JESSIE HUISINGA, Ph.D.
- "As a mentor and a friend, Dr. Stergiou is solely responsible for
shaping my current and future scientific career and for showing
me the impact of a dedicated mentor. He is totally committed
to helping each of his students meet their goals through both a
rigorous graduate training program and through an
understanding to each persons individual needs. Dr. Stergiou is
truly selfless in the giving of his time and talents to providing
a supportive and exciting research environment for his
While I hope to be the type of mentor and advisor to my
future students that Dr. Stergiou was for me, I think that such
a remarkable person is impossible to replicate."
Dr. Huisinga is an Assistant Professor in the Department of
Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science in the Landon
Center on Aging at Kansas University Medical Center.
TROY RAND, M.S.
- "Completing my Masters Degree at the Nebraska Biomechanics
Core Facility was one of the best decisions I have made. The
atmosphere in the lab was very collaborative and the mentoring
is excellent. It was a lot of hard work, taking many
interdisciplinary classes, attending reading clubs, working on
research projects, and teaching classes. The payoff was great,
though, as this really strengthened my CV and set me up to be
successful in my Ph.D. training."
Troy is currently completing his Doctoral Degree under the
supervision of Dr. Mukherjee.
ANASTASIA KYVELIDOU, Ph.D.
- "I would like to thank, from the bottom of my heart, Dr. Nick
Stergiou, who has been my mentor during my master and
doctorate years. As a result of his knowledge and guidance I
have a much better understanding of our discipline. I have
learned so much from him that it is difficult to put into words
how grateful I am for his time invested in me in becoming a
successful academician and researcher. I wish that every
student is as fortunate as me to be mentored by such a
wonderful person and dedicated scientist!"
Dr. Kyvelidou continued her research as a postdoctoral fellow
at Northeastern University and at the University of Nebraska
at Omaha and has returned to the Biomechanics Research
Building as an Assistant Professor.
JOHN CAREY, M.S., CSCS, CPT
- "The combination of coursework, research, and teaching
experience I received at the NBCF has been invaluable to my
career. I had the opportunity to teach several undergraduate
courses, as well as build a research resume through individual
and Lab-based projects. Grant preparation, article writing,
and presentation skills were also developed as part of these
Jon is currently a full-time lecturer at Purdue University in the
Nutrition Sciences/Health & Kinesiology department.
ELENA KOKKONI, M.S.
- "I am grateful to my mentor, Dr. Stergiou, for shaping my
future and showing me the path toward a successful career in
Academia. During the two years of my Master’s degree, I was
exposed to quality research and gained great knowledge on
the field. In addition, Dr. Stergiou taught me how to set and
pursue my goals, while at the same time offering me the tools
for accomplishing them.
This invaluable experience has been proven beneficial for the
next steps in my professional development, and I owe that to
Dr. Stergiou and the outstanding team of the Nebraska
Biomechanics Core Facility."
Elena is currently finishing her Ph.D. at the University of
JIM CAVANAUGH, Ph.D.
- "Of all my mentors and advisors, Dr. Stergiou clearly stands
alone as the most consistent and influential positive force in
my professional development. Dr. Stergiou clearly is
motivated by his love of teaching, sense of duty, and
dedication to scholarly developments of others."
Dr. Cavanaugh is currently an Associate Professor at the
University of New England in Maine.
BETH SMITH, PT, DPT, Ph.D.
- "As a committee member for my Ph.D. dissertation, Nick
played a very large role in shaping my scientific career, and
he continues to do so as a collaborator. I especially value his
willingness to answer my questions. He always does so with
patience, demonstrating a true desire and enthusiasm for
helping me better understand nonlinear analyses. I would not
be able to pursue my research interests without the training
and support he has provided over the years."
Dr. Smith is an Assistant Professor at the University of
Southern California in the Division of Biokinesiology and
REGINA T. HARBOURNE, PT, Ph.D.
- "I know of no other faculty member who would support and
mentor a professional in another discipline as Nick supported
me. He has supported and mentored me in designing research,
writing and submitting grants, and publishing scientific papers.
To me, that is the test of a truly excellent mentor: someone
who helps and guides another individual's development without
regard to their own personal goals."
Dr. Harbourne continues to work as a physical therapist at the
University of Nebraska Medical Center. She maintains an active
JEREMY J. HOUSER, Ph.D.
- "In my entire collegiate career, Dr. Stergiou has been the
most effective and caring professor I have encountered. He
challenged me intellectually and nurtured me. He provided an
environment that was supportive, yet open to thinking for
oneself and learning from one's own mistakes. Dr. Stergiou is
responsible for my professional success. I only hope that I
can provide my students/advisees the same amount of love,
respect and intellectual challenges that Dr. Stergiou has
Dr. Houser is currently an Associate Professor in the
Department of Anatomy at the Kirksville College of
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