STARKVILLE, Miss. – Numerous divisions at Mississippi State University (MSU)—the Office of Research and Economic Development (ORED), the Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems (CAVS), the National Strategic Planning and Analysis Research Center (NSPARC), Bagley College of Engineering, the Department of Kinesiology, the School of Human Sciences, and the MSU Athletics Department—along with numerous other academic institutions—are once again hosting the Athlete Engineering Summit. This two-day event will take place on April 16 and 17 at The Mill across from MSU campus. A free four-hour workshop will be held at the ORED building (301 Research Blvd, Starkville) between noon and 4:00 on April 15, the day before the Summit’s official start. Also, a two free dinner social events will be held at the MSU Football Stadium and the MSU Baseball stadium the night of the 16th as the Diamond Dawgs take on Alcorn State. You may choose to sign up for these items on the registration page.
The following people are scheduled to speak at the Athlete Engineering Summit 2024. Check back for additions as speakers are confirmed!
Keynote Speaker – David Ragan
David Ragan first hit the racetrack at age 11, beginning a racing career in the Bandolero Series in 1997 under the guidance of his father, former Winston Cup driver Ken Ragan. After winning two national championships within three years, he progressed to the Legends Cars Series enjoying more success as a young teenager. After turning 16, David competed in the NASCAR Late Model Series at short tracks around North Carolina.
As soon as he turned 18, Ragan made his first foray in NASCAR, running Camping World Truck and XFINITY series events, along with a limited ARCA schedule. His hard work paid off when Jack Roush selected him in 2006 to be the driver of the No. 6 Ford in the NASCAR Cup Series. Ragan proved Roush had made the right decision, finishing the 2007 season as runner-up for the Rookie of the Year title in the Cup Series and winning Rookie of the Year in the NASCAR XFINITY Series.
Over the next 13 seasons, David went on to drive for Joe Gibbs Racing, Michael Waltrip Racing, and Front Row Motorsports. In the summer of 2019, he announced his retirement from full-time competition in the NASCAR Cup Series. Ragan will continue to be a part of the NASCAR industry working closely with Ford Performance on the Next Generation Mustang and the Ford driver development program. While not in the race car, David will continue to be a driver analyst for the Fox Sports team.
From 2006 to the end of the 2019 season, Ragan competed in 606 races in the top 3 divisions of NASCAR. Scoring 4 wins, 33 top-five, 97 top-10, and 6 poles.
Building a Human Performance Culture
As Vice President, Corporate Business Development, Wesley Barnett is responsible for the development and growth of Thorne’s Corporate Wellness business. He also works closely with the Sports Performance Team to manage the business relationships with Thorne’s Sports Performance Clients, including but not limited to: Olympic Sport Bodies and Organizations and teams as well as athletes at the professional, collegiate and amateur levels.
Wesley has been involved with Olympic sport for over half of his life both as an athlete and an administrator. He participated as an athlete in the 1992 Barcelona and 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games with his best finish coming in Atlanta where he finished 6th. After not making the 2000 Olympic Team, he worked in the Sport Performance Division of the USOC for 2 years, before leaving to take on the role as the CEO of USA Weightlifting for the next 5 years. He then returned to the USOPC as a Director in Sport Performance for the next 10 years.
Wesley attended the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs and graduated in 1994 with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication.
Julien has been in the world of sports and tech for 10 years. He currently leads Upside a sports tech ecosystem bringing 7000 sports tech execs and teams together. He has also helped bring innovation and insights to many pro teams (NBA, MLS, NHL, NFL, MLB, European soccer, pro rugby, pro tennis…) over the last decade and has built an ecosystem between startups, teams/leagues and investors across the US, Europe and Asia. He also has experience building products at Google (Google Assistant/Home), Samsung, Zebra and various sports tech startups (Kenzen, etc..). He currently lives in New York.
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 Burch, Ph.D. is the Associate Vice President for Research out of the Office of Research and Economic Development. He is also an Associate Professor of Industrial & Systems Engineering, the Jack Hatcher Endowed Chair for Engineering Entrepreneurship, and the founder and Executive Director for the Athlete Engineering Institute at Mississippi State University (MSU). Prior to returning to academia in the Fall of 2016, 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. He has served as a logistics and technology advisor for numerous universities and multiple Fortune 100 companies around the world and currently serves as an advisor for elite wearable technology companies.
Dr. Bill Burgos is the former NBA Head of Strength and Conditioning of three NBA teams (i.e., Knicks, Magic, and Timberwolves) and former President of the NBSCA. Dr. Burgos was a member of several NBA committees, such as the NBA Sports Science Committee and the Jr NBA Leadership Council. Additionally, Dr. Burgos served on the NBA Gatorade Advisory Board, including Kinduct Technologies’ Scientific Advisory Board. Dr. Burgos currently serves as an Advisory Board member for the Booz-Allen Tactical Leadership Council and is an adjunct professor at Mississippi State University and Austin Peay State University.
Meridith is the Founder and CEO of Nix Biosensors, a biosensor company spinout of Harvard. Nix’s initial product is a sweat sensor that informs athletes, soldiers, and laborers of their fluid losses, electrolyte losses, and sweat composition in real-time, and generates personalized predictive data for fluid and electrolyte needs.
A serial company starter, Meridith has worked closely with several Boston and New York-based venture capital firms in the creation of seven life science and consumer startups prior to Nix. Meridith sits on the board of several companies and non-profits including Girls on the Run of Greater Boston, Consumer Technology Association’s Health and Fitness Technology Division, and the Cambridge Friends School, of which she is an alumna.
Meridith is a college basketball player-turned-marathoner who has completed 9 marathons, including all of the World Major Marathons. She received her A.B. from Bryn Mawr College where she received the Anna Pell Wheeler Prize for Mathematics, and her M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. Meridith is a Kauffman Fellow as well as a Harvard Business School Blavatnik Fellow.
Maggie Corry is a data scientist who leads data for Booz Allen Hamilton’s R&D group BrightLabs. She aims to provide comprehensive strategy around consolidating data to enable insights, visualizations, and Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning (AI/ML) in the cloud and at the edge. Maggie has a B.S. in Applied Mathematics and is working towards her Master in Information and Data Science from University of California, Berkeley. She has also worked in the human performance and sports science domain for the past 7 years, providing data-driven insights and data products to Warfighters, Researchers, mixed reality trainers, and Athletic organizations.
Collin Crane was named Director of Athletic Performance for Men’s Basketball at The University of Georgia in 2022. He has made an immediate impact by increasing the program’s player availability rating, which is a common metric used to determine the overall health and performance of the student-athletes.
Crane has 11 years of experience in collegiate strength and conditioning, including previous stints within the SEC at Mississippi State and Florida. During that span, teams with Crane on their strength and conditioning staff earned postseason bids in seven of ten possible years and averaged 22.8 wins per season.
Crane spent five seasons at Mississippi State, helping the Bulldogs earn postseason bids each year possible. State reached the NIT semifinals in 2018, secured an at-large bid to the 2019 NCAA Tournament, finished as NIT runner-up in 2021 and also appeared in the 2022 NIT. In addition, the Bulldogs were a lock for a postseason invitation in 2020 when they were an NCAA bubble team before the tournament. Three Mississippi State players during Crane’s tenure were on NBA rosters during the 2021-22 season – Reggie Perry (Portland Trail Blazers), Quinndary Weatherspoon (Golden State Warriors) and Robert Woodard II (San Antonio Spurs).
Crane was one of the first strength coaches to partner with Mississippi State’s Athlete Engineering Program. The multidisciplinary research collaboration between the university’s academic and athletic departments explores human performance, processes, and analysis. Since the initiative started, Crane has co-authored multiple peer-reviewed studies on various topics which include force plate analysis, wearable technology, and basketball shoe taxonomy.
Crane is a certified specialist by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCA).
Anna Cruse is the Assistant Director for Applied Health & Performance Science at the University of Utah and oversees all sports science and applied health efforts for the Olympic Sports at Utah. At Utah she serves on the High Performance Leadership Team, a group dedicated to maximizing student-athlete health and performance. In addition to this role, Anna works as a sports scientist and data analyst at Silicon Valley Exercise Analytics (svexa), a company that works in partnership with sports companies, athletes, and coaches to develop individual algorithms that enable end users to take action from their information and increase their potential. Prior to these roles, Anna worked as a sports scientist at Penn State University and the Philadelphia Union, where she developed a match prediction model to advise organizational decisions. She has a B.S. in Kinesiology from the University of Minnesota where she was also a member and letter winner on the Gopher rowing team. Her M.S. is from Temple University in Integrative Exercise Physiology. During her graduate work, she also spent two years as an assistant rowing coach at Temple.
A uniquely and highly qualified professional, Keith holds a PhD in applied sports science, a master’s degree in sports performance and a bachelors in exercise science / sports medicine. This multi-dimensional background places Keith firmly at the intersection of performance optimization, technology, and the emerging of business of human performance. Keith has been putting into action the best practices in sports science and performance optimization with some of the world’s best athletes, teams, organizations and companies over the last two decades. Keith has worked in the trenches of elite performance at the team level, working for the Boston Celtics, Toronto Raptors, and Stanford University Men’s Basketball. A pioneer in in the use of technology and data-driven decisions, while in Toronto Keith helped lead the way for the way for the advancement of sports science in the NBA. Keith spearheaded an athletic development program that implemented and utilized cutting-edge approaches to athletic performance, that are now commonplace in sport today. Working with organizations, such as the NBA Players Associations, MLB, WNBA NFL, EPL, and AFL teams, Keith is able to bring his understanding of the day-to-day functioning of elite sport organizations and his insight into the world beyond sport to make meaningful and impactful connections. As an angel investor, strategic advisor, and consultant to companies ranging from early-stage startups to the well-established, Keith provides domain expertise to enhance organizational performance, product development and brand exposure. Keith continues to impact and advance the field of human performance by constantly exploring what is possible. His work with individual athletes and teams has led to dramatic improvements in overall health and performance and his role as an advisor to organizations and companies has enhanced their ability to build and sustain their brand.
Dylan Dahlquist serves as the Human Performance Lead Scientist for Booz Allen Hamilton’s R&D group, BrightLabs. In this capacity, he plays a crucial role in spearheading the integration of data pipeline workflows aimed at enhancing human performance. By leveraging cutting-edge analytics sourced from diverse data streams, he helps develop tangible and operationally effective readiness strategies specifically tailored for tactical athletes.
His expertise spans multiple disciplines, encompassing human and environmental physiology, sport biomechanics, nutrition, apparel research and development, and statistical modeling. Dylan’s ability to distill complex performance data into actionable strategies is instrumental in bolstering the resilience and preparedness of athletes. Prior to his current role, Dylan held notable positions at esteemed organizations such as Red Bull North America, the Canadian Olympic Organization, Herman Miller Gaming, Lululemon Athletica, and the Naval Health Research Center. Across these diverse roles, he gained invaluable experience working with a wide spectrum of individuals, ranging from professional gamers to tactical athletes to world-class athletes.
Allison DeKuiper is an Assistant within the Performance Science Department for the Tampa Bay Rays. She joined the Tampa Bay Rays Performance Science staff in January of 2020. Her research focuses on the relationships between heart rate variability, training load, player reported outcomes and sleep. Prior to the Rays, Allison worked at WHOOP as an Elite Performance Manager. Her primary role served to be a liaison between the tech company and various institutions such as university teams, professional sports, research organizations and the Department of Defense. Prior to her time at WHOOP, Allison worked as a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer with Women’s Soccer at the University of Kentucky. She was also the Head Athletic Trainer for the Seattle Sounders Women’s Soccer team in 2013.
Allison earned her B.S. in Athletic Training from Hope College and her M.S. in Athletic Training from the University of Kentucky. She is a member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association and is a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC).
Dr. Michael Dial is a Post Doctoral Researcher with The Ohio State University Human Performance Collaborative. His research over the years has focused the effects of sleep on human and athletic performance and validation of fitness and health metrics from consumer wearable devices. He received his B.S. in Exercise Science from Utah Valley University. He received his M.S. from the University of Texas at Austin and researched the detrimental effects of prolonged sitting on the physiological benefits of exercise. He continued his graduate work at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and received his PhD for his work investigating the effect of circadian rhythm disruption and social jetlag on the physiological adaptations to exercise. During his time in Las Vegas, Michael also worked in the UNLV Athletics Sport Science Department, primarily with the football, men’s and women’s basketball, and women’s volleyball teams. He also worked in the Sport Science Department within the UFC Performance Institute.
Dr. Rob Faulk has over 20 years of experience in high performance program leadership and unique military experience. Experienced leading multidisciplinary teams toward innovative high-performance solutions, dedicated to the betterment of military service members and families. After retiring from the Army in 2020, Rob led as the Director of Human Performance for the University of Southern California, Center for Body Computing (CBC), a human performance innovation and research center. The CBC team develops and validates human-centered technologies that identify and reduce injury potential, enhance and maintain optimum performance, and overall health for warfighters operating in high consequence environments and athletes competing at professional and collegiate levels.
Rob’s career began as a Combat Medic in the 10th Mountain Division, where he deployed weeks after the attacks on September 11th, 2001. He later attended the Army PT Specialist Program and was selected to lead the Amputee Care Program at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. There he developed and led advanced rehabilitation programs, returning over 35 military amputees back to active duty and other noteworthy achievements, including a career in Olympic Sport and achieving gold medal honors. Rob spent 13 years in US Army Special Operation Command, as the Human Performance Senior Enlisted Advisor, and has multiple deployments in support of a joint special operations task force, comprised of elite operators and interagency partners operating in highly sensitive environments worldwide. He has shared his expertise through peer reviewed journals and presentations at professional conferences both nationally and internationally.
Rob earned a BS in Healthcare Management from Trident University and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. He is a 2016 Tillman Scholar and has served as a Regional Captain. Rob joined PTF as the Associate Director of Programs in August of 2023.
Justin Foster, M.A., CMPC is a Cognitive Performance Consultant and Founder of The Excelling Edge LLC. He helps high performers gain a competitive edge by equipping them with cognitive training and human performance technologies to unleash their potential. He helps facilities, organizations, teams install neurocognitive training programs that work. Justin also works with teams, coaches, and athletes to build team culture, championship coaches and mental toughness to help them perform their best when it matters most. He is an adjust faculty in the Applied Sport and Performance Psychology graduate program at Holy Names University. Over the past 15 years Justin has worked with a wide range of high performers, including NCAA Division 1 programs, professional athletes, special operations units, fighter pilots, U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Marine Corps, NFL combine training, elite junior athletes, and more.
Craig Gile is a Founder and President of Arteria Technology. Created at Stanford University and funded by the US military’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Arteria’s first product, CoolMitt®, is proven to be the best technology to reduce core temperature. CoolMitt is currently being used by over 100 professional and collegiate programs, as well as numerous Special Forces, First Responders and Industrial Athlete organizations and companies.
Craig has experience in a number of alternative investments, including as Founder and Chief Investment Officer of Black Falcon Capital Management, a Global Macro hedge fund. Craig was a Managing Director at Citigroup, where he was a Bond Trader and served as the Head of the Americas for the Commodity Derivatives division. Prior to heading to Wall Street, Craig served as a Naval Aviator in the US Navy.
Craig received his MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he majored in Finance with a Concentration in Strategic Management. He received a Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Vanderbilt University.
Dr. Zack Gillen is an Assistant Professor of Exercise Physiology in the Department of Kinesiology and the Director of the Resistance Exercise Performance Lab. He graduated with a Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology & Nutrition from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with Distinction, Certified Performance and Sport Scientist, and a USA Weightlifting Certified Sports Performance Coach.
Zack started off in the field as a strength and conditioning coach, before diving into the behind-the-scenes research of how to maximize human performance, specifically with resistance training. Part of his specialty is linking the physiology of what is happening within the body to the outcome mechanical movement of these processes. His research publications have examined neuromuscular and morphological changes in muscle, changes in muscle across growth and development, the aging of muscle, muscle metabolism, and kinetic assessments in youth, adults, and elderly individuals. The overarching goal of his research is to answer this question: what are the best practices to maximize human performance?
Brett Grelle is a highly skilled and accomplished Sport Scientist with a Master of Science degree in Exercise and Nutritional Sciences. As a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), Brett has dedicated his career to designing and implementing cutting-edge training programs for athletes across various levels and sports.
Currently serving as a Sport Science Coordinator at the UFC Performance Institute in Las Vegas, NV. Brett leads and assists the delivery and coordination of an extensive portfolio of sports science services, technology interfaces, and applied science applications that are aligned to support and impact the health, wellbeing, and performance of combat athletes. Brett also administers energy system diagnostics and the monitoring of a variety of critical physical and physiological parameters in his role; including cardiovascular function, cognition, biological markers, neuromuscular activity, strength and power diagnostics, and factors relating to recovery and regeneration. This includes conducting bespoke research projects to directly address key questions/hypotheses relating to athlete health, wellbeing and performance enhancement which requires proactively collaborating and seeking optimal cross-discipline initiatives within the Performance Institute.
Andrea Hudy re-joined the UConn women’s basketball program as the Director of Sports Performance for Women’s Basketball in May 2021. Hudy, who earned her master’s degree from UConn in 1999, returns to Storrs after previously working with the Huskies from 1995-2004, helping three teams capture eight NCAA Championships. She was the primary sport performance coach for the 1995, 2000, 2002, 2003 and 2004 women’s basketball National Championships, as well as the 1999 and 2004 men’s basketball National Championships and the 2000 men’s soccer National Championship.
In 27 seasons of collegiate strength and conditioning coaching, Hudy has trained 51 former student-athletes who have gone on to play in the NBA and 21 who have gone on to play in the WNBA. Hudy spent the past two seasons as Head Coach of Basketball Strength and Conditioning at Texas. In her role with the Longhorns, she oversaw the strength and conditioning program from both the men’s and women’s basketball programs and was the primary sport performance coach for the men’s basketball team. Prior to Texas, Hudy spent 15 years as the strength and conditioning coach for Kansas men’s basketball. In her time with the team, the Jayhawks produced 35 NBA Draft picks, including 11 Lottery selections, and won the 2008 NCAA Championship.
In 2017, the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) honored Hudy with the Impact Award, given to an individual whose career has greatly contributed to the advancement of the national or international strength and conditioning or fitness industries. In the summer of 2014, her book, Power Positions, was published. In January 2013, she was named the National College Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year by the NSCA for her dedication to improving athletic performance with safe and effective science-based programs. Hudy graduated from Maryland, where she was a four-year letterwinner in volleyball, in 1994 with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology. She earned a master’s degree in sport biomechanics from UConn in 1999 and an MBA from Kansas in 2019.
Dr. Pat Ivey is currently the Assistant Vice President/ Associate Athletics Director for Student Athlete Health and Performance at the University of Louisville. He oversees the departments of Sports Medicine, Sports Performance, Sports Nutrition, Mental Health and Performance, and Sports Science. Dr. Ivey is also currently an Adjunct Professor at the University of Missouri and Logan University, teaching courses in Foundations of Sport Performance and Organizational Administration, respectively, via online Master’s degree programs. He is a former collegiate and professional (NFL) football athlete. Dr. Ivey is also the owner of Pat Ivey Performance.
Paul joined the Buckeyes in the summer of 2023 as an Associate Sport Scientist working with all 36 varsity teams to build a comprehensive and integrated sport science support system with the aim of building Ohio State Sport Science into a global leader in human performance. Prior to joining the Buckeyes Paul was the first full-time Sport Science Coordinator for the University of Louisville and played a key role in developing the sport science department for the Cardinals. In addition to managing all administrative duties for the sport science department at Louisville Paul also oversaw the collection, interpretation, and reporting of data gathered from wearable technology during matches and training sessions. As a leader in the field of wearable technology Paul has published peer-reviewed research for Men’s and Women’s Soccer, Lacrosse, and Women’s Basketball and has published work more holistically on the topic of building comprehensive integrated sport science support systems in the collegiate athletics environment. Additionally, Paul worked with industry leaders to produce products that helped to enhance performance for teams at the University of Louisville. As an example, in 2017 Paul oversaw a partnership between the University of Louisville and IBM to create a predictive injury model based on historical data from the Louisville Women’s Basketball team. The model showed an overall 93% accuracy rate in athlete readiness. The project’s findings have been presented at national and international IBM Analytics conferences.
Ashley Kowalewski joined the LSU Strength & Conditioning staff for indoor volleyball and women’s tennis in January of 2024 after spending 5 months in a part-time at LSU working with baseball and women’s tennis from August to December of 2023.Prior to joining the LSU strength staff, Kowalewski worked at the University of Missouri (July 2022- July 2023), overseeing program design and implementation for Soccer, Men’s and Women’s Diving, and Women’s Golf, as well as assisting with the Softball and Gymnastics teams as needed.Before her time at Mizzou, AK was a strength coach at the University of Arizona from November of 2020 until July of 2022, and saw time working with Softball, Gymnastics, Men’s and Women’s Swimming, and Soccer programs, as well as holding the title of internship coordinator. During that time in Tucson, she was able to help softball to two WCWS appearances in June of 2021 and June of 2022 under head coach Mike Candrea in 2021 and Caitlin Lowe in 2022.
Previous to Arizona, Kowalewski served as a strength and conditioning fellow at the University of Michigan from 2019 until the covid pandemic shut down college sports in March of 2020. Her primary responsibilities were all of track and field and cross country, as well as assisting with other Olympic sports as necessary.Kowalewski began her strength and conditioning journey at the NSCA’s headquarters as an intern and eventually assistant coach under Scott Caulfield in 2018, and continued on to the United States Olympic and Paralympic training center in 2019 as a strength and conditioning intern. She returned to the NSCA’s staff part time and eventually as a full time assistant strength coach, overseeing the performance center and all it’s teams, as well as running the NSCA’s internship program under Scott Caulfield until she moved on to Michigan in September of 2019.A javelin thrower under coach Brian Blutreich at the University of Oklahoma from 2010-2015, Kowalewski was a competitor on the national stage in Eugene, Oregon in 2014 and returned as Coach Blu’s undergraduate assistance coach for her last year 2014-2015 before moving on to grad school and internships. Kowalewski is a member of the Certified Strength & Conditioning Coaches association (CSCCa), where she holds her Strength & Conditioning Coaches Certification (SCCC). She is also a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA). She holds her USAW level 1, as well as her FMS level 1 certification.A native of Strawn, Texas, she received her bachelor of science in health and exercise sciences from the University of Oklahoma in May of 2015 and a master of science in Kinesiology with a specialization in Adapted Physical Activity and sports nutrition from Texas Woman’s University in August of 2018.
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.
Oliver Moorhouse, SVP of Business Development for BrainLit North America Inc, brings 14-years of B2B commercial experience for high-growth health technology and service companies. Having founded the BrainLit US entity (wholly owned by Swedish BrainLit AB), Oliver primarily focusses on market-making activities within target verticals, both direct selling to enterprise clients and building channel partnerships. Prior to joining BrainLit, Oliver has held various business development positions with rising seniority, in multiple MedTech and healthcare service businesses – from startup to multinational – and has operated internationally across 30 countries. Oliver holds a BA (hons) in Business Studies from The Nottingham Trent University in the UK, is a dual-national, and resides in Raleigh, NC, with his wife and two young children.
Alexis Moran is a graduate of Mississippi State University’s Class of 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering with an Environmental Engineering concentration. Currently, I work in the Infrastructure and Sustainability Department at Ingalls Shipbuilding as a Level II Environmental Engineer. She is also a New Orleans Saints cheerleader.
Dr. Adam Petway, who has over 12 years of experience in strength training and sports performance at the NBA and collegiate levels, is currently an Adjunct Professor in Engineering at Mississippi State University and the Director of Strength & Conditioning for the University of Louisville Men’s Basketball program. Petway most recently served as the Horizontal Jumps Coach/Assistant Track & Field Coach at West Chester (Pa.) University since January. There his coaching emphasis was on horizontals, as well as working with Golden Rams athletes in strength and conditioning programs, rehabilitation and biomechanical assessment and analysis for sprints, jumps and hurdles. He was the Director of Athletic Performance for the NBA Washington Wizards for the 2020-21 season, where he directed all aspects of player performance for the team. In his role with the Wizards, he led the kinetic assessments of each athlete, collaborated with medical staff on player rehab, and designed and implemented training programs for all athletes. Prior to Washington, Petway served as the Lead Biomechanist for Strength & Conditioning for the NBA Philadelphia 76ers after a year as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist with the team. There he assessed and contributed to the general physical preparation for each athlete among other responsibilities for the NBA team.
Petway served as the Director of Strength and Conditioning coach for the University of Arkansas basketball program for over four years (2014-18) after a year as an assistant with the program. While at Arkansas, he oversaw all aspects of the Arkansas men’s basketball strength and conditioning program, including its unique performance training for the Razorbacks’ up-tempo style and the team’s nutritional guidelines. He began his career with strength and conditioning roles at The Catholic University of America, The George Washington University, and the University of Maryland before working with Arkansas basketball.
Petway earned his bachelor’s degree in sports science from the United State Sports Academy in 2013. He completed a Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in sport management at the Universidad Europea de Madrid in 2017 and a doctorate in sports science from Universidad Catolica de Murcia in 2021. Petway also studied applied data science through MIT professional education.
A Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the NSCA, Petway has taught classes at the collegiate level. His thesis research was focused on neuromuscular profiling and match-play demands in elite basketball populations and has been the corresponding author on several peer-reviewed publications related to these topics. Petway published the book Basketball Mechanics, which examines the physical attributes of the top performing basketball athletes in the game.
As a dedicated leader in the U.S. Army, I have dedicated my career to enhancing the holistic health and fitness of our soldiers. With a Master’s degree in fitness training from Ohio State University, I am a certified Master Fitness Trainer and Resilience Trainer, specializing in Tactical Strength and Conditioning and Precision Nutrition. My expertise extends to leadership training from the John Glenn College of Public Affairs, and I have served as a National Spokesperson for the U.S. Army’s “Be All You Can Be” campaign. With 12 years of experience as a Strength & Conditioning Coach, I am currently instructing at the U.S. Army Command & General Staff College, where I continue to champion holistic health and fitness for our soldiers.
Sonya Rahmani is a Director at Booz Allen Hamilton leading the Warfighter Performance solutions within Booz Allen’s Digital Battlespace team. Warfighter Performance is focused on innovative wearable solutions that optimize performance through increased situational awareness, agility, and decision-making support. As part of her role, she leads technical delivery of operationalized and scalable solutions inclusive of emerging technologies for application in the military domain.
She was recently recognized as a Women of Color STEM Awardee in 2020 for her career achievements in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Sonya has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and M.S. in Systems Engineering with over 20 years’ experience supporting complex development and integration projects across DOD and DHS spanning SDLC lifecycle activities.
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.
David Saucier is a research engineer at the Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems (CAVS) in the Human Factors and Athlete Engineering group. He is also lab manager of the Athlete Engineering Research Lab (AERL).
David brings to the table an interdisciplinary skillset based on his experience working with engineers of various disciplines, kinesiologists, fashion design/textile experts, and strength and conditioning coaches of various sports through Athlete Engineering. He leverages his BS and MS in Computer Engineering and software development work from his time at ADTRAN, Inc., to apply industry-standard software and automation solutions to human performance and human factors-oriented problems. As manager of the AERL, he trains and mentors students across multiple disciplines on how to use gold-standard lab equipment, primarily focused on human performance and validation of novel wearable technologies. Most recently, his skills have centered around data science, human performance, grant writing, strong team culture, and student development via technical workshops.
Dr. Meeta Singh, a board-certified psychiatrist and fellowship trained sleep medicine physician, whose
work is concentrated on the science and application of sleep. Her evidence-based approach integrates
individualized medical, psychiatry and behavioral diagnosis and treatment with coaching to improve
clients’ performance through optimizing their sleep health and mental strength. The end goal is to
attain peak physical and mental performance, enhanced health, and quality of life. Her work integrates
individualized medical, psychiatric, and behavioral diagnosis through one-on-one individualized, group,
and organization-wide coaching.
Dr. Singh’s expertise in sleep disorder diagnosis and treatment was forged in Psychiatry at the Mayo
Clinic and through her dual role as a Physician executive and clinician in Sleep Medicine at the Henry
Ford Sleep Center where she developed their sports medicine service line and served as the Chief of
Service for 15 years.
Today, Dr. Singh continues as a driving voice in providing real-time performance sleep medicine
consulting and performance sleep medicine concierge practice, in addition to being requested as
keynote speaker, educational services (videos, podcast etc.), and as an author to produce integrated
sleep optimization programs tailored to the unique needs and condition of her clients. Her sought
after programs provide real-world experience as she works with World-Class Performance
Organizations to optimize their personal and professional performance.
Dr. Singh serves as a consultant to the NFL, MLB, NHL, NBA, Olympic and college sports teams, as
well as large organizations, CEOs and C-suite executives; all seeking to optimize their competitive
performance and overall health and wellness. Dr. Singh serves clients with individualized services that
cut through the hype and disinformation about sleep to provide evidence-based guidance to getting
the sleep needed to maximize their performance.
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.
Dr. Cory Smith is an applied physiologist specializing in neurophysiologial imaging in military and clinical populations. He served as a paramedic for the Department of Defense, trauma teams, and search & rescue teams in the western United States. Dr. Smith has developed and researched neurophysiological clinical assessment techniques, warfighter performance monitoring, and extreme environmental physiology. His work has been funded by the Department of Defense, NIH, foundations, and industry partners.
Dr. Andreas Stamatis is considered an expert in the field of health and sport sciences, currently serving as a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Louisville and a Mental Performance Specialist at the University of Louisville Health. With a diverse educational background encompassing Educational Psychology, Sport Pedagogy, Technology Management, Business Administration, and Economics, Dr. Stamatis brings a unique interdisciplinary approach to the study and application of human performance. His extensive experience spans a variety of roles including curriculum development, research, and teaching in exercise and nutrition sciences. Additionally, his background as a coach and an entrepreneur and service with the Greek Special Operations Forces further enriches his multidisciplinary expertise.
Dr. Stamatis specializes in mental performance and health in athletics, with a particular interest in the intersection of physical and psychological well-being. His work in developing and implementing mental toughness training programs in collegiate sports settings has earned him widespread recognition. He has contributed significantly to the field through numerous publications, conference presentations, and workshops, focusing on the practical application of psychological skills in enhancing athletic performance. At the 2024 Athlete Engineering Summit, Dr. Stamatis will share his insights on mental health and performance, sleep, and recovery, drawing from his rich experience in academia and industry and his hands-on involvement with athletes, coaches, and professionals from various high-stress sectors.
Dr. Gregg Steinberg is a professor of human performance at Austin Peay State University, near Nashville TN. Golf Digest ranked him as one of world’s greatest sports psychologist. Dr. Steinberg is a TEDx speaker and has spoken to many Fortune 100 businesses including Toyota, Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, and Hughes International. He has coached many executives as well as been the mental game coach for many PGA and LPGA players including rookie of the year Brandt Snedeker, Chris Couch and Brian Gay and he was the sports psychologist for the NCAA champion Florida Gator golf team. He is the author of 4 books, the Washington Post bestseller Full Throttle, which illustrates performance psychology principles applied to business: Flying Lessons, which illustrates how to build mental and emotional toughness in children and Mentalrules for golf, which is a golf psychology book and his latest is Fall Up! Turn Adversity into your superpower. His work has appeared in the NY Times, USA Today, and the Wall Street Journal. He has appeared on numerous Television shows including Dancing with the Stars to discuss mental toughness and was the sport psychology expert for Fox News during the 2008 Summer Olympics. You can see more about him at www.DrGreggSteinberg.com
Spencer Tatum is the Founder and Performance Director of Tatum Human Performance. He has a BS in Exercise Physiology and certifications in CSCS, TPI, FMS Level II, OPEX, and USA Weightlifting. Spencer’s unique approach to fitness, performance training, and coaching stems from being an elite college athlete and suffering injuries. He firmly believes there is a clear pathway for clients to reach their goals, which he is carrying out through the development of THP. As a leader and innovator in the field, he has been featured on ESPN for his work in the NFL; CBS sports for his training with Jon Rahm; PGA Tour Superstar; and numerous other media.
Joel Totoro is a registered dietitian and Director of Sports Science at Thorne. He oversees human performance integration with Thorne’s sports partners and serves as a liaison to the medical affairs, research and design teams. He worked on the Performance and Innovation Team at EXOS following a stop as the sports dietitian for the University of Michigan. Totoro also served 8 years as team dietitian for the New England Patriots, becoming the first full-time sports dietitian in professional sports. Totoro also served as the assistant chief dietitian at St. Luke’s Hospital, specializing in trauma nutrition. He holds a B.S. in Allied Health-Dietetics from the University of Connecticut and is an original member and former BoD chairperson for the Collegiate and Professional Sports Dietitian Association.
Colonel James L. Weinstein is the Commander of the 14th Medical Group, Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. He leads 156 Airmen, civilians, and contractors to deliver medical support to one of the Air Force’s busiest pilot training wings. He supports 43,000 wing sorties per year and ensures ready and reliable medical care for a beneficiary population of 13,000. Col Weinstein sustains a $32 million dollar facility, overseas $821,000 in- home station medical response support, and directs an annual budget of $8 million dollars.
Col Weinstein commissioned into the Air Force Dietetic Internship in 1997 and has served in a variety of leadership roles, including squadron commander at Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio, and Andersen AFB, Guam. Col Weinstein received his Ph.D. in Nutritional Science and is a subject matter expert for research, aviation and performance nutrition. He has extensive experience navigating complex medical acquisition, operational testing, and procurement processes. He is married to Dr. Kristen Weinstein, and they have two children, Gavin and Nina.
Jesse K. Wright is a high performance consultant, Amazon best-selling author, and founder of the Balance The Bar initiative. His career has spanned over two decades in the sports industry, including working with organizations in the NBA, NFL, NCAA, and the private sector. He most recently spent 14 years with the Philadelphia 76ers, first as the Head Strength & Conditioning Coach and then as the Director of Performance Science. During this time, he was named the NBA’s Strength & Conditioning Coach of the Year in 2013, an award voted on by his contemporaries in the league. He also served as President of the National Basketball Strength & Conditioning Association from 2013-2015. In addition, he served as chair of the committee that oversees and coordinates the anthropometric and performance testing for the NBA Pre-Draft Combine for six years. During his career, Wright has held Strength & Conditioning Coach positions with Temple University, the Philadelphia Eagles, the Barcelona Dragons (NFL-Europe), Hofstra University Football, and Saint Joseph’s University. Additionally, he served as the Director of Summit Sports Training Center, a group of sports performance facilities located outside of Philadelphia, PA. He received an Exercise Science degree from Temple University and a Master’s of High Performance Sport degree from Australian Catholic University. He is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and a Registered Strength & Conditioning Coach Emeritus (RSCC*E), both from the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA).
Nick Zimmerman joined the Bulldog soccer program on Jan. 23, 2019 after serving as an assistant coach at Columbus State University from 2015-18. Zimmerman works primarily with the Bulldogs’ forwards and midfielders. His third season with Mississippi State saw the Bulldogs’ offense become a little more aggressive than the year prior. The 2020 season, his second with the Bulldogs, was unusual as the program navigated playing during a global pandemic, but the team proved strong. At the finish of the 13-game season, the Dawgs front line out-scored their opponents, producing 1.38 goals per game and out-shot them with 12 shots per game.
In his first season in Starkville, State set program records for goals, assists and points in conference play. The Bulldogs finished SEC play averaging 15.1 shots per game, which ranked fourth in the league. His technical instruction paid off immediately for State’s younger forwards. Nine Bulldogs scored at least once in 2019, including six first-time scorers. Sixteen players recorded a point, which was the most since 20 players did so in 2008. Monigo Karnley and Hailey Farrington-Bentil became the first pair of Bulldogs to score multiple goals after not scoring any in the previous season since 2010.
During his tenure at Columbus State, Zimmerman helped build a top-three scoring offense in the nation.
His first season at CSU saw the Lady Cougars win a Peach Belt Conference regular season and tournament championship on their way to a NCAA Division II national championship appearance. The following year, CSU again won the Peach Belt championship and were national semi-finalists. Zimmerman helped coach 31 Peach Belt All-Conference award winners and 23 DII All-Region winners.
Zimmerman’s coaching experience is extensive, as he has assisted Region II, US Soccer NTC, and ID2 US Club Soccer. He has served on staff at elite camps at the University of Virginia and Florida State University. He was also the Georgia Girls’ Olympic Development Program (ODP) 2000 Team’s head coach. As well as a serving as a coaching course instructor for the U.S. Soccer Federation, Zimmerman held a spot on the United Soccer Coaches NCAA Ranking and Awards Board. He currently holds a USSF “B” License.
Prior to his coaching career, Zimmerman was a four-year starter for James Madison University, where he earned All-Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) rookie team recognition, two All-CAA selections, and one All-Region honor. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in kinesiology and sports management, he was drafted by the New York Red Bulls in the third round of the 2009 MLS SuperDraft. He was then selected by the Philadelphia Union in the 2009 MLS Expansion Draft. Zimmerman also played with Carolina Railhawks FC in the North American Soccer League (NASL), where he was named to the NASL Best XI 2012 and finished second in the league’s Golden Boot race with 12 goals. He most recently signed with the Wilmington Hammerheads of the United Soccer League in 2015. The Tampa, Florida, native also played on the U.S. U-15 National Team in 2001.