
TOPIC: The steps to build a sustainable high performance culture in elite sports and beyond.
10:15 – 11:15Block 3 Panel Session Chaired by Mondlie Brave (Ingalls) – Nick Zimmerman (MSU), Ashley Kowalewski (Louisiana State University), Spenser Posey (Army), Brett Grelle (UFC), & Scott Dembowski (Special Operations Command)
TOPIC: Taking lessons learned from building a sustainable culture in elite sports and applying them to industry and military sectors.
11:15 – 11:30 Lunch Remarks
11:30 – 12:40Lunch & Networking Time
12:40 – 1:00Post Lunch Briefs – Dr. Robert Faulk (Pat Tillman Scholar Community)
TOPIC: How to develop a culture of giving back to athletes, with athletes, and beyond.
TOPIC BLOCK 4: FUTURE CASTING – INTEGRATING AI & DATA FOR ACCELERATED READINESS
1:00 – 1:45Block 4 Keynote
TOPIC: Where can data driven tools like AI and ML be found in elite sports today and where growth of these tools could go into the future for all human performance training.
1:45 – 2:45Block 4 Panel Session – Julien Blin (Upside), Paul Jones (The Ohio State University), Anna Cruse (University of Utah), Sonya Rahmani (Booz | Allen | Hamilton), & Maggie Corry (Booz | Allen | Hamilton)
TOPIC: AI is quickly appearing everywhere: preparing human performance cultures for where AI is, where AI isn’t, and where AI should be to make a lasting competitive advantage impact.
2:45 – 3:15Day 2 Closing Remarks
3:15 – 3:30Final Remarks & Door Prize Giveaways
All times are Central Standard Time.
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