Kevin Boldt is a first year PhD student studying under the supervision of Dr. Walter Herzog in the University of Calgary’s Human Performance Laboratory. His research focuses on mechanical adaptations of the heart, in response to exercise training. Currently, he is the President of his Faculty’s Graduate Students’ Association, where he is responsible for overseeing networking events and career development seminars. He also serves on the Senior Leadership Team of the University of Calgary Graduate Students’ Association to represent graduate student interests across campus. At the national level, he is the Student Director on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology. He plans to utilize the experience he has obtained from these local and national level positions to contribute internationally through the ISB.
Kevin’s primary goals as the student representative would be to build on the already successful programs developed by the ISB (student networking events, newsletters, etc.), and to initiate a novel one-on-one mentorship program which would match students with academic or industry mentors attending ISB 2019. This opportunity would allow students to connect with academic or industry leaders over coffee to discuss career options and career development. As a student in Calgary (the host of the 2019 ISB meeting), he is uniquely situated to plan engaging student networking and practical career development activities during this meeting. Building off his previous experience and the goals he has outlined for the position, he is excited to be considered as the ISB student representative.
Melissa Boswell is a Bioengineering PhD student at Stanford University. She received her BS in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Akron, where her research focused on orthopedic biomechanics and diabetic foot ulceration under the supervision of Dr. Brian Davis. Melissa’s passion for biomechanics also stems from her interests in marathons, triathlons, and rock climbing. She gained additional experience as a crash safety engineer at Toyota Technical Center utilizing finite element analyses to improve vehicle safety. This led to a research opportunity at Wake Forest University, where she improved the biofidelity of human body models used to analyze injury mechanisms. Upon graduation, she was fortunate to receive an ISB Student International Travel Grant to conduct experimental studies at the University of Cape Town. Besides performing dynamic testing of biological tissues, she thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to mentor students in the areas of mathematics and physics. In her doctoral studies at Stanford, Melissa is supported by the National Science Foundation. She is currently creating patient specific brain models as a means for understanding concussion injuries.
“As the ISB Student Representative, I would like to build upon my experiences building student teams – as I did as President of a Biomedical Engineering Design team in Ohio, and as a mentor at the University of Cape Town. I am excited by connecting people and solving universal problems. By encouraging engagement in ISB programs, we can take advantage of the interdisciplinary nature of biomechanics and form connections throughout the world.”