I am a mechanical/biomedical engineer by academic training with an interest in the mechanics of human movement and physical performance. My goal is to develop tools and interventions that facilitate people maintaining health and physical performance capabilities throughout their lifespan.
1990 PhD (Biomedical Engineering) University of California, Davis
1985 MS (Biomedical Engineering) University of California, San Diego
1984 CERT (Biomedical Engineering) University of California, Irvine
1983 BS (Mechanical Engineering) California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
The nature of the research conducted in the Human Performance Laboratory has direct applications to many people. Our research is leading to improved Injury Prevention Strategies for young athletes and new technologies to monitor and prescribe customized physical activity interventions for people of varying fitness and health states.
My research objectives are to understand the mechanisms that influence the performance of skeletal muscle and gross human movement, and to develop tools based on this information that can be used to increase human quality of life by increasing physical performance capabilities while minimizing the risk of injury.
International Society of Biomechanics 1999 Calgary Award in the Area of Muscle Biomechanics
Department and Center Affiliations
Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior
American College of Sports Medicine
American Society of Biomechanics
Specialties / Focus
Graduate Groups not Housed in CBS
Human Performance Laboratory
Amber Sorensen Van-Cleave
During the academic year I am responsible for three courses, one graduate and two undergraduate. The graduate course deals with skeletal muscle structure and function (EXS/BIM 228). One undergraduate course (EXB 103) is a core class for EXB majors and provides an introduction to biomechanics and human movement analysis. The focus of the other undergraduate class (EXB/BIM 126) is tissue mechanics (bone, ligaments, tendons, cartilage, nerve and muscle). I developed both the 126 and 228 classes and have written text books for both of these classes that I provide to the students on-line.
BIM/EXB 126 Tissue Mechanics (Winter)
EXB 103 Intro to Human Movement (Spring)
BIM/EXS 228 Muscle Mechanics (Fall)