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Thurmon Lockhart

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Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 9709
Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 9709
Biography

Dr. Lockhart is a Professor in the Biomedical Engineering and Biological Design program in the School of Biological Health and Systems Engineering at Arizona State University.  He is also an Adjunct Professor at Barrow Neurological Institute and Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology, and a Guest Professor at Ghent University in Belgium. Previously (2000-2014), Dr. Lockhart was a Professor at Virginia Tech, Industrial and Systems Engineering Department and, Virginia Tech/Wake Forest School of Biomedical Engineering and Science. 

Professor Lockhart’s research and publications concern the identification of injury mechanisms and quantification of sensorimotor deficits and movement disorders associated with aging and neurological disorders on fall accidents. His academic grounding in biomechanical modeling, nonlinear dynamics, human postural control, gait mechanics, and wearable biosensor design underscore a fundamental capacity to provide unique clinical solutions to injury preventions utilizing both engineering and biomedical principles.  As a result of above initiatives, Dr. Lockhart has published 5 book chapters and more than 200 full-length manuscripts in a variety of journals and proceedings.  Professor Lockhart was an Editor for Ergonomics (2010-2016) and is currently an Associate Editor of the Annals of Biomedical Engineering (Springer) and Editorial Board of the Ergonomics (Taylor & Francis), Academic Editor of the Sensors, and Board of Consulting Editors of the Journal of Biomechanics (Elsevier).

Professor Lockhart has worked on a number of research projects in the area of human locomotion, gait and posture, and wearable sensors.  His efforts have involved contractual research and development from the National Science Foundation (NSF), CDC, NIH, National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Office of Naval Research (ONR), Department of Labor (DOL), Whitaker Foundation, Los Alamos National Laboratory, UPS, ITT and others.   Additionally, collaboration with ITT in development of the new “Night-Vision” system in 2014 has led to the patent-8648897: A System and Method for Dynamically Enhancing Depth Perception in Head Borne Video Systems.

Dr. Lockhart has translated research findings into practice by reaching a significant number of external organizations and individuals.  His outreach efforts have impacted several organizations including the UPS, Diageo, Los Alamos National Security, DOE, GE, BP, SnapOn Tools and the US Navy.  In recognition of these scientific achievements, Dr. Lockhart and co-workers were awarded the Alexander C. Williams, Jr., Design Award from the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society in 2008.  His research was recently featured on the PBS NOVA ScienceNow and Good Morning America programs, Fortune, AgingWell, Men’s Health and Discover magazines. 

Research Interests

 

  • Fall risk prediction and assessments
  • Movement Disorders (e.g., Parkinson’s disease, Stroke, Ataxia)
  • Gait and Posture, Locomotion and Postural Control, and Nonlinear Dynamics
  • Wireless wearable sensors for continuous, non-invasive gait monitoring to accurately detect and study fall events and predict future falls in the elderly population
  • Interventions (nutrition/exercise) to reduce falls in older adults
  • Occupational fall prevention training

 

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/tech/what-future-be-like.html

 

http://sciencebusiness.technewslit.com/?p=5693

 

http://www.insidescience.org/content/preventing-slips-trips-and-falls/535

 

http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/health/2008-02-11-311954235_x.htm

 

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/study-why-a-slip-becomes-a-fall/

 

http://www.nbcnews.com/id/23115292/ns/health-aging/t/small-tumbles-can-predict-seniors-serious-falls/#.VBxm6GotATk

 

http://www.kveo.com/news/making-strides-in-preventing-falls

 

http://phys.org/news136633890.html

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cTuqgr8vd7o

 

http://compass.ups.com/article.aspx?id=438

 

http://www.workplacesafetyadvisors.com/slip-trip-and-fall-protection.html

 

http://www.zdnet.com/blog/emergingtech/e-textiles-to-monitor-your-health/727

 

http://www.dynamicchiropractic.com/mpacms/dc/article.php?id=55301

 

http://www.todaysgeriatricmedicine.com/archive/091712p26.shtml

 

http://www.globalaging.org/health/us/slip.htm

http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/on-small-business/as-america-grays-businesses-help-seniors-age-in-place/2012/01/24/gIQANHhyVS_story.html

Research Activity
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
ASU 101-BMEThe ASU Experience
BME 394Special Topics
BME 492Honors Directed Study
BME 493Honors Thesis
BME 598Special Topics
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
BME 394Special Topics
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
ASU 101-BMEThe ASU Experience
BME 394Special Topics
BME 492Honors Directed Study
BME 493Honors Thesis
BME 494Special Topics
BME 593Applied Project
BME 598Special Topics
BDE 792Research
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
ASU 101-BMEThe ASU Experience
BME 492Honors Directed Study
BME 493Honors Thesis
BME 592Research
BME 593Applied Project
BME 598Special Topics
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
ASU 101-BMEThe ASU Experience
BME 492Honors Directed Study
BME 493Honors Thesis
BME 593Applied Project
BDE 792Research
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
ASU 101-BMEThe ASU Experience
BME 492Honors Directed Study
BME 493Honors Thesis
BME 593Applied Project
BME 598Special Topics
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
BME 182Biomedical Prod Dsgn & Dev I
BME 593Applied Project