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

The three keynote speakers will include:

Thor Besier - University of Auckland

Thor is an Associate Professor at the Auckland Bioengineering Institute at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. He completed his PhD in Biomechanics at The University of Western Australia where he developed EMG-driven models to estimate muscle forces and investigated mechanisms of non-contact knee ligament injury. Thor spent 8 years at Stanford University combining medical imaging with computational models to understand the mechanical aetiology of patellofemoral pain. His current projects combine wearable sensors with computational models to develop novel interventions for musculoskeletal disorders, such as stroke and osteoarthritis.




Richard Kent - University of Virginia

Rich KentOver the course of his 20-year career, Dr. Kent has published over 200 articles on the biomechanics of injury and the design and assessment of injury prevention countermeasures. Dr. Kent’s background as an international expert in automotive crash injury prevention has informed the NFL’s research to improve assessment tools for sports injury protection equipment, including helmets, shoulder pads, thigh pads, knee pads, footwear, and turf. Dr. Kent is a Professor of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, and Emergency Medicine at the University of Virginia and past Deputy Director of the UVA Center for Applied Biomechanics. Dr. Kent is a past Director, current Fellow, and Award of Merit recipient of the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine, a Fellow of the Society of Automotive Engineers, and a member of the Stapp Advisory Committee.


Rodger Kram - University of Colorado Boulder

Dr. Kram’s primary research interest is the biomechanical basis for the energetic cost of locomotion. He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific articles, including some in prestigious journals such as Nature, Science and the Proceedings of the Royal Society. Kram and his lab recently performed the external testing of the Nike ZoomX Vaporfly 4% shoe. In addition to his human studies, Dr. Kram has studied more than 40 animal species ranging in size from ants to elephants and in speed from tortoises to pronghorn antelope, none of whom wear shoes.