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Mohammad Bataineh

Mohammad Bataineh is a graduate student in the Biomedical Engineering department at The University of Iowa and works in VSR with Dr. Marler. His research studies focus on human posture prediction with multi-objective optimization, decision systems, and biomechanics. His mission is also to create an automatic system that predicts real postures for Santos. He received his bachelor's degree in Biomechanical Engineering from Jordan University of Science & Technology in Jordan in 2009. He worked as a teaching & research assistant at German Jordanian University from 2009-2010.

Cesar Bonezzi

Nic Capdevila

Richard Degenhardt III

Rich Degenhardt is a graduate student in Electrical & Computer Engineering. He received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from The University of Iowa. He has been working with Virtual Soldier Research since January of 2010 and specializes in application interface design and general software development for projects like ETOWL (Enhanced Technologies for Optimization of Warfighter Load) and Prosthetic Gait (Veterans Affairs Hospital training tool).

Tom Ebnet

Tom is a PhD student in integrative physiology. He is originally from St. Cloud, Minnesota. He received a BS in exercise science and pre-professional studies from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 2006. He pursued an MS in physiology at St. Cloud State University, where he had experience with teaching, EKG stress testing, athletic performance testing, and hydration studies in the Human Performance Lab before coming to the University of Iowa in August 2008.

David Janiczek

John Looft

John graduated from high school near the top of his class in the spring of 2005. He then went to Iowa Lakes Community College for one year, working on an engineering transfer. He is currently attending school at The University of Iowa, where he is majoring in biomedical engineering and pre-med. He plans on attending medical school here at The University of Iowa. In the summer of 2004, John started working at Seneca Foods in Blue Earth, Minnesota. He worked there for three summers and acquired two promotions. He left Seneca after the summer of 2006 to work at VSR. At VSR he is working as an undergrad on the hands of Santos.

John Meusch

John Meusch is a graduate student at The University of Iowa pursuing a degree in biomedical engineering. At the Virtual Soldier Research Lab (VSR), his work focuses on validating the physics based Virtual Human Santos model utilizing state of the art motion capture techniques and equipment seen in the movie, video game, and entertainment industry. John is part of the Motion Capture Team lead by Dr. Rahmatalla. This work is done in an effort to improve the Santos model and provides valuable kinematic and kinetic analysis of the model. Validation plays a major role in establishing the reliability of the Santos model such that end users can be confident with Santos for many applications. Along with validation, John is working with the Center for Computer Aided Design on the development of an affordable lightweight prosthetic hand. The major goal of this project is to improve upon a novel hand prototype created at (CCAD) enabling the prosthetic hand to be manufactured and produced for commercial use in the future. John plans to pursue his education and attend graduate school in biomedical engineering. His primary interest includes whole body vibration research (WBV). At CCAD, John has previously had the opportunity to work with (WBV) studying human discomfort and plans to continue work in this area under Dr. Rahmatalla.

John Nicholson

John received his bachelor’s degree from Clemson University in civil engineering in 2007. While at Clemson, he was an undergraduate researcher at Clemson’s Wind Load Test Facility (WLTF). In this position, he worked as part of an interdisciplinary team to develop a prototype software program that allowed end-users to visualize large volumes of wind tunnel pressure data in 3D. This work was part of a larger effort funded by The State of Florida Department of Community Affairs to compare wind pressures, which were obtained from homes located in the path of land falling hurricanes in 2005, with those obtained from model homes in wind tunnel studies. After graduating from Clemson, John worked as a project engineer for Holder Construction on The University of Georgia’s Tate Student Center Expansion project and later as a design and construction project manager for The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Capital Management Department on numerous smaller projects, in addition to participating in the master planning of a new children’s hospital. In August of 2009, John began his graduate studies at The University of Iowa in civil and environmental engineering specializing in structures, mechanics, and materials. After starting the program, John worked first as a graduate teaching assistant for undergraduate dynamics and later as a graduate research assistant at VSR. One common theme of John’s graduate research is exploring optimization concepts. His master’s research, which he completed in May of 2011, was to study how optimization concepts and Microsoft Excel’s optimization capabilities can be used in the design of wind turbine tower and foundation systems. His current research at VSR is to study how parallel optimization can support real-time digital human simulation. Additionally, John is a member of the Enhanced Technologies for Optimization of Warfighter Load (ETOWL) team where his computer programming skills and knowledge of engineering mechanics are brought to bear on a variety of simulation problems.

Anas Nassar

Kaustubh Patwardhan

Kaustubh A. Patwardhan received his bachelor’s degree in 2007 in Instrumentation and Control Engineering from the College of Engineering, Pune (COEP), India. He received his MS degree in 2011 in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) from The University of Iowa. His master’s research was based on developing a feature-based spike-sorting algorithm along with intelligent feature-weighting mechanisms. He worked as a teaching assistant (2007-2011) for various undergraduate and graduate level courses in the departments of Physics and ECE.

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Mohammad Bataineh

Mohammad Bataineh is a graduate student in the Biomedical Engineering department at The University of Iowa and works in VSR with Dr. Marler. His research studies focus on human posture prediction with multi-objective optimization, decision systems, and bio… Read More »

Cesar Bonezzi

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Nic Capdevila

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Richard Degenhardt III

Rich Degenhardt is a graduate student in Electrical & Computer Engineering. He received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from The University of Iowa. He has been working with Virtual Soldier Research since January of 2010 and specializes in application… Read More »

Tom Ebnet (Graduate Researcher)

Tom is a PhD student in integrative physiology. He is originally from St. Cloud, Minnesota. He received a BS in exercise science and pre-professional studies from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 2006. He pursued an MS in physiology at St. Cloud S… Read More »

David Janiczek

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John Looft (Graduate Researcher)

John graduated from high school near the top of his class in the spring of 2005. He then went to Iowa Lakes Community College for one year, working on an engineering transfer. He is currently attending school at The University of Iowa, where he is majoring… Read More »

John Meusch (Graduate Researcher)

John Meusch is a graduate student at The University of Iowa pursuing a degree in biomedical engineering. At the Virtual Soldier Research Lab (VSR), his work focuses on validating the physics based Virtual Human Santos model utilizing state of the art moti… Read More »

John Nicholson (Graduate Researcher)

John received his bachelor’s degree from Clemson University in civil engineering in 2007. While at Clemson, he was an undergraduate researcher at Clemson’s Wind Load Test Facility (WLTF). In this position, he worked as part of an interdisciplinary team t… Read More »

Anas Nassar

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Kaustubh Patwardhan

Kaustubh A. Patwardhan received his bachelor’s degree in 2007 in Instrumentation and Control Engineering from the College of Engineering, Pune (COEP), India. He received his MS degree in 2011 in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) from The Universit… Read More »

Aasim Shaik

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