Invited Speakers

The 2019 Footwear Biomechanics Symposium will have many distinguished speakers including four keynotes and four invitied speakers. 

The first invited speakers will include:

Berthold Krabbe - Sen. Sport Science Director, adidas AG

Berti is working with the adidas AG since 1997 in various positions related to sport science and innovation. Since 2011 he has been the Sen. Sport Science Director in the adidas Future Innovation team. He has global responsibility for all sport science relevant external and internal activities of the brand including all sport categories with specific focus on functional performance driven innovations. Berti, received his PhD in Biomechanics from the German Sports University in Cologne in 1993, with his scientific interests and activities related to the modeling of the human body to calculate movement and loading characteristics during dynamic sport movements. Besides modeling he applied these methods to identify the influence of sport equipment and sport surfaces on performance, injury prevention, and comfort.



Alison Sheets-Singer - Nike Sport Research Lab

Alison Sheets-Singer leads a Biomechanics Team in the Nike Sport Research Lab focused on creating innovative products and services that enhance the performance of athletes of all abilities. Prior to joining Nike, Dr. Sheets-Singer was an Assistant Professor at The Ohio State University in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. She received her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University, Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of CA, Davis, and was Postdoctoral Researcher at Stanford University. In these roles, Dr. Sheets-Singer used experimental approaches and computer simulation, modeling, and optimization to research topics including: optimal gymnastics performance, landing dynamics, tennis serve technique, dynamics of throwing with a lacrosse stick, and quantifying human and animal motion using markerless tracking techniques. Dr. Sheets-Singer is a recipient of the Andrzej Komor New Investigator Award from the International Society of Biomechanics, Technical Group on Computer Simulation for her work related to optimizing gymnastics performance. Additionally, Dr. Sheets-Singer was an invited speaker at the 2012 Japan America Frontiers of Engineering Symposium sponsored by the National Academy of Engineering, and is co-chair of the New Voices in Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine sponsored by the US National Academies.


Julie Steele - University of Wollongong, Australia

Julie Steele is a Senior Professor in Biomechanics in the School of Medicine, at University of Wollongong, Australia.  She is also Founder and Director of both the Biomechanics Research Laboratory and Breast Research Australia (BRA).  Over the past 35 years, Julie’s research has focused on developing innovative strategies, based on applied biomechanics, to decrease injury potential and optimise quality of life for individuals across the age spectrum.  She has investigated lower limb injuries in landings; developing wearable technologies to enhance quality of life; breast health biomechanics, as well as the effects of obesity, ageing and occupational loading on lower limb structure and function with implications for footwear design.  Julie has published ~170 peer-reviewed articles and presented over 350 scientific talks around the world.  She has also been the recipient of numerous research awards, including 2005 NSW Telstra Business Woman of the Year.  A current member of the World Council of Biomechanics and Fellow of ISB, Julie has served on the Executive Council of several professional associations, including being President of the International Society of Biomechanics and the Australian & New Zealand Society of Biomechanics.

One more invited speakers for the 2019 Footwear Biomechanics Symposium will be announced in the near future!