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The theme of our first conference will be to provide attendees with the “Secret Sauce: Sharing how unique collaborations collide to cultivate human performance success.” By hearing from experts who have successfully managed the relationships necessary to grow mutually beneficial research relationships in human performance, attendees will learn:

  • What ingredients are necessary for building an athlete engineering program,
  • How to improve cross-collaboration among unique groups, and
  • How to accelerate project productivity by including the right team members and skillsets.

This includes partnering strength and conditions coaches from sports teams, health and safety managers from industry, and human performance trainers from the military with engineers, data scientists, and wearable technology experts. Combining practitioner experience with applied research is the foundation from which Athlete Engineering was built.

“MSU is leading the movement to build a student pipeline of qualified athlete engineers who can examine the data retrieved from wearable technology used for training, health, and safety. Our new niche of multidisciplined students can then share this information with coaches, trainers, and other human performance decision makers to help optimize work and training,” Associate Director of Human Factors & Athlete Engineering at CAVS and Associate Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Reuben Burch said. “We call this recipe our ‘secret sauce,’ and we want to showcase these collaborative partnership examples so that others looking to build similar programs can follow our lessons learned.”

The summit will feature discussions focusing on how to build effective collaborations between athletics and academics, and will explore how key elements affect the four athlete personas: sports, industry, tactical, and at-risk athletes. In addition to nationally-recognized keynote speakers and panels of experts, attendees will have an opportunity to network with professionals, enjoy delicious food, and see human performance technology in action.

Limited Special Dinner Event – Tuesday, May 10th at 6pm – 8pm at the Dudy Noble Rooftop Club.
Tickets purchased separately from summit registration. $75 per ticket includes food and non-alcohol drinks. Cash bar will be available.
Day 1Wednesday, May 11, 2022
9:00 – 10:00Registration
10:00 – 10:30Welcome and Conference Opening
10:30 – 11:30Day 1 Intro-Session Dr. Ernie Rimer (Univ. of Louisville), Dr. Ted Lambrinides (Pro Sports Consultant), Dr. Adam Petway (NBA/NCAA), & Dr. Reuben Burch (MSU) – panel session: Building relationships to improve the impacts of technology and sports science for understanding human performance
This talk will discuss how to build relationships with human performance experts, sport scientists, medical professionals, and sports technology companies to work in a collaborative effort enhancing performance and improving player safety. Understand the challenges with using and implementing human performance technology and data is the first step towards adoption.
11:30 – 11:40Greeting – Munjeet Singh, Senior Vice President – Booz | Allen| Hamilton
11:45 – 1:00Lunch
12:00 – 1:00Summit KeynoteDr. Allen Sills (NFL) – Building the human performance research team to improve safety in the league and lessons learned
This talk will discuss how a performance team of coaches, scientists, engineers, and sports technologists can work together to enhance performance and improve safety using lessons learned from health research initiatives created by the NFL.
1:00 – 1:15Break
1:15 – 2:15Breakout Sessions I sponsored by Booz | Allen | Hamilton
A:Dr. Adam Petway (NCAA) – In-Situ Evaluation for Sports Performance: Using the Competitions as Assessments
– The presentation will discuss the physical demands of training and match-play in basketball as well as provide a model for tactical biomechanical assessments that have implications on training and risk assessment. Topics of discussion will also include the impetus behind creating this model and future research considerations.
B:Mark Ronay (Liquid Wire) – The use of bendable and flexible hybrid electronics to capture human performance
This talk will share how human performance technology is designed to improve trust and understanding of the data that’s been collected; the capability of the technology must meet the needs of the user for baselining and assessment.
C:Dr. JoEllen Sefton (Auburn Warrior Research Center) – I Believe in Work, Hard Work
– This talk will provide an overview of the Auburn Warrior Research Center’s mission, vision, and collaboration with the tactical athlete (e.g., military professional, warfighters, and emergency responders).
D:MediTouchUSA Exhibition Trailer
2:15 – 2:30Break
2:30 – 3:30Breakout Sessions II sponsored by Booz | Allen | Hamilton
A:Dr. Gary Butler (Camgian) – Using data science to make decisions within sports, military, and industry sectors
This talk will explain how data science and machine learning is used to help in decision making for workout regimen creation based on all performance measure outcomes.
B:Dr. Ted Lambrinides (Pro Sports Consultant) – Evolution in sports science across the professional athletic leagues
This talk will demonstrate how league-wide data from the NFL, NBA, and others is being used to make decisions about player performance including in-game performance and how the data influences overall coaching and training strategies.
C:Dr. George Sun (Nextiles) – NBA pitch competition winners for capturing human performance for training and safety in basketball
This talk will highlight the new technology that won the NBA pitch competition in 2022; a technology training session on how the wearable is used to capture information about user performance during training and how that information can be used to mitigate injury.
D:MediTouchUSA Exhibition Trailer
3:30 – 3:45Break
3:45 – 4:45Day 1 Closing KeynoteStacey Ray (Toyota) – Applying sports-based technology to the industrial athlete for human performance improvements
This talk will explore the learnings of performance assessments in industrial athletes and potential learnings that can be applied in sports such as technology management, lean thinking and principles, and cultural adoptions of new technologies and processes.
4:45 – 5:00Closing Day 1 Remarks
6:00 – 8:00Reception Social at MSU Football Stadium Gridiron
Food & non-alcoholic drinks will be served. Cash bar 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.

Day 2Thursday, May 12, 2022
7:00 – 8:00Continental Breakfast at The Communiversity
8:00 – 8:30 Welcome
8:30 – 9:30Day 2 Intro-sessionMary McLendon (MSU), Stephanie Mock (Univ of Pitt), Dr. Ernie Rimer (Univ. of Louisville), Dr. Reuben Burch (MSU) – panel session: How to build a long term, mutually beneficial partnership between academia and athletics to improve technology selection and sports science
This talk will explain how to work closely with other members of an academic institution to not only learn about technology and data science but also how to utilize these other resources to aid in conducting research, technology selection, performance data analysis, and reducing the work burden on the coaching staff.
9:30 – 10:30Day 2 KeynoteDave Bollwinkel (NBA) – The eye versus the data: how to build effective partnerships between the human performance expert and the sports scientist
The talk will provide an example of how to have successful communication between the members of the coaching staff and members of the data analyst and sports scientist group; two different expertise and backgrounds but one goal of human performance excellence.
10:30 – 10:45Break
10:45 – 11:45Breakout Sessions III sponsored by Booz | Allen | Hamilton
A:Courtney Power (NextFlex) – Getting high school students to understand human performance through wearable technology and the FlexFactor program
The purpose of this presentation is to speak about how hybrid electronic technology can be used in wearables—generally how wearables work for human performance—and how NextFlex is using these hands-on experiences with the flexible electronics to get students excited to work in STEM fields and to understand how this technology works.
B:Dr. Megan Stewart (MLB) – The Application of Sports Science in MLB
This talk will focus on a general overview of the technology currently used in MLB for the application of Biomechanics & Sports Science.
C:Steven Pazan (STRIVE Tech) – Data’s role in athlete and operator safety
– This talk will describe the important role data plays in worker health and safety.  Strive’s goal is to improve overall efficiency in the workplace. Whether in Athletics, Enterprise, or Military, mitigation of risk is very important.
D:MediTouchUSA Exhibition Trailer
11:45 – 1:00 Lunch
12:15 – 1:15Lunch Keynote Maj. Carolyn Price-Moore (Air Force)Comprehensive Readiness for Aircrew Flying Training
This talk will explore the of the sports ecosystem on performance assessments for military pilots as well as potential learnings from the Air Force that can be applied back sports, such as assessing readiness prior to training or competition, to positively influence readiness assessments.
1:15 – 1:20Break
1:20 – 2:20Breakout Sessions IV sponsored by Booz | Allen | Hamilton
A:Dr. Jen Reneker (UMMC) – Functional assessment and training of cognitive, sensory, and motor proficiencies using Virtual Reality
This talk will explore the use of technology to assess the neurocognitive and sensorimotor control elements of athletes as a baseline, in the event of an injury (e.g., concussion), and monitor for return to performance readiness.
B:Stephanie Mock & Aaron Duvall (Univ. of Pitt) – Implementing high performance and sports science across Olympic sports for better human performance metrics and research partnerships
This talk will provide an example of how to implement a modified high performance model with an emphasis on sports science related initiatives in a multiple team sport setting. 
C:Carl Daniel (PACCAR), David Saucier (MSU), Steven Pazan (STRIVE Tech) – Applying Industrial Athlete feedback to a team-based sports wearable for implementation and adoption within a large industry facility
– This talk will speak to the collaboration between a manufacturing company, a wearable company, and research team to detail the both the challenges of and the requirements for how a sports-based wearable can be repurposed to meet industrial athlete needs for health and safety decision making.
D:MediTouchUSA Exhibition Trailer
2:25 – 2:55Closing Keynote sponsored by Booz | Allen | Hamilton
Josh Hockett – Where we were, where we are, where we are going. Engineering the optimal firefighter
– This talk will showcase the frontline strength and conditioning practices being applied in the DoD Fire Academy at Goodfellow Air Force Base and key technology tools to assess and identify the optimal functioning firefighter for all branches of the U.S. military and the ~1400 students who graduate from the 68-day apprenticeship course every year.
2:55 – 3:00Closing Remarks
All times are Central Standard Time.
Approved for 10 CC Units