Michael E. Hahn, Ph.D.
Dr. Michael Hahn became the director of BSSC in 2012, after having spent four years as a research
scientist at the VAPuget Sound in Seattle and five years as a faculty member at Montana State University in Bozeman. He received a B.S. from Colorado Mesa University in 1996, an M.S. from Iowa State University in 2000, and a Ph.D. from the University of Oregon in 2003. Between graduate degrees, he worked at the Mayo Clinic in the Orthopedic Biomechanics Laboratory, specializing in hand and wrist joint function after injury and joint replacement. His research interests have ranged from prevention of falls, to utilization of computational analysis tools (such as artificial neural networks, support vector machines, and genetic algorithms) for solving complex modeling and optimization tasks, to enhancing the performance of fly-casting. In his spare time, Dr. Hahn assists his wife with backyard farming, enjoys time with his kids and dreams up ways to spend more time fly-fishing.
Marissa Burnsed-Torres, M.S.
Originally from Southern California, Marissa joined the BSSC in April of 2015 as a research assistant. Marissa received her B.S. in Kinesiology in 2012 and her M.S. in Exercise Physiology in 2014 from San Diego State University. Through out her time at SDSU, her research experience was focused around sports nutrition and exercise performance. Her thesis project focused on intermittent carbohydrate consumption on basketball shooting performance and she has a publication within the field of exercise physiology. In her spare time she enjoys working out, running along the river path, enjoying the outdoors, country music and exploring the craft beer scene of Oregon.
Sungwoo Kang, Ph.D., CSCS
Originally from South Korea, Sungwoo joined us at the BSSC in September of 2015 as an exchange research scholar. Before working at BSSC, he worked as a Post-Doctoral researcher at an HTS athletic performance Lab at Kokmin University and as a kinesiology researcher at Hanyang University in Seoul. He received a B.S. in Physical Education from Hanyang University in 2007, M.S. in Sports Medicine in 2009 and Ph.D. in Sports Medicine in 2013 from Korea National Sport University. His research has been focused on injury prevention in training and proprioceptive function of the shoulder in overthrowing athletes, integrating his interests in neuromuscular function and motor control related to injury prevention and strength & conditioning for athletes. In his spare time, he likes to spend time with his wife and 2 daughters and play basketball and baseball.
Jake Hinkel-Lipsker, M.S.
Jake joined the BSSC in 2013 as a doctoral student in Human Physiology after receiving an M.S. in Kinesiology from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo where he focused on neuromechanics of jump landings. In addition to his role as the BSSC administrator and clinician, his dissertation work is using a split-belt treadmill to explore the neural mechanisms behind adaptation to asymmetric gait from a biomechanical and motor control perspective. In his spare time he enjoys being outdoors and active, caring too much about sports, and enjoying the many beer selections of Eugene.
Li Jin, M.S.
Li Jin is a graduate student working on his doctoral degree under Dr. Hahn. He came to the University of Oregon in the fall of 2012 from Fujian Prov. China where he received a B.S. and M.S. in kinesiology from Shanghai University of Sport. He has also participated in research projects focused on the design of basketball shoes for Nike Inc. Li Jin’s research at the BSSC is focusing on the effect of prosthetic foot stiffness on transtibial amputees and comparing biomechanical measurement techniques that are commonly used in the field. In his spare time you can find him on the basketball court, jogging, or practicing Tai Chi.
Evan Day, M.S.
Evan joined the BSSC as a doctoral student in 2015. He grew up in Minnesota and attended Iowa State University for his B.S. and M.S, and also enjoyed a semester escape to the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand. His masters thesis investigated the effects of wedged shoe inserts on iliotibial band mechanics during running. His dissertation research is focused on investigating methods to improve running economy via intrinsic and extrinsic changes in forefoot function. In his free time he enjoys training as a distance runner, hiking in the outdoors, and the breweries of Eugene.
Michael McGeehan, M.S.
Originally from Moscow, ID, Mike joined the BSSC in 2016 after completing a M.S. degree at the University of Oregon in the Sensorimotor Physiology Lab with Dr. Brian Dalton. He also completed a B.A. degree in Exercise Science at Willamette University in 2012. His research interests include human standing balance control and gait neuromechanics. In his free time he likes biking, skiing, surfing, and other outdoor activities.
Originally from Minnesota, Therese is a Human Physiology senior in the college scholars program and became involved with the BSSC in hopes of gaining exposure in all aspects of research such as conducting experiments, processing data, and even being a guinea pig at times. Her interests are more directed toward nutrition and fitness than biomechanics specifically and aims on going to graduate school to study exercise science, sports psychology, and sports nutrition, possibly leading to a career in fitness training for elite athletes. In Therese’s spare time she loves to run, lift, hike, travel, play and record music, and spend time with her family and friends.
Originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, Cesca joined the BSSC team in Fall of 2015. She is currently a senior studying Human Physiology at the University of Oregon as well as in the Robert D. Clark Honors College. She started volunteering in the BSSC to gain experience in research in biomechanics as well as hands on experience in physiological testing. She is considering a career in PT and hopes to integrate course work and practical experience to work with athletes on prevention and rehabilitation after injury as well as creating workouts to maximize human potential. Outside of school, Cesca loves to spend time with family and friends, play soccer, watch sports, and travel.
Eito, a senior in Human Physiology, joined the BSSC in the Spring of 2015. He became involved with the BSSC to gain experience with biomechanics research and physiology testing and has hopes of pursuing the same belief as Bill Bowerman of improving athletes’ performance. His career goal is to work for Nike and plans to go on to graduate school to learn more about sports products. From the knowledge and experience gained through the BSSC, he aspires to apply these skills to develop new sports products. Outside of school, he enjoys watching movies, playing sports, watching track and field, and reading articles about the sports product industry.
Alex is originally from Southern California, and joined the BSSC in Spring 2016 to help build an in-house 3D printer. She is now going into her junior year in Human Physiology, while minoring in Computer Information and Technology (CIT). She is really passionate about athletics (played 4 sports in high school: volleyball, basketball, soccer, and softball). Post-graduation, she hopes to attend graduate school and pursue biomechanics further, with the eventual career goal of working in an analytical research lab, research with an athletic company, and/or working with athletes.
After growing up in Hawaii, Chloe is now a senior at UO, majoring in Human Physiology and minoring in Business Administration. She joined the BSSC in fall 2016 as a clinical physiology assistant. Additionally, she has worked at the UO Student Recreation Center since her sophomore year as a group fitness instructor and personal trainer, and is the president of the Duck Store Board. She hopes to use these experiences to pursue a career in sports performance or preventative care through fitness. In her spare time, she enjoys watching movies, going to sporting events, working out, and cooking.
Sydney was born and raised in Portland, OR and is in his third year as a Human Physiology student at UO. He joined the BSSC in July 2016 to design and test a video game that uses forearm EMG to control a video game. This game, once finished, can be used for rehabilitation and motor learning of wrist control. He will be pursuing a career in medicine or prosthetic design and control. He also enjoys snowboarding, wakeboarding, video games, and traveling in his free time.
Bryson Nakamura, Ph.D.
Bryson worked as a graduate student and clinic assistant at the BSSC from 2012-2016, where he earned his Ph.D. Previously, Bryson earned a B.S. degree in Exercise Science from the University of Puget Sound. His dissertation work was focused on mapping muscle activation patterns of able bodied and amputee subjects during level-ground gait, stair descent/ascent, and ramp descent/ascent. This information will be utilized in the future to help develop state controllers for powered prostheses. He now works in the front office with the Milwaukee Brewers, using his sports science expertise to maximize performance and limit injury in Major League Baseball players.
Shannon Pomeroy, M.S.
Originally from Metro Detroit, Shannon graduated with her B.S. in Movement Science with a minor in Biological Anthropology from the University of Michigan in 2013, and joined the BSSC in 2014 to pursue her M.S. While here, Shannon’s thesis research investigated acute biomechanical adaptations to an ankle-foot orthosis, as a way to simulate ankle fusion surgery. This information can be used to inform physicians and surgeons, who perform these procedures to eliminate the painful symptoms of ankle arthritis. She has now working in industry with Adidas in Portland, OR, using her training to develop and test footwear and other exercise apparel.
Elise Wright, B.S.
Elise has been at the BSSC since its opening after working with Dr. Hahn at the VA Puget Sound in Seattle as a research technician. While with us, she ran the majority of the exercise performance and body composition tests. An avid outdoor enthusiast and athlete herself, Elise enjoyed helping other athletes evaluate and reach their performance goals through the services offered at the clinic. In 2015, she began pursuit of her M.S. in Dr. Chris Minson’s lab with the Human Physiology department at UO.
Kelly Ohm, M.S.
Originally from Seattle, WA, Kelly graduated with her B.A. in Exercise Science from Willamette University in 2012. She also recently graduated from the University of Oregon with a Master’s of Science degree while working here at the BSSC. Kelly’s research involved the evaluation of unexpectedly stopping gait and proxy measures for a complete cessation of walking. Following graduation, Kelly moved to San Antonio, Texas to work as a lab technician at the Center for the Intrepid with her husband and dog, Roman.
Deepak was the first post doctorate at the BSSC. Before leaving us in the fall of 2014 he worked on algorithm design for neural control of lower limb prostheses, which included real-time embedded system development. At present, he is actively involved in teaching and research as an Assistant Professor at Indian Institute for Technology Dehli. He continues to collaborate with the BSSC for the design and development of neural controlled prostheses.
After Michelle completed her work helping build the BSSC laboratory, implementing the biomechanical running protocols, and conducting research on foot stiffness characteristics at the BSSC, she embarked on a lifelong dream of living nomadically and chasing snowstorms in pursuit of her recreational passion: snowboarding. Since the completion of her nomadic season, she has been pursuing a variety of possibilities to transform her career that are ranging from university lecturer, completing a PhD in biomechanics, and/or a complete departure from her current experiences in a brand new and unknown field.
- Tyler Baca, B.S.
- Chehala Jansen-Byrkit, B.S.
- Spencer Smith, B.S.
- Holly Aranda, B.S.
- Eileen Deming, B.S.
- Sara Goodrum, B.S.
- Shannon O’Flaherty, B.S.
- Kiley Pinder, B.S.
- Shaun Resseguie, B.S.
- Alexis Vaughan, B.S.
- Juliana Weiss, B.S.
- Dan Jones, B.S.