An open house was held Friday, Nov. 16, to officially launch the new Biomechanics Laboratory at The University of Montana. The new facility is part of the Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences.
Directed by UM researcher Matthew Bundle and housed in the Phyllis J. Washington Education Center, the lab will study the science of human movement for the Department of Health and Human Performance.
Bundle said the facility was made possible by the support and leadership of UM President Royce Engstrom and Dean Roberta Evans.
“It will expand the research capabilities at The University of Montana and allow students and faculty to pursue study in a world-class facility,” Bundle said. “The equipment here is found at only a select few universities around the world.”
“This lab and the internationally recognized work being performed in it are helping to grow not just the reputation of the PJW College of Education and Human Sciences, but The University of Montana as well,” Evans said.
Bundle said the lab investment complements the existing strength and expertise that already exist on campus in the area of health and human performance.
“The measurement capabilities that we have put in place will allow our undergraduate students to gain marketable scientific skills and provide an opportunity for our graduate students to receive advanced training and be competitive with scholars from any university,” Bundle said.
Hired in 2011, Bundle studies the limits of human performance. His research discoveries recently have been applied to understanding the gait differences of amputee running and to the maximum speeds athletes can attain.
University of Montana students (left to right) Sara Hedges, Chris Sundberg and Nicole Grenier demonstrate some of the equipment at the Biomechanics Laboratory on Nov. 16. (Photo by Jonathan Crummett)
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