Promising Student Award
Promising Student Award
NEW this year! Promising Graduate Student Award
The Promising Graduate Student Award will acknowledge one student who has performed superior research in the field of Biomechanics or Human Movement Science in general. It entails a certificate as well as a monetary prize. Three finalists will be selected and given the opportunity to present their work for 15 minutes + 5 minutes of questions during the Promising Graduate Student podium session. The awardee will be announced during the awards ceremony. Non-awardee finalists will be eligible for the other awards.
Arash Mohammadzadeh Gonabadi
Arash Mohammadzadeh Gonabadi serves as an assistant director of research in the Institute for Rehabilitation Science and Engineering at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital while simultaneously completing his Ph.D. in exercise science and biomechanics at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (expected graduation in 2021). As a research assistant in biomechanics at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, he has gained valuable experience working in the areas of assistive devices, exoskeletons, human movement variability (gait analysis), robotics, prosthesis, artificial intelligence limbs, metabolic cost reduction by exoskeletons, elbow exoskeleton (developing controllers), Humotech (developing controllers and heel-strike detection), footswitch (developing the prototypes, prediction risk of fall), ankle exoskeleton (developing controllers), and hip exoskeleton (developing the prototype and controllers) to name a few examples. Most recently, as a member of Madonna’s research and development team, he has been designing technology innovations to address the immediate clinical needs of adults and children recovering from a wide range of injuries and illnesses.
Corbin Rasmussen is a Ph.D. student in Exercise Science with a concentration in Biomechanics at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and works with Dr. Nathaniel Hunt as a Doctoral Research Assistant. Corbin’s research aims to understand balance recovery in response to slips during various walking tasks and environments, such as turning or traversing a sloped surface. To do this, he and other members of the research team developed the Wearable Apparatus for Slip Perturbations (WASP), a portable device that can wirelessly deliver mechanically unconstrained slips at any point during the gait cycle. Through this work, Corbin hopes to reduce the burden of falling on society by informing more effective and comprehensive fall prevention methods.
Farahnaz Fallah Tafti
Farah is a doctoral student in Biomechanics, and particularly human movement science. She has been involved with multiple research studies investigating gait and balance in older adults, patients with COPD and even athletes in athletic fields. She is interested in understanding the underlying factors that cause failure in balance control in older adults, and ultimately to develop targeted interventions to reduce the risk of falls. To determine the best approach to prevent falls in the elderly we need to study the integration of new technologies and methods so that we can identify the risk of fall during challenging situations in older adults. She has successfully collaborated with scientists in other disciplines such as physical therapy and gerontology, and anticipates defending her dissertation and graduating in Spring 2021.
To be eligible for the award, a candidate must:
- Be a current student actively enrolled in a graduate program.
- Be working or have worked in the field of Biomechanics, Human Movement Science or equivalent.
- Submit all requested supporting documentation by the deadline: January 27th, 2020.
Prior to the application submission deadline, each candidate must:
- Submit a full curriculum vitae
- Submit a one-page document listing up to three scientific achievements, and describe what their role was in this achievement (e.g., scientific paper; international conference podium presentation; development of device; patent; etc.).
- Provide a one-page interpretative summary (one-inch margin, Times New Roman 12) describing their research contribution to the field of Biomechanics or Human Movement Science in general, including a statement on the impact (clinical/translational/scientific) of their work.
Award submissions are open from November 1, 2019 – January 27, 2020. Please submit required documentation via email to email@example.com.