HPL Staff

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PROFESSOR JEREMY PATTERSON

Director, Human Performance Lab

Professor Jeremy Patterson has a recognized research history in clinical exercise physiology. He is an international leader in high-risk clinical population assessments and research interests in instrumentation validation and development. Dr. Patterson is also the Director of the Institute for Interdisciplinary Creativity, Katherine & Edith Erker Endowed Professor, Director of WIDGET, a Coleman Fellow for Entrepreneurship and has appointments in Biomedical Engineering and the Honors College. He holds several patents and has helped start more than 25 businesses through the HPL.

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PROFESSOR MICHAEL ROGERS

Department Chair, Human Performance Studies

Professor Michael Rogers is internationally recognized for his research concerning the effects of balance and resistance training on older adults. He has more than 90 published papers and made more than 400 presentations, regularly presenting in Europe and Asia. Currently, Dr. Rogers is collaborating on studies regarding the efficacy of community-based exercise programs throughout Japan where he has visited 16 times and held visiting scholar positions twice. In addition, he works with several companies on product development and evaluation in the HPL. Dr. Rogers also serves as graduate coordinator for the Exercise Science Program and the director for the WSU Center for Physical Activity and Aging.

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ASSISTANT PROFESSOR HEIDI VANRAVENHORST-BELL

Human Performance Studies

Dr. Heidi Bell has an established interdisciplinary line of research in clinical exercise physiology and orofacial function. She is internationally recognized for her work in promoting healthy tongue muscle performance through physical activity. Dr. Bell has coordinated a professional networking system between the medical and health & fitness industries within the Greater Wichita Community. She is the owner/partner and CEO of three companies, each conceptualized through HPL. Dr. Bell is also recognized as an innovative entrepreneur and mentors aspiring entrepreneurial leaders.

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ASSISTANT PROFESSOR DR. RYAN AMICK

Dr. Ryan Amick has an established interdisciplinary research history. His professional and research experiences include musculoskeletal injury biomechanics and rehabilitation, implantable medical devices, biomechanical and physiological assessment using mobile consumer electronics technology, industrial/factory ergonomics, industrial epidemiology, and aviation human factors in cockpit design. He has also served as the Human Factors and Ergonomics Discipline Lead in the Anthropometry and Biomechanics Facility at NASA-Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX, where he applied his expertise to the design and development of spacecraft flight equipment, spacesuits, procedures and systems. Dr. Amick has received multiple awards for his work including the Lockheed Martin Special Recognition Award for Mission Success, as well as the NASA Outstanding Mentor Award for outstanding performance and contribution to the NASA-Johnson Space Center Education and Mentorship Program.

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INSTRUCTOR BOBBY BERRY

Manager, HPL

Instructor Bobby Berry is well versed in working with diverse populations, he received a grant from the Regional Institute of Aging for his work with older adults, and has also had his work on college-aged students published in MSSE. He comes with many years of experience, working with people of all ages, levels and backgrounds including collegiate and professional athletes. Bobby currently helps create and implements a Speed and Agility summer camp that focuses on overall athletic development, from improving explosive ability to improved aerobic endurance. His experience with athletes, industry connections throughout the community, as well as his education in Exercise Science and Sports Management help enable him to contribute to a diverse network of clients and companies offering various forms of fitness consulting. Currently, Bobby is an Instructor at Wichita State University teaching multiple classes within the Human Performance Studies Department.