Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Obituary: Dr. Kevin Granata a Victim of Virginia Tech Massacre

Loss of a colleague in ergonomics ...

"If professional achievement and boundless human qualities were keys to a long life, Kevin Granata, Ph.D., would not have died on Monday April 17. He was one of 32 students and faculty slain by a gunman on the campus of the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in the deadliest shooting rampage in modern United States history. The reaction to his death from colleagues is testament to the untimeliness and tragedy of this particular death.

Dr. Granata, a professor in the Engineering Science and Mechanics Department at Virginia Tech, is widely published and cited. His research interests at the Musculoskeletal Biomechanics Laboratory at the school include age and gender factors influencing neuromuscular control of balance and stability, occupational factors influencing risk of musculoskeletal load and instability, neuromuscular performance in voluntary and involuntary control and computational and robot simulation of balance and legged locomotion. His study in recent years of cerebral palsy draws on much of his expertise in these areas.

Prior to his appointment at Virginia Tech in 2003, Professor Granata served in the military and graduated with a Ph.D. from Ohio State University in 1993. He held a full time appointment in the Orthopaedic Surgery department at the University of Virginia (U VA) from May 1997 to January 2003, when he took up his appointment at Virginia Tech. Since 2003 he has continued his orthopaedic research at U VA as an adjunct faculty member.

In an interview with the Associated Press, Ishwar K. Puri, the head of the Engineering Science and Mechanics Department, described Dr. Granata as one of the top five biomechanics researchers in the country working on movement dynamics in cerebral palsy."    (Continued via Ergoweb)    [Ergonomics Resources]

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

What an awful thing for so many gifted and talented people. May our nation heal and the great works of our men and women continue. I feel they would want it that way.

1:27 PM  

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