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Faculty & Staff Honors

UMass Faculty to Lead the American Society of Biomechanics

Dr. Brian Umberger, associate professor of kinesiology at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences, has been elected to the position of President-Elect of the America Society of Biomechanics (ASB). He will serve a three-year term on the ASB executive board as president-elect (2017-2018), president (2018-2019) and past-president (2019-2020). He previously served as the ASB Program Chair in 2013-2014.

[Photo: Dr. Brian Umberger]

Biomechanics is the field of study that involves the application of mechanical principles in the study of biological systems. The ASB was founded in 1977 to encourage and foster the exchange of information and ideas among biomechanists working in different disciplines and fields of application, and to facilitate the development of biomechanics as a basic and applied science. It has a membership of almost 1000 academic researchers, clinicians, scientists, students, and industry members working to solve basic and applied problems in the realm of biomechanics and to improve understanding of the workings of biological systems.

In his candidacy statement, Dr. Umberger focused on strategic planning to help guide the future of the Society and advocacy for science and scientists in a challenging climate.

“It is a great honor to have been elected by my peers to serve this leadership role in the Society,” says Dr. Umberger. “ASB has undergone a period of rapid growth in recent years and I look forward to working with the rest of the executive board as we plan for the continued success of the Society and its members.”

Dr. Umberger’s research is focused on better understanding the biomechanics, energetics and control of human locomotion. His current research encompasses topics that range from the evolutionary origins of human bipedal locomotion to the development of assistive devices to help restore mobility in people with lower limb amputation. In this work, he uses a combination of experimental and computational modeling approaches. Dr. Umberger’s research has primarily been funded by the National Science Foundation.