Award winners

tsg_6_16Borelli Award: Ted Gross

Dr. Ted S. Gross, Ph.D., is a Professor and the Sigvard T. Hansen, Jr. Endowed Chair in the Department of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine at the University of Washington. Dr. Gross received a B.S. in Engineering Science from Trinity University in San Antonio, a M.S. in Sport Biomechanics from The Pennsylvania State University, and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. His Post-Doctoral studies were pursued at the McCaig Centre for Joint Diseases at the University of Calgary. Since arriving at the University of Washington over 15 years ago, Dr. Gross has been fortunate to explore his research interests within the framework of a multi-faculty, multi-disciplinary bone biology research group, the Orthopaedic Science Laboratories. His recent areas of research focus include exploring how to make low magnitude skeletal loading osteogenic, understanding the role of neuromuscular function in mediating bone homeostasis, and identifying strategies to inhibit heterotopic ossification.

jill-mcnittgrayHay Award: Jill McNitt-Gray

Dr. McNitt-Gray is a Professor of Biological Sciences and Biomedical Engineering and Director of the USC Biomechanics Research Lab at the University of Southern California. Dr. McNitt-Gray’s research converges at the intersection of neuromuscular control and musculoskeletal dynamics. Her team uses experimental and dynamic modeling approaches to test research hypotheses specific to control priorities during physically-demanding well-practiced tasks that often involve impact. Findings from this body of work assist in the development of effective methods for risk reduction and performance enhancement of individuals with varied abilities (clinical populations as well as elite athletes). She actively collaborates with Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center and the Veterans Administration and has served as a biomechanist for the International Olympic Committee, the US Olympic Committee, multiple National Governing Bodies of Sport, and the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Dr. McNitt-Gray is a USC Mellon Mentor and is actively involved in translation of science into the practice. Dr. McNitt-Gray completed her doctoral degree in biomechanics the Pennsylvania State University. Prior to her doctoral studies, she completed her masters degree in the area of biomechanics at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and her undergraduate degree in mathematics and statistics at Miami University where she competed in two sports and earned a Certificate in Coaching.

EmilyLawrencePredoctoral Young Scientist Award: Emily Lawrence

Emily Lawrence received BS and MS degrees in Biomedical Engineering from Louisiana Tech University in 2004 and 2006, respectively. After graduation, she provided engineering support to the Neuroscience Motion Laboratory at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. She was involved in the development of an integrated set of functional and physiological tests to determine how microgravity-induced changes in sensorimotor processing, cardiovascular function, and muscle physiology impact functional performance. More recently, for the last five years, she has been under the guidance and mentorship of Professor Francisco Valero-Cuevas at the University of Southern California while both pursuing a PhD in Biomedical Engineering and managing the Brain-Body Dynamics Laboratory. Her research interests include applying nonlinear dynamical analyses to quantify sensorimotor processing during dexterous manipulation and to understand the effects of sex, age, and clinical conditions. Upon completion of her dissertation and graduation in May, she transitioned to a position as Director of Biomechanics at Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks, CA where she will develop research and training protocols designed to optimize performance and reduce injury risk.

Steele1BPostdoctoral Young Scientist Award: Kat Steele

Kat M. Steele is an Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Washington. Her research focuses on integrating dynamic simulation, motion analysis, medical imaging, and device design to improve quality of life for individuals with neurologic disorders. She also co-directs AccessEngineering, an NSF-supported program to encourage individuals with disabilities to pursue careers in engineering and integrate topics on universal design and accessibility into the engineering curriculum. She earned her BS in Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and MS and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University. To integrate engineering and medicine, she has worked in multiple hospitals including Denver Children’s Hospital, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. She has been awarded an NIH K12 Career Development Award in Rehabilitation Engineering and an NSF CAREER Early Faculty Development Award.