Dr. Emily Lawrence

Director of Bio Mechanics

Passion Statement
I have a strong passion for both athletics and engineering and have the unique opportunity to combine the two by incorporating engineering principles to understand the effects of neuromuscular function on athletic ability.

Experience

  • Earned BS, MS, and PhD (expected May 2016) degrees in Biomedical Engineering with focuses on sensorimotor processing, rehabilitation engineering, and neuroscience
  • Earned a National Science Foundation GK-12 Fellowship during Master’s studies. Responsibilities included authoring grants to obtain educational supplies and working with area STEM teachers to develop hands-on activities that correspond to lesson plans
  • Provided engineering support to the Neuroscience Motion Laboratory at NASA’s Johnson Space Center to determine how microgravity-based changes in sensorimotor ability, cardiovascular function, and muscle physiology impact functional performance in astronauts (5 short duration (Shuttle) and 4 long duration (ISS) missions)
  • Managed a biomedical research lab at the University of Southern California while simultaneously pursuing a PhD in Biomedical Engineering
  • Developed an analytical engineering approach to optimizing sports performance and mitigate injury risk in athletes, particularly young female athletes
  • Possess a strong background in clinical research and analysis techniques, hardware and software development, and prototype design
  • Published 9 full-length peer-reviewed manuscripts and have presented 27 research abstracts at 16 National and International conferences
  • Competed at the National or International level in four sports: gymnastics, soccer, disc golf, and rugby
  • NCAA Division I Soccer, Mississippi State University; USA Rugby Senior Club Division I, Santa Monica Women’s Rugby Club, currently ranked 4th in the Nation
  • Active volunteer with Habitat for Humanity and organized women’s disc golf leagues in Louisiana and Texas to promote women’s involvement in sports

Top Strengths

  • Passion for knowledge and learning
  • Determination
  • Innovative nature
  • Strong organizational abilities
  • Forward thinker, foresight, strong intuition

Values

  • Honor
  • Trustworthiness
  • Loyalty

 


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