Thurmon E. Lockhart's bio:
Dr. Lockhart is an Associate Professor of the Grado Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Dr. Lockhart is the director of the Locomotion Research Laboratory at Virginia Tech and serves as a Guest Professor at Gent University, Belgium and a Primary Faculty at the VT/Wake Forest University, School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences. He received all three of his degrees in Industrial Engineering at Texas Tech University with a concentration in Ergonomics and Biomechanics.
Dr. Lockhart has authored over 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts (journals and conference proceedings) in locomotion and fall-related topics and, is an Editor of Ergonomics (Taylor and Francis) and Associate Editor of Annals of Biomedical Engineering (Springer). Previous work by Dr. Lockhart has led to the development of experimental and computational biomechanical techniques to evaluate injury mechanisms from slip and fall accidents during ambulation over slippery floor surfaces. These studies have led to increased understanding of the effects of age-related gait adaptation, musculoskeletal and sensory degradation on the initiation, detection, and recovery processes of slip and fall accidents.
Dr. Lockhart has worked on a number of specific research projects in the area of human locomotion, gait dynamics, and human factors-ergonomics evaluations. His efforts have involved contractual research and development from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Institute of Health (NIH), National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Office of Naval Research (ONR), Whitaker Foundation, UPS, ITT, and Toyota Motor Corporation of Japan, totaling 30 awards in ten years.
Additionally, utilizing the computational algorithms related to the assessment of fall accidents, Dr. Lockhart patented (US Patent: 60/601,108) the “Hip Inflatable Protection” device to reduce hip fracture injuries associated with falls in the elderly. Furthermore, collaboration with ITT in development of the new “Night-vision” system in 2008 has led to the utility patent: A System and Method for Dynamically Enhancing Depth Perception in Head Borne Video Systems. Application filed: 8/26/2010.
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, and the US Navy. Furthermore, his international research effort to increase safety in the workplace has been translated to foreign government organizations for implementation. 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.
Currently, Dr. Lockhart serves on the National Institute of Health (NIH) Scientific Review Board, Musculoskeletal Research Section (2010-2016). Dr. Lockhart also serves on international peer review committees (Health Research Council of New Zealand, Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development, and Australian Research Council).
Dr. Lockhart has received several awards for excellence in scholastic endeavors. In 2008, Dr. Lockhart received Faculty Fellow award from the College of Engineering, Virginia Tech. In 2005, Dr. Lockhart received the first Liberty Mutual Award for best paper published in Ergonomics. For his work in aging, Dr. Lockhart received Virginia Tech Center for Gerontology Faculty Affiliate Research Award in 2002. He also received the Achievement Rewards for College Scientist (ARCS) award in 1999 for his dissertation work in aging. Dr. Lockhart and co-workers were awarded the Alexander C. Williams, Jr., Design Award from the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society in 2008 for work accomplished in designing a safety program at UPS.
Dr. Lockhart has disclosed that he serves on the advisory board of Innovations, LLC and receives compensation.
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