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Thurmon Lockhart

Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 9709
Biography

Thurmon Lockhart is a professor in the biomedical engineering program in the School of Biological Health and Systems Engineering at Arizona State University. He is also a guest professor at Ghent University in Belgium and serves as a research affiliate faculty member with Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology. Previously, Lockhart was a professor at Virginia Tech in the Industrial and Systems Engineering Department and with the Virginia Tech/Wake Forest School of Biomedical Engineering and Science (2000-2014). 

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, Lockhart has published five 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). Lockhart is the editor-in-chief for Wearable Biomedical Systems section of the newly created journalSci.

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.

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 U.S. Navy. In recognition of these scientific achievements, 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.

Education

Ph.D. Industrial and Systems Engineering, Texas Tech-Lubbock 2000. Dissertation: Biomechanics of Slips  and Falls.

Videos
BNI - Udall Talk
Research Interests

Since I was a graduate student, I have had specific career plans relevant to the field of aging and injury prevention.  My ultimate goal has focused on improving the lives of current and future older adults and their families through my efforts as an academic and as a public servant.  I am able to accomplish this goal by the research missions of the Arizona State University.  I have sounded themes in my research agenda as they pertain to aging and injury prevention.  My current 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.  My academic grounding in biomechanical modeling, nonlinear dynamical systems, human postural control, gait mechanics, and wearable biomedical sensor design underscore a fundamental capacity to provide unique clinical solutions to injury preventions utilizing both engineering and biomedical principles. 

​Areas of 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
Research Activity
  1. Co-Principal Investigator:  Michael J. Fox Foundation:  Protective Step Training in People with PD and Postural Disturbances. (PI:  Dan Peterson, CoPIs:  Thurmon Lockhart)  ($409,007):  11/01/2018– 10/31/2020
  2. Co-Principal Investigator:  NSF-1840396:  Planning Grant:  Engineering Research Center for Aging-centric Engineering Technologies.  (PI:  Balaji Narasimhan, CoPIs:  Thurmon Lockhart, Ramesh Jain, Christopher Hertzog, and Jennifer Margrett.  NSF-EEC Div of Eng Education and Centers.  ($98,385):  09/01/2018– 08/31/2019
  3. Principal Investigator:  Effects of L-DOPS on Falls in Patients with Neurogenic Orthostatic Hypotension (NOH).  Lundbeck PI (ASU): Lockhart and PI (BNI): Lieberman. This study will for the first time test a drug that can mitigate syncopal falls in the elderly ($273,482-BNI, ASU-$65,373)) 06/15/2018 – 04/25/2020
  4. Principal Investigator:  Effects of L-DOPS on Gait and Postural Stability.  Lundbeck.  PI (ASU):  Lockhart and PI (BNI): Lieberman.  The primary objective of this study is to assess the mechanisms leading to falls reduction observed in previous studies using L-DOPS treatment by PD patients with neurogenic orthostatic hypotension (NOH).  ($174,355):  01/2018 – 12/2020
  5. Principal Investigator:  BRAIN Project:  Custom Designed Wearable Sensor System for Fall Risk  Assessment.  ASU:C Building Reliable Adv Innovation Neurotech (BRAIN). 08/14/2017– 12/13/2018
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
BME 122Statistics for Biomedical Eng
BME 394Special Topics
BME 492Honors Directed Study
BME 493Honors Thesis
BME 592Research
BME 599Thesis
BME 792Research
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
BME 122Statistics for Biomedical Eng
BME 394Special Topics
BME 492Honors Directed Study
BME 493Honors Thesis
BME 592Research
BME 598Special Topics
BME 599Thesis
BME 792Research
BDE 792Research
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
ASU 101-BMEThe ASU Experience
BME 122Statistics for Biomedical Eng
BME 316Biomechanics for BME
BME 394Special Topics
BME 492Honors Directed Study
BME 493Honors Thesis
BME 592Research
BME 599Thesis
BME 792Research
Summer 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
BME 394Special Topics
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
ASU 101-BMEThe ASU Experience
BME 394Special Topics
BME 416Biomechanics
BME 492Honors Directed Study
BME 493Honors Thesis
BME 592Research
BME 599Thesis
BME 792Research
BDE 792Research
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
Honors / Awards
  • Alexander C. Williams, Jr., Design Award (HFES, 2008)
  • ADA Disability Research Award (2007)
  • Liberty Mutual Best Paper Award (Published in Ergonomics, 2003-2004) (2005)
  • The Whitaker Foundation Biomedical Engineering Grant Investigator (2003)
  • CDC/NIH Special Emphasis Research Career Award (SERCA K01) (2001)
  • ARCS Scholar, Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (1999)
Editorships
  • 2010 – Present             Associate Editor, Annals of Biomedical Engineering (Springer)
  • 2015 – Present             Board of Consulting Editor, Journal of Biomechanics (Elsevier)
  • 2016 – Present             Editor, Sensors (MDPI)
  • 2010 –2016                   Editor, Ergonomics (Taylor & Francis)
  • 2016 – Present              Editorial Board, Ergonomics (Taylor & Francis)
  • 2018 - Present               Editor-in-Chief, Wearable Biomedical Systems (Sci)
Professional Associations
  • 2010 – Present                   Editorial Member, Biomedical Engineering Society, USA 
  • 2016 – Present                   Selection Panel, EU Marie Curie ASSSTID Fellowship, EU 
  • 2016 – Present                   Expert Committee, Canada Foundation for Innovation, CA 
  • 2004 – Present                   Member, Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors, UK 
Work History

08/2014 – Present           Professor, School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering, Ira                                                     A.Fulton Schools of Engineering, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

10/2008 – Present           Guest Professor, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium

08/2017 – Present           Research Affiliate Professor, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Division of                                             Endocrinology,  Mayo Clinic Arizona, Scottsdale, AZ

10/2014 – Present,          Adjunct Professor, Barrow Neurological Institute, Phoenix, AZ

06/2013 – 07/2014          Professor, Grado Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering,                                                  Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

06/2006 – 06/2013          Associate Professor, Grado Department of Industrial and Systems Eng

08/2000 – 06/2006          Assistant Professor, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

08/2002 – 07/2014          Primary Faculty, Virginia Tech / Wake Forest School of Biomedical                                                      Engineering and Science, Blacksburg, VA