Keynote speakers

We have scheduled excellent keynote speakers this year, featuring diverse and compelling research areas.

Sheila Patek, PhD

PatekHeadshotDr. Sheila Patek is an Associate Professor of Biology at Duke University in Durham, NC.  Her world-renowned research program addresses the mechanics and evolution of ultra-fast movements in biological systems and the evolutionary mechanics of movement and communication. Dr. Patek received her A.B. with honors in Biology from Harvard University, and her Ph.D. in Biology from Duke University. Her postdoctoral training was at UC Berkeley, where she was awarded a Miller Postdoctoral Fellowship. Her honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, the George A. Bartholomew Award for distinguished contributions to comparative physiology, a Radcliffe Fellowship, a NSF CAREER award, and the Brilliant 10 award from Popular Science magazine.

Tibor Hortobágyi, PhD

HortobágyiHeadshotDr. Hortobágyi is a Professor in Movement and Healthy Ageing at the University Medical Center Groningen, the Netherlands, and is our International Society of Biomechanics Invited Speaker. His work examines acute and chronic neuromechanical adaptations to exercise in young and older adults, and seeks mechanisms to promote and maintain quality of life through exercise. Dr. Hortobágyi was director of the Biomechanics Lab at East Carolina University, Greenville, NC for nearly 20 years and collaborated extensively with Dr. Paul DeVita. Together, they received multiple NIH awards and published over 30 papers on topics related to effects of age, obesity, knee osteoarthritis, and ACL injury on gait biomechanics and concerning neural control of voluntary movement in health and disease using transcranial magnetic brain stimulation. His planned talk, The Biomechanical Plasticity of Human Gait: Gait Speed the Sixth Vital Sign, will focus on integrating biomechanical analysis, exercise intervention, and gait speed as an important marker of overall health and quality of life in aging. Dr. Hortobágyi received his bachelor degree in Exercise and Sport Sciences at the University College (now part of the Semmelweis Medical University) in Budapest, Hungary, and earned his PhD at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Duane Knudson, PhD

Dr. Knudson is Professor and Chair in the Department of Health and Human Performance at Texas State University.  Dr. Knudson is the International Society of Biomechanics in Sports (ISBS) Invited Speaker and will present Application of Tennis Biomechanics in the Court and Beyond. Dr. Knudson pioneered conductive elastomer measurement of hand forces in tennis strokes, innovative smoothing of kinematic data near impacts, and has published influential studies in the etiology of tennis elbow. His research on hand forces, muscle activations, kinematics, and kinetics during tennis strokes, as well as other research has informed instruction and conditioning for tennis and other sports. He has brought biomechanics research to tennis teachers and coaches thorough service on USTA Sport Science and Technical Committees, presentations, and publication of books and articles for professionals. Dr. Knudson earned his PhD at the University of Wisconsin and has published over 90 peer-reviewed journal articles, 28 proceedings papers, 14 chapters, and three books. He has been a long-time member of ASB (1987) and ISBS (1991).