A major change in the fall of 2011 shifted my focus from providing consulting services through Crossroads to training future engineers at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. I am now a full-time Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering at Pitt-Johnstown during the academic year (from the beginning of September to the end of April) leaving only summers and “extra” time during the school year for consulting work.
Joe McFerron, Mark Musolino, and Kurt Beschorner have previously been associated with Crossroads Consulting and still may provide project level support. If you need to get in touch with any of them, please let me know.
I earned my PhD in Bioengineering from the University of Pittsburgh in 2006 where I worked with faculty members Mark Redfern and Rakie’ Cham to design and equip the Human Movement and Balance Laboratory (HMBL), a research facility dedicated to the collection and analysis of human movement data. That facility combines a retro-reflective, passive marker, IR camera system with force plates and various other analog and digital signal acquisition and control hardware via a custom, LabVIEW-based graphical user interface. While working with HMBL, I contributed to their analytical model of the human body which is used to generate kinematic and kinetic (inverse dynamics) analysis results and has been applied to slip-and-fall research. My work with HMBL continues via a research collaboration with Kurt Beschorner as we seek to better understand and measure contributors to slips during gait. Most recently, that effort has led to the creation of a biofidelic coefficient of friction measurement device.
In addition to my PhD in Bioengineering from Pitt, I have also earned an MS in Mechanical Engineering from Pitt and, from Carnegie Mellon University, a BS in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Bioengineering.
Crossroads remains available to provide services based on core competencies including: