Founders Award: Professor Richard R. Neptune
Dr. Richard R. Neptune earned his BS, MS and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Davis. He has served on the Department of Mechanical Engineering faculty at The University of Texas at Austin since 2001. His research integrates musculoskeletal modeling, computer simulation and experimental analyses to identify the neuromotor and biomechanical mechanisms that contribute to locomotor impairments in those with movement disabilities including lower-limb amputees, individuals post-stroke and wheelchair users. His research also seeks to improve the design and performance of lower-limb prosthetic and orthotic devices. He is currently the Chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and a Provost Teaching Fellow, and holds the John T. MacGuire Professorship in Mechanical Engineering.