KIN Dept Welcomes Two New Faculty in Biomechanics

We are pleased to announce that Dr. JJ Hannigan and Dr. Li Jin have accepted the Biomechanics positions and will be joining us in the Fall 2019 semester. Both earned their M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Human Physiology-Biomechanics at the University of Oregon, Eugene.

JJ also earned a Master’s degree in Athletic Training at St. Louis University and is a certified athletic trainer.  His dissertation was on Neuromuscular Control of the Hip, Pelvis, and Trunk During Running.  Currently a postdoctoral research fellow at Oregon State University, Cascades, JJ is working in the Functional Orthopedic Research Center of Excellence in Bend, Oregon.  His research interests include mechanisms underlying lower extremity injuries, knee osteoarthritis and, recently, maximal running shoes.

JJ’s bio here:

Li JinLi’s dissertation focused on a Kinematic and Kinetic Analysis of Walking and Running Across Speeds and Transitions Between Locomotion States.  He is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Iowa, working in the Human Performance and Clinical Outcomes Laboratory.  His research interests include gait analysis, footwear evaluation, and prosthetic foot research, including the use of wearable sensors.

Li’s Bio here:

Both have publications and papers under review in journals including the Journal of Applied Biomechanics and Human Movement Science, as well as a number of presentations at professional meetings including the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Biomechanics.

Forefoot Running Symposium Spring 2015

On Saturday, February 7, Dr. Koa will be presenting an update to the forefoot running symposium given last year.  More than 50 articles were published related to forefoot, barefoot, and minimalist shoe running in 2014.  He will be presenting a selection of these the articles that are the most relevant to identifying the benefits of forefoot running, the importance of proper shoe selection, and the methods of training to become a forefoot runner.  The symposium will be a little lecture, a little demonstration, and a lot of discussion.  This is not a lecture.  This is seeing how Biomechanical research can be used to cause real-world changes to movement activity millions of people do for physical activity and fitness.
This symposium is a fund-raising event for a non-profit organization (Silicon Valley Applied Biomechanics – SVAB).  One of the program directors at SVAB is a former KIN major (Jonathan Williams).  Come support his work at SVAB to fight childhood obesity.  As an incentive to encourage SJSU students to attend, the symposium fee of $20 has been reduced to $5 for SJSU students.  Please pre-register if you plan on attending.  Registration information is on the flyer.
The symposium will be held in YUH 124 from 9:00 – 3:00 pm.  We hope to see you at the Forefoot Running Symposium Spring 2015.
Running Symposium Flyer

Running Symposium Flyer