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Speaking The Same Language
  • May 10 - 11, 2023
    The Communiversity (East Mississippi Community College)

The theme of our 2023 conference will be: “Speaking the Same Language.” Regardless of the vertical we work in (sports, industry, military, medical, or academic), we all face similar issues and opportunities in human performance, but we don’t always know how to communicate between sectors to share what we know. Therefore, we may be spending unnecessary time on a problem that another vertical has already mastered. By hearing from experts across these sectors who have successfully found solutions that impact all of us in human performance, attendees will learn:

  • Commonalities across all sectors and shared concepts,
  • The pros and cons of treating every vertical like a sports team, and
  • How technology is only one of many solutions available when creating a culture of fitness and performance awareness.

These experts 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.

“Building from the discussion at the 2022 summit about the importance of being multilingual, we want the 2023 event to highlight what many of us in the human performance space suspect: we are all solving variations of the same problem. Determining the measure of success is the main difference and that difference is based on where we work,” Associate Director of Human Factors & Athlete Engineering at CAVS and Associate Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Reuben Burch said. “When we use the term multilingual at Athlete Engineering, we are saying that our engineers understand what strength coaches are asking for. We know how to talk to the Air Force about test flights, to industry about repetitive motion tasks, to the medical center about telehealth technology challenges, and to academics about writing winning grant narratives. We want to grow beyond being a multilingual research team to being the team who teaches human performance experts across all sectors how to communicate with each other. At the 2023 Athlete Engineering Summit, we will move past simply being interpreters to becoming the venue where everyone walks away speaking the same language.”

The summit will feature discussions focusing on how concepts, cultures, technologies, and different courses offered in the Athlete Engineering Certificate program can bring impact to 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 ample opportunity to network with professionals, enjoy delicious food, and see human performance technology in action.


Justin Haley
Wesley Barnett
Julien Blin
Dave Bollwinkel
Chicago Bulls
Mondlie “E” Brave
Ingalls Shipbuilding
Dr. Reuben Burch
Mississippi State University
Dr. Bull Burgos
Mississippi State University
Meridith Cass
Nix Biosensors
David Chambers
Southwest Research Institute
Maggie Corry
Booz | Allen | Hamilton
Collin Crane
University of Georgia
Anna Cruse
University of Utah
Dr. Keith D’Amelio
Elite Performance Consultant
Dylan Dahlquist
Booz | Allen | Hamilton
Allison DeKuiper
Tampa Bay Rays
Scott Dembowski
US Army
Dr. Michael Dial
The Ohio State University
Dr. Rob Faulk
Pat Tillman Foundation
Justin Foster
The Excelling Edge
Craig Gile
Dr. Zack Gillen
Mississippi State University
Brett Grelle
Andrea Hudy
University of Connecticut
Dr. Pay Ivey
University of Louisville
Paul Jones
The Ohio State University
Ashley Kowalewski
Louisiana State University
Dr. Ted Lambrinides
Sports Science Consultant
Olicer Moorhouse
Alexis Moran
Ingalls Shipbuilding
Dr. Adam Petway
University of Louisville
Spencer Posey
US Army
Sonya Rahmani
Booz | Allen | Hamilton
Dr. Ernie Rimer
University of Louisville
David Saucier
Mississippi State University
Dr. Chris Shumeyko
Booz | Allen | Hamilton
Dr. Meeta Singh
Performance Sleep Optimization
Munjeet Singh
Booz | Allen | Hamilton
Dr. Cory Smith
Baylor University
Dr. Andreas Stamatis
University of Louisville
Dr. Gregg Steinberg
Austin Peay State University
Spencer Tatum
Tatum Human Performance
Joel Totoro
Colonel James L. Weinstein
US Air Force
Jesse Wright
Balance The Bar
Nick Zimmerman
Mississippi State University