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Current Affiliation: The University of Texas at Austin
Dr. Richard R. Neptune earned his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Davis and currently directs the Neuromuscular Biomechanics Lab at UT Austin. 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, stroke patients and wheelchair users. He is also involved in research aimed at improving the performance of orthotic and prosthetic devices using advanced additive manufacturing techniques. His research has been supported primarily by the Department of Veteran’s Affairs, National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health. He has received the American Society of Biomechanics Young Scientist Award and CAREER award from the National Science Foundation. He is also the recipient of the Da Vinci Award from the Engineering Society of Detroit and National Multiple Sclerosis Society. He has received the Joe and Bettie Branson Ward Endowed Excellence Award from The University of Texas at Austin for his teaching and research that has contributed to changes of positive value to society and the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company Award for Excellence in Engineering Teaching. He is currently the Chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and holds the John T. MacGuire Professorship in Mechanical Engineering.