STARKVILLE, Miss. – Four divisions at Mississippi State University (MSU)—the Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems (CAVS), the National Strategic Planning and Analysis Research Center (NSPARC), Bagley College of Engineering, and the MSU Athletics Department—along with The Communiversity at East Mississippi Community College (EMCC) have joined forces to host the inaugural Athlete Engineering Summit. The two-day event will take place on May 11 and 12 at The Communiversity with a ticketed dinner event at the MSU Baseball stadium the night of the 10th and a social at the MSU football stadium the night of the 11th.
The following people are scheduled to speak at the Athlete Engineering Summit 2022. Check back for additions as speakers are confirmed!
Keynote Speaker – Dr. Allen Sills
Allen K. Sills, MD is the NFL’s Chief Medical Officer (CMO), a full-time position dedicated to advancing the health and safety of the sport of football. He became the NFL’s first CMO in March 2017, joining the league from Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
As a neurosurgeon specializing in the treatment of athletes, Dr. Sills continues to serve at Vanderbilt as a Professor of Neurological Surgery and the Founder and Co-Director of the Vanderbilt Sports Concussion Center.
As the NFL’s CMO, Dr. Sills works closely with team medical staffs across the league, the NFL Players Association and its advisors, and the many medical and scientific experts who comprise the NFL’s medical committees.
He coordinates with these medical experts to lead the league’s efforts to make advances, on and off the field, to protect players from unnecessary risk through rule changes, evolution of equipment, and robust injury reduction plans.
Dr. Sills has led the NFL’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, in consultation with the NFL and NFLPA medical advisors, including the infectious disease experts at Infection Control for Sports (ICS) and epidemiologists from IQVIA, in addition to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other public health officials. The recommendations of these advisors have informed the NFL-NFLPA COVID protocols.
Under Dr. Sills’s supervision, these protocols have evolved alongside knowledge of the virus and enabled the league to complete the 2020 and 2021 seasons safely and responsibly.
Dr. Sills spearheaded the league’s Injury Reduction Plan, a three-pronged approach aiming to reduce the incidence of concussions. These efforts and others have resulted in a sustained 25 percent drop in concussions for the last four seasons (2018-2021).
Dr. Sills is an active researcher, having published over 170 scientific articles and presentations, including over 40 in the last five years on the topic of sports concussions. He is a member of the Concussion in Sport Group, which publishes international standards regarding concussion in sport. Dr. Sills is also a fellow of the American Board of Neurological Surgery and the American College of Surgeons.
Before joining the NFL, Dr. Sills served as a consulting neurosurgeon for the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies, the NHL’s Nashville Predators, the US Equestrian Foundation, and the athletic programs at Vanderbilt University, Belmont University and Mississippi State University. He also served as an Unaffiliated Neurotrauma Consultant on the NFL sidelines, and as a neurological consultant to the NCAA and the International Equestrian Foundation (FEI).
Dr. Sills previously served as the Founder and Executive Director of the Memphis Regional Brain Tumor Center; the Director of the Neuroscience Institute at Methodist University Hospital, Memphis; an Associate Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at the College of Medicine at the University of Tennessee, Memphis, and the Semmes-Murphey Clinic; and as Chief of the Division of Neurosurgery at the Memphis Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
Dr. Sills graduated summa cum laude from Mississippi State University with a degree in engineering and received his medical degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland, where he also went on to complete his internship in General Surgery, his residency training in Neurological Surgery and an NIH-funded Neuro-Oncology Fellowship.
He serves on the Board of Directors for Make-A-Wish Foundation of Middle Tennessee, the Heritage Foundation of Franklin, and Williamson County Tennessee, and has served as a youth baseball coach for more than 20 years.
Dr. Sills and his wife Shawne live in Tennessee and have four children.
The Secret Sauce
With over thirty years of coaching experience, Dave Bollwinkel is blessed with a wealth of teambuilding and motivational knowledge. His teaching experience ranges from high school, through major college, and into the N.B.A. Dave is a scout for the Chicago Bulls, and was formerly the head basketball coach at Saint Mary’s College. Having been an educator and coach throughout his professional career he now combines these skills to speak, train, and coach across the country on a variety of issues connected to teamwork and leadership.
As a professional speaker, Dave focuses on building better teamwork and enhancing leadership. Through his business, COACH On and Off the Court, he facilitates seminars, delivers keynotes, and provides coaching. All organizations benefit from better teamwork and this is reflected in his wide range of clients that include among others; FedEX, Western Digital, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, Seagate, UCLA, NetApp, Yale University, EMC, and the Los Angeles Unified School District. Dave’s approach to team building has twice be featured in the San Francisco Chronicle and his interactive teaching style can be observed in his two DVDs that are designed to assist in building better teamwork; Turn Your Team Into A Championship Team, and TEAM In Training.
Dave’s basketball coaching background includes serving as associate head coach at the University of Wisconsin in the Big Ten, three stints as an assistant in the PAC-12, as well as serving as an assistant in the Mountain West, WAC, Big West, and Conference U.S.A. From 1987 to 1992 he was head basketball coach at Division II Cal Poly University at Pomona. In 1991 his peers chose him California Collegiate Basketball Coach of the Year for the turnaround he accomplished in leading the Broncos to the top of their conference, an award he was again accorded following his first season as head coach at Saint Mary’s College.
Taking advantage of his coaching experience Dave Bollwinkel works on television as a color analyst for college basketball on Fox SportsNet, Comcast SportsNet, ESPN, and AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain. His ability behind the microphone was formerly heard on radio, as the basketball analyst on “Bear Talk” following all University of California men’s basketball games.
A college athlete himself, Dave played football at both Princeton and the University of California at Berkeley, from which he graduated with honors in 1972. He also earned a Master’s Degree in athletic administration from Saint Mary’s College in 1983. Known as a superb teacher and motivator, Dave’s preparation and experience will provide you with a variety of ideas on how you can strengthen teamwork and enhance leadership. Email: COACHOnandOff@aol.com Business Site: CoachOnandOfftheCourt.com Cell: 925/708-1259
Reuben F. Burch V, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Industrial & Systems Engineering, the Jack Hatcher Endowed Chair for Engineering Entrepreneurship, the Associate Director of Human Factors & Athlete Engineering at the Center for Advanced Vehicular Center (CAVS), and founder of the Athlete Engineering research program at Mississippi State University (MSU). Prior to returning to academia, Dr. Burch spent 14 years working for and with global Fortune 500 companies in research and development areas such as virtual reality design, weapons systems and training, satellite systems and geospatial data, high-value financial software systems, logistics technology and management, autonomous vehicle design, wearables, and human performance. Dr. Burch’s primary research interests presently center around human factors and ergonomics, cognitive engineering, macroergonomics, and human-technology interactions with different athlete personas including: sports, industrial (repetitive motion tasks), tactical (warfighters and emergency first responders), and at-risk (tele-health and rehabilitation) athlete populations.
Gary Butler is the founder, chairman, and CEO of Camgian. He has spent two decades working in advanced technology with a specific focus in the area of sensor systems and technologies. During his career, he has led numerous DARPA and other government-funded programs to build next-generation intelligence, surveillance and recognizance (ISR) capabilities for the US military. Dr. Butler’s expertise is in the area of signal processing with a concentration in feature extraction algorithms and artificial intelligence (AI) based classification systems. His work in the field includes the invention of a novel neural network classification method that leverages genetic programming to intelligently adapt and retrain neural networks when operating in dynamic environmental conditions. His invention, Genetically Adaptive Neural Network Classification Systems and Methods (https://patents.google.com/patent/US7324979B2/en), is one of five patents that he has been awarded in areas related to AI, signal processing, low-power radar, and edge computing.
Since founding Camgian as a contract R&D firm, he has led its evolution into an award-winning technology company that services some of the world’s leading government and commercial organizations. During this period, Camgian has been named by Inc. Magazine as one of the fastest-growing private companies in the US; Entrepreneur Magazine as one of the most entrepreneurial companies in America; The Silicon Review as one of the top 50 fastest growing technology companies; CIO Review as one of the top 50 most promising companies in IoT; and Compass Intelligence as one of the world’s top companies in IoT innovation and execution. Moreover, ABI Research featured Camgian in their 2015 Hot Tech Innovators report, which identified the company as one of the world’s top young tech companies. Most recently, Camgian was recognized as a 2017 “Cool Vendor in IoT Edge Computing” by the leading global technology research company Gartner. The prestigious “Cool Vendor” designation recognizes some of the world’s top high-tech companies that have the potential to disrupt today’s digital landscape. Additionally, Camgian was named Industrial IoT Company of the Year in the 6th Annual Compass Intelligence Awards, which annually identifies the world’s best in mobile, software, IoT, AI, augmented reality, and connected products.
Prior to founding Camgian, Dr. Butler was a division engineer in the Washington, DC office of Internet pioneer BBN Technologies (now Raytheon BBN Technologies) with a technical focus in the areas of artificial intelligence, machine learning, genetic algorithms, and wavelets and their application to real-time signal processing systems. At BBN, he worked on the development of feature extraction algorithms and neural network classifiers that supported advanced military sensing platforms. He was an engineering on the Army’s Future Combat Systems Program and led several DARPA funded efforts focused in the area of advanced intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance technologies. He was appointed by BBN’s president and chief scientists to membership in the Science Development Program, a technical rank reserved for the company’s most exceptional scientists and engineers and was also elected as a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Dr. Butler earned his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge in engineering where he was a member of Churchill College and studied modelling of non-linear dynamic systems and the application of wavelets to signal analysis.
Dr. Butler has been a speaker and panelist at numerous global technology conferences and testified on US competitiveness in the field of artificial intelligence before the US Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee. He currently serves as a member of the board of directors of Renasant Corporation (NASDAQ: RNST), the Vanderbilt University School of Engineering Board of Visitors (previously as chair), the Young Presidents’ Organization, the Tulane Physics and Engineering Physics Advisory Board, and the Oxford and Cambridge Club of London.
Carl is a graduate of Mississippi State University. He is currently a Safety Manager and Security Manager at PACCAR. Previously, Carl has been a safety professional for 16 years working in various industries including furniture, lumber, steel mill services, and now automotive. Carl is an Authorized OSHA Trainer.
Aaron Duvall is the Associate Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at the University of Pittsburgh. He is directly responsible for the training of the Women’s Lacrosse and Men’s/Women’s Swimming and Diving groups. Duvall has his Master’s Degree (MS) in Sports Science, is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), holds his Strength and Conditioning Coach Certificate from the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (SCCC), and is an Advanced Sport Performance Specialist through USA Weightlifting (USAW-2). Prior to coming to Pitt, he has experience working with the performance staffs at LSU-Shreveport, Cal State Fullerton, Clemson University, The University of Texas at Austin, and most recently Mississippi State University. In his role at MSU, Duvall was directly responsible for the training of Women’s Soccer, Track and Field, and Men’s Tennis teams. He also assisted in the integration of their sports science initiative as well as oversaw all strength and conditioning interns. He has experience in both Strength and Conditioning as well as Applied Sports Science. As an athlete, he competed in Olympic Weightlifting under the coaching of Dr. Kyle Pierce for 7 years.
Joshua Hockett is a 15-year strength and conditioning specialist having worked with two NCAA D1 sports programs, one Major League Baseball team, the US Navy via two US aircraft carriers and two deployments, one Air Force Special Operations squadron of Pararescumen in Northeast Italy and now the Department of Defense Fire Academy at Goodfellow AFB in west Texas where he acts as the squadrons’ contracted strength and conditioning specialist and performance nutritionist. Joshua has held this role since October 2020.
Joshua has lived in 5 states, 7 cities and 2 countries in the past 11 years. Joshua holds an MS in exercise science from Wisconsin-La Crosse and a BS in Kinesiology from Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Josh holds certifications as a strength and conditioning specialist, tactical strength and conditioning facilitator, and personal fitness trainer from the National Strength & Conditioning Association. He is also a ISSN certified sports nutritionist as well as an American College of Sports Medicine certified exercise physiologist. He can be found his travel blog musclesnmorsels.com and on LinkedIn where is regularly active with professional networking and content sharing.
Ted is a graduate of The Ohio State University where he did his undergraduate studies in Business Marketing and his graduate and post-graduate studies in Physical Education and Exercise Physiology, respectively. He currently serves as a NFL-PFATS Sport Science Consultant, providing monthly research updates for all NFL teams. In addition, he provides the Professional Baseball Strength and Conditioning Coaches Society (PBSCCS) and the National Basketball Strength Coaches Association (NBSCA) with sports research updates. He also owns and operates Sports Performance Consulting providing consulting advice on such topics as sports science technology and its implementation, sports nutrition, as well as ergogenic aids/PED use and abuse. Ted’s clients have included numerous NFL, NBA, MLB, and major college programs, as well as, the United States Secret Service. Ted coordinated the Exercise Science program at Thomas More University from 1991 to 2011. He has served as an assistant strength and conditioning coach at The Ohio State University and the University of Kentucky. During this time, Ted trained 23 NBA Draft Picks of which 13 were 1st Round Draft picks and 41 NFL draft picks of which 4 were 1st Round Draft picks.
Mary McLendon has served as Mississippi State’s Executive Senior Associate Athletic Director for Sports Medicine and Performance since July 2020. She oversees sports medicine, strength and conditioning, sport psychology, and sports nutrition, while also acting as the sport administrator for the Bulldogs’ women’s volleyball team.
Since starting at MSU in 1996, McLendon has moved up the ranks from assistant to associate athletic trainer and then to Director of Sports Medicine in 2010.
McLendon served as president of the SEC Sports Medicine Committee from 2015-2017 and was the first female to fill this role. She was the winner of the 2020 SEC Chris Patrick Award. She served on MSU’s President’s Commission on the Status of Women from 2007-2012, including a stint as chair from 2009-2011. She has been involved with the National Athletic Trainers’ Association as chair of the District IX Women in Athletic Training Committee and Life Balance Project Team, as moderator for the Life Balance Think Tank, and as a member of the Annual Convention Program Committee Project Team. She was a volunteer at both the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs in 2000 and at the Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta in 1996.
McLendon earned her bachelor’s degree in kinesiology in 1994 from the University of Colorado and her master’s degree in sports administration in 1996 from the University of Florida.
Stephanie Mock joined the University of Pittsburgh athletic department in June of 2021 as the Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Performance.
Mock is no stranger to Pittsburgh, as she completed an internship with the Panthers in 2013.
Most recently, Mock spent three years at Mississippi State University as Director of Olympic Sports Strength and Conditioning. Prior to MSU, Mock worked for five years at Clemson University as the Tigers’ Assistant Director of Olympic Sports Strength.
In her role at MSU, Mock was responsible for the supervision of the assistant strength coach, graduate assistants, and volunteer interns. She oversaw the Holliman and Shira Olympic Sport weight rooms. She was directly responsible for the strength and conditioning efforts for softball and women’s volleyball.
In Mock’s tenure at Clemson she worked with men’s and women’s tennis, women’s diving, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s track and field, rowing, baseball, and women’s volleyball. As a graduate assistant at Clemson, Mock earned a master’s degree in human resource development.
Prior to her graduate assistantship at Clemson, Mock completed internships at the University of Pittsburgh and West Virginia University.
Mock graduated from West Virginia University with a Bachelor of Science degree in physical activity and sport sciences. While attending WVU, Mock was a collegiate athlete on the women’s volleyball team finishing her career with Big East All-Academic Honors and Athletic Director’s Honor Roll.
Mock holds the Strength and Conditioning Coach Certified (SCCC) certification through the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches association (CSCCa).
Maj Carolyn R. Price Moore is the Aerospace Physiology Curriculum Program Manager, Aerospace Physiology Lead Command, 19th Air Force, Joint Base San Antonio – Randolph, Texas. She oversees and develops curriculum for the Aerospace Physiology career field and assists in program oversight and management of Aerospace Physiology policy, procedures, training execution, and device management. Maj Price Moore is also the Comprehensive Readiness for Aircrew Flying Training Program Manager for 19th Air Force. In this role, she has developed and implemented the first ever holistic human performance optimization program to be incorporated into Air Force Flying Training.
Maj Price Moore is a 2009 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, where she earned her Bachelors of Science in Biology. As an Aerospace Physiologist, she specializes in human performance in the flight environment. She has had a breadth of experience throughout her career, to include integration of human physiology in flight test, flight safety human factors expert, squadron resource advisor, and management of the initial bed down of Preservation of the Force and Family assets in Special Operations aviation. In addition to her role as a human performance expert, she has been a Master Resilience Trainer for 10 years. Prior to her current assignment she served as the Operational Support Medicine Flight Commander, 27th Special Operations Support Squadron, Cannon AFB, New Mexico.
Steven Pazan is an experienced Exercise Science practitioner working in Hospital & Health Care, Emergency Preparedness, and Athletics. Skilled in Product and Project Management, Sales, Business Development, R&D, and Patient Care. Proven sales professional. A team player with strong communication skills, and energy to complete any project.
Steven Pazan is the Sr. Sales Manager supporting all three verticals (Industrial, Tactical, and Sports) to facilitate data collection, customer service, and proper implementation of our equipment for the athlete / operator benefit. STRIVE delivers the only data platform proven to optimize muscle performance for elite athletes and teams. Through proprietary algorithms and sensors that seamlessly integrate into any compression clothing, STRIVE provides the most complete, accurate and actionable data for athletes to always compete at peak performance. Founded in 2016, STRIVE currently works with NCAA, NFL, EPL, NBA and MLS teams, along with the US Military.
Adam is currently The Horizontal Jumps Coach/Assistant Track & Field Coach at West Chester University. Previously, Petway was Director of Athletic Performance for The Washington Wizards as well as The Lead Biomechanist/Strength & Conditioning Coach for the Philadelphia 76ers. Prior to his stint in the NBA, Adam was the Director of Strength & Conditioning for The University of Arkansas Men’s Basketball Program.
Adam holds a PhD in Sports Science and High-Performance Sport. His thesis research was focused on neuromuscular profiling and match-play demands in elite basketball populations. Petway has been the corresponding author on multiple publications related to these topics, and most recently published a book The Mechanics of Basketball, which is a book exploring the physics and biomechanics associated with the game of basketball’s top performers from a tactical aspect.
Courtney Power is the Deputy Director – Workforce Development at NextFlex, a Manufacturing USA Innovation Institute. In that role, she is responsible for the strategic implementation and expansion of FlexFactor, Flex2Future, and FlexMil Seminar as well as the development of new programming to address the needs of the workforce of the future. Courtney graduated with her Bachelors in Biochemistry from the United States Air Force Academy and subsequently earned her Masters in Chemistry from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. After serving the Air Force on Active Duty, Courtney transitioned to working in education, encouraging underserved students to consider STEM careers and pathways. She is passionate about providing equitable opportunities to all students, especially those who are military-connected.
Stacey has worked as a dedicated Training and Development leader in various industries for over two decades. Her Elementary & Special Education studies at Eastern Kentucky University prepared her for all human learning environments.
She specializes in the Toyota Systems that embrace workplace cultures of team member development and engagement. Her passion for Safety and “Continuous Improvement” outline a career of meaningful and challenging projects that ensure human and industry growth, collectively.
Stacey is most excited and actively working towards the future of Safety Systems in the automotive industry, incorporating new technology to understand human movement with processing to create a connection to prevent workplace incident and injuries.
Dr. Jennifer C. Reneker is a neurologic/ vestibular physical therapist, epidemiologist, and innovator, serving as an Associate Professor in the School of Population Health at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC). Over the past 11 years, Dr. Reneker has received numerous grants supporting her research directed towards the advancement of evidence-based prevention, detection, and management strategies for neurological impairments. When she moved to Mississippi in 2016, she developed an ardent appreciation for inequities in access to specialist care and began developing innovative ideas to bridge this gap. Through the Center of Excellence in Telehealth at UMMC, she is the principal investigator for a Health Services Resource Administration (HRSA) funded project utilizing an innovative sensorimotor testing strategy in headset virtual reality to provide decision support for the diagnosis and treatment of concussion in collegiate athletes. The goal is to develop a telemedicine compatible medical device to extend access to specialist care for concussion in the rural poor, underserved areas of the United States, and in military environments. Dr. Reneker is the sole-owner of a spin-off company, Alter VIST, LLC., for commercialization of the technology related to her work.
In his 20th year of service, Dr. Ernie Rimer is in his first year as Director of Sport Science for University of Louisville Athletics. His role uses scientific principles to support the health, safety, and performance of their student-athletes through research, education, and innovation.
Prior to University of Louisville, Rimer was the Director of Sport Science at the University of Utah. He also held strength and conditioning positions at the United States Ski & Snowboard Association and Northern Arizona University (NAU). In 2020, Rimer co-founded FYTT, a high-performance software for sports performance professionals.
Rimer received his Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology from the University of Utah (2019), and both his M.Ed. in Education (2006) and a B.S. in Exercise Science (2004) from NAU. He has additional education in data science and statistics from University of Utah, and software development from DevPoint Labs, where he was awarded the 2020 Opportunities in Tech Scholarship.
Rimer is certified in strength and conditioning (CSCS) by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), where he helped idealize the sport science role in the United States and the forthcoming (in 2021) certified professional sport scientist (CPSS). Additionally, he has presented at numerous national and international conferences on various topics in sport.
Rimer is married to Alyssa, and they have three children: Veronika, Layla, and Max.
Mark is the inventor of stretchable metal gel circuits used in physiological monitoring of muscle flex and joint movement for athletic training, injury avoidance, and rehabilitation. He founded Liquid Wire in 2016 and continues to lead a multidisciplinary team of scientists and engineers dedicated to transforming how the body’s motions are captured digitally and pushing the boundaries of monitoring comfort and precision.
JoEllen Sefton, Ph.D, ATC, LAT is the director of the Auburn University Warrior Research Center, The center serves as a point of collaboration and a catalyst for change between researchers, the military and tactical athletes to further develop and implement new knowledge in human factors. The center works to improve performance, resiliency and health and wellness while providing leadership through research, education and training to better serve our Warriors, Veterans, tactical athletes, families and the community. Dr. Sefton developed and led the Warrior Athletic Training Program at Ft. Benning which provided sports medicine care and injury prevention, and performance improvement across most of the Ft Benning units across 8 years. She is currently a Professor at Auburn University where she develops and teaches courses related to neuromechanics, research, and sports medicine. As the Director of the Auburn Neuromechanics Research Laboratory, Dr. Sefton studies neuromuscular and physiological effects of orthopedic and neuromuscular injury; and the rehabilitation and therapeutic methods used to treat these injuries. Sefton has 25 years experience as a Nationally Certified Massage Therapist and has been a Certified Athletic Trainer for 20 years. She has worked with high school, college, Olympic and professional athletes, Broadway performers, professional musicians and Military and other tactical athletes.
Munjeet Singh is a Senior Vice President at Booz Allen, and the leader of the firm’s Bright Labs incubator in the office of the CTO. Launched in 2022, Bright Labs is an experimentation organization designed to develop, test, and incubate mission-centric solutions rooted in emerging technology. Munjeet’s expertise is in delivering modern technology environments to meet modern mission needs, from enterprise cloud solutions and data management to emerging technology prototypes. Munjeet oversees teams across the country that develop solutions using a technology stack that includes Edge Computing, Augmented and Virtual Reality, and Digital Twins. Munjeet also leads the firm’s Human Performance practice, applying advanced capabilities to train the tactical athlete of the future. In this role, Munjeet provides guidance and leadership to the firm’s human performance coaches focused on Cognitive Enhancement, Strength, and Conditioning, Tactical and Technical Skills acquisition and a focused integration of the firm’s XR, Data Analytics and AI capabilities into Booz Allen’s Human Performance practice.
Megan Stewart is in her second season with the Milwaukee Brewer’s Performance Science Department. Prior to her role as an analyst with the Milwaukee Brewers, she was a sports biomechanist at The American Sports Medicine Institute. Megan was elected as the International Society of Biomechanics student representative from 2019-to 2021 as well as serves on committees for the International Society of Biomechanics in Sports and Advancing Women in Biomechanics.
Prior to working at The American Sports Medicine Institute, Megan spent time in Mississippi where she completed her B.S degree in Exercise Science at The University of Mississippi, and Kentucky where she completed her M.S degree in Kinesiology and Health Promotion with an emphasis in Sports Biomechanics at The University of Kentucky. Since then she has completed her Ph.D. in Health and Human Performance with an emphasis in Sports Biomechanics. Her research primarily focused on the upper extremity and lower extremity muscle activation as well as kinematics for fastballs and curveballs when thrown from the wind-up and stretch. Her doctoral dissertation focused on baseball hitting and vision.
George is the founder and CEO of Nextiles working on innovative materials for new soft-good sensor solutions. George studied at UC Berkeley where he received his Bachelor’s in Bioengineering and Electrical Engineering & Computer Science. He went on to complete his Ph.D. in Biological Engineering at MIT. While at MIT, George was recruited to lead Puma’s Embedded Engineering team where he applied his materials science knowledge with his electrical engineering expertise to optimize footwear products. George then formed Nextiles after being awarded several patents on the domain of fabric-based sensors. Since then, the company has been inducted into the Council of Fashion Designers of America, Material ConneXion, Made in New York, and the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The company now works with the NBA, MLB, international sports leagues, and several elite and college level institutions. Today, Nextiles creates elegantly designed flexible sensor solutions to quantify motion and provides machine learning algorithms to better quantify performance.