Individual Awards

The American Society of Biomechanics recognizes excellence in biomechanics annually through a variety of awards and provides opportunities to both student and regular members via competitive grant programs.

Individual Society Awards

These awards honor an individual for their contributions to the field of biomechanics, and are selected from among nominations that are received by the ASB Awards Chair, although there are additional processes associated with the Jim Hay Memorial Award and the nomination of new ASB Fellows. Details about eligibility and the nomination materials required for each individual award are provided below. With the exception of nominations for the Hay Award and election to ASB Fellow status, nomination materials for individual awards should be submitted to ASB Awards Chair.

The application deadline for each of these awards is noted below

Please note that the deadlines are different than what was mentioned in the October News.

Borelli Award

The Borelli Award, the most prestigious honor given by the ASB, recognizes outstanding career accomplishment and is awarded annually to an investigator who has conducted exemplary research in any area of biomechanics. The award is named after Giovanni Alfonso Borelli (1608-1679). Borelli, a mid-17th century Professor of Mathematics from Naples, Italy, is considered to be the father of modern biomechanics. Borelli’s novel contribution, the treatise “On the Movement of Animals” (Translated by Paul Maquet and published by Springer-Verlag), puts forth numerous propositions on the movements and displacements of the limbs of man and animals.

The Borelli Award selection is based on originality, quality and depth of the research and the relevance of this work to the field of biomechanics. The awardee must attend the Annual Meeting of the ASB in order to receive the award and to deliver the Borelli lecture. The award consists of an engraved plaque and a check for $1,500.

Eligibility
The Borelli Award is open to all current ASB members, but excluding current ASB officers and members of the Borelli and Hay Awards Committees.

Nominations
Candidates may be self-nominated or nominated by others. Candidates should be established scientists whose work incorporates biomechanics in any scientific field

Submission Materials
1- Letter of nomination
2- Comprehensive curriculum vitae
3- Five publications on a single topic or theme

Submission Instructions
Applications should be submitted electronically as one pdf document to the ASB Awards Chair via the linked Google Form
All material must be submitted by the March 1, 2022.

Borelli Award Winners
2021 Glenn Fleisig Borelli award presentation
2020 Steve P. Messier
2019 Irene S. Davis
2018 Roger Enoka Borelli award presentation
2017 Mark Grabiner …and one thing just led to another
2016 Ted Gross Exploring Bone Mechanotransduction: A Winding Path Through Bone, Muscle, and Nerve
2015 Rodger Kram To tell you the truth, we don’t do it because it’s useful, we do it because it’s amusing
2014 Vijay Goel Design, Development and Evaluation of Innovative Fusion Augmenting Spinal Hardware
2013 Kenton Kaufman Clinical Opportunities for Biomechanists
2012 Carlo DeLuca Neural Control of Force: a Biomechanistic Perspective
2011 Scott Delp Illuminating Muscle Function
2010 Farshid Guilak The Role of Biomechanics in the Health, Degeneration,
and Repair of the Synovial Joint
2009 James Ashton-Miller Lessons learned on using biomechanics to prevent selected unintentional injuries
2008 David Burr Why Bones Bend but Don’t Break: What Cement Lines, Floyd Landis and Laundry Detergent Have in Common
2007 Rick Lieber Lessons in Skeletal Muscle Design and Plasticity
2006 Walter Herzog Of Myosins, Muscles, and Mechanics of Contraction
2005 Kai-Nan An The Evolving Journey Of Tendon And Joint Mechanics – Clinical Impacts From Humble Concepts
2004 Tom Andriacchi Bridging Disciplines to Understand Osteoarthritis
2003 R. McNeil Alexander Muscle and Tendon Function in Athletes and Animals
2002 Mimi Koehl Smelling with Hairy Little Noses: The Physical Design of Olfactory Antennae
2001 Felix Zajac Understanding muscle coordination of the human leg with dynamic simulations
2000 Clinton Rubin Searching for Wolff’s Law: Do Specific Mechanical Signals Influence Bone Adaptation?
1999 Don Chaffin Occupational Biomechanics—Past and Future
1998 Malcolm Pope Etiology of Low Back Pain Due to Whole Body Vibration
1997 Manohar Panjabi New Findings About the Mechanism of Whiplash Injury
1996 Albert Schultz Some Movements Of Older Animals.- What Leads to Age and Gender Differences in Balance Maintenance and Recovery?
1995 Wilson C. Hayes An Update on the Movement of Animals: Falls Among Elderly Humans
1994 Peter R. Cavanagh Rings in the Well: Adventures in the Study of Human Locomotion
1993 Savio L-Y Woo Knee Ligaments: Twenty Years & I Hardly Know You
1992 Y.C. Fung On the Pleasure of Biomechanics
1991 Van C. Mow Reminiscences of a Middle-Age Biomechanician
1990 Rik Huiskes Optimization Models for Bone Remodeling and Hip-Prosthetic Design
1989 Maury L. Hull Progress Towards the Prevention of Knee Injuries in Alpine Skiing Accidents
1988 Krishnan Chandran Flow Dynamics Past Artificial Heart Valves
1987 Alan Grodzinsky Cartilage and Connective Tissue Electromechanics
1986 M.R. Yeadon The Biomechanics of Twisting Somersaults
1985 A.E. Engin Some Aspects of Head Injury, Modeling-Early Developments
1984 Tom Brown Some Aspects of the Biomechanics of Femoral Head Osteonecrosis

Jim Hay Memorial Award

The Jim Hay Memorial Award recognizes originality, quality, and depth of biomechanics research that address fundamental research questions relevant to extraordinary demands imposed in sport and exercise.

The awardee must attend the Annual Meeting of the ASB in order to receive the award and deliver the Jim Hay Memorial Lecture. The Hay Memorial Lecture should highlight how the study of biomechanical principles in the extraordinary context of sport can inform our understanding and directly impact performance or focus on central questions related to selected physiological systems, e.g., the musculoskeletal system, central nervous system, or cardiovascular system, that inform behavior at the extreme end of human performance. The award consists of an engraved plaque and a check for $1,000.

The Hay Awardee will be invited to submit a paper with commentaries from the other invited speakers participating in the annual Jim Hay Memorial Session. The guidelines for submission of the peer-reviewed paper will be established by the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Applied Biomechanics.

Eligibility
The Jim Hay Memorial Award is open to all scientists excluding current ASB officers and members of the Borelli and Hay Awards Committees.

Nominations
Candidates may be self-nominated or nominated by other ASB members.

Submission Material
1- Letter of nomination including the nomination of potential speakers for the committee to consider for the Jim Hay Memorial Session.
2- Comprehensive curriculum vitae highlighting publications that address fundamental research questions relevant to challenges imposed on the body in sport and exercise.

Submission Instructions
Applications should be submitted electronically as one pdf document to the Awards Chair via the linked Google Form.
All material must be submitted by December 15, 2021.

Past Jim Hay Memorial Award Winners
2021 Peter Weyand
2020 Antonie J. (Ton) van den Bogert
2019 Paavo Komi
2018 Rodger Kram Running, sprinting and jumping with biological, augmented and prosthetic leg springs
2017 Rick Lieber Biomechanical studies of muscle injury
2016 Jill McNitt-Gray Preparing for impact: Biomechanical inspirations from olympic sports
2015 Timothy Hewett Preventive Biomechanics
2014 Fred Yeadon Sports Biomechanics Research: Ideas and Investigation
2013 Glenn Fleisig How to Throw a Ball 100 mph without Ripping Your Arm Off
2012 Jesus Dapena Approaches to Research in Sports Biomechanics
2011 Joseph Hamill Coordinative Variability: An Indicator of Overuse Injury?
2010 Darren Stefanyshyn Sport Biomechanics: Equipment and Performance
2009 Doris Miller Ups and Downs of Competitive Diving
2008 Vladimir Zatsiorsky From Biomechanics to Motor Control – From 1973 to 2008
2007 Benno Nigg Paradigm Shifts for Impact Forces and Foot Control
2006 Peter Cavanagh Running to Mars: A Bomechanical Adventure
2005 Mont Hubbard Spinning Sports Balls
2004 Blake M. Ashby Optimal control simulations of standing long jumps with free and restricted arm movement

Goel Award for Translational Research in Biomechanics

The Goel Award, newly created in 2016, recognizes outstanding accomplishments in translational biomechanics research, entrepreneurship, and societal benefit. The award is named after Dr. Vijay Goel, the Borelli Award winner in 2014 and is given annually to an ASB member. The Award was initiated by Dr. Goel’s loving and devoted family.

The Goel Award selection is based on originality, quality and depth of the candidate’s research, and the commercial and societal benefits emanating from this research. This research is expected to have a biomechanical element. The winning candidate will have demonstrated the translational nature of his or her work from basic research to the enhancement of human health and well-being. The awardee must attend the Annual Meeting of the ASB in order to receive the award. The award consists of an engraved plaque and a check for $1,000.

Eligibility
The Goel Award is open to all ASB members excluding ASB officers and members of the Society’s Awards Committees.

Nominations
Candidates may be nominated by themselves or by others.

Submission Materials – Emphasizing the translational nature of the work
1- Letter of nomination
2- Comprehensive curriculum vitae
3- Five publications on a single topic or theme. These can include technical reports and patent synopses
4- Optional: Additional support letters from individuals working in any field affected by the nominee’s work or contributions

Submission Instructions
Applications should be submitted electronically as one pdf document to the Awards Chair via the linked Google Form
All material must be submitted by March 1, 2022

Past Goel Award Winners

2020

Shorya Awtar

2019

Scott L. Delp

2018

Kenton R. Kaufman

2017

J.J. Trey Crisco

Founders’ Award

The Founders’ Award is given to recognize “scientific accomplishment in biomechanics and excellence in mentoring” and is open to investigators of all disciplines within ASB. This is a new award that was presented in 2017 for the first time. The awardee must attend the Annual Meeting of the ASB in order to receive the award. The award consists of an engraved plaque and a check for $1,000.

Eligibility
Nominees must be current ASB members who are between 5 and 20 years of their terminal degrees.

Nominations
Candidates may be nominated by themselves or by others.

Submission Materials
1- Letter of support that highlights research and mentoring activities of nominee
2- Full CV with research accomplishments and mentoring activities highlighted
3- Up to 5 publications

Submission Instructions
Applications should be submitted electronically as one pdf document to the Awards Chair via the linked Google Form
All material must be submitted by March 1, 2022.

Past Founders' Award Winners
2021 Karen Troy
2020 Tamara R. Bush
2019 Silvia Salinas Blemker
2018 Daniel Ferris
2017 Rick Neptune

Jean Landa Pytel Award for Diversity Mentorship in Biomechanics

Dr. Jean Landa Pytel (1947-2018) was one of the founding members of the American Society of Biomechanics (ASB) who actively advocated for women and encouraged others to find their own path in biomechanics and become involved in ASB leadership. Her career-long efforts helped to increase women’s participation in ASB membership, biomechanics research, and leadership to the levels we see today. Jean was a role model for mentorship that encouraged active citizenship in ASB, supported multiple pathways toward research excellence, created opportunities in leadership, and welcomed and valued diversity and inclusion in the society. ASB recognizes that an inclusive and diverse approach to mentorship is necessary for promoting scientific excellence and productive careers in biomechanics. At this time, we seek to recognize the contributions of current ASB members whose mentorship values reflect those of Dr. Pytel’s and contribute to ASB’s Diversity Mission. The Jean Landa Pytel Diversity Mentoring Award recognizes the long-term impact of mentoring on both the careers of individual scientists, including women and individuals from other traditionally under-represented backgrounds in ASB, and the ultimate betterment of our society as a whole.

Eligibility

Nominees should be ASB members who emulate the qualities of Jean Landa Pytel, have made a demonstrable difference in the career paths of their mentees, and, by doing so, have contributed to the advancement of the ASB’s Diversity Mission. Evidence of these qualities include attributes including, but not limited to, the examples below:

  • Supports careers of mentees from underrepresented groups
  • Shares skills, knowledge and expertise
  • Demonstrates empathy towards their mentees
  • Demonstrates perseverance and resiliency and encourages it in their mentees
  • Displays a positive attitude and acts as a positive role model
  • Takes a personal interest in the mentoring relationship
  • Exhibits enthusiasm about biomechanics
  • Values ongoing learning and growth in biomechanics
  • Provides guidance and constructive feedback
  • Sets and meets ongoing personal and professional goals
  • Values the opinions and initiatives of others
  • Motivates others by setting a good example

The Jean Landa Pytel Diversity Mentoring Award is open to all ASB members, excluding current members of the ASB executive board and members of the Jean Landa Pytel Diversity Mentoring Award Committee.

Nominations
Candidates must be nominated by other active members of ASB in good standing who have been mentored by the nominee.

Submission Material
1- No more than three letters of nomination from ASB members who were mentored by the nominated individual.
2- Comprehensive curriculum vitae for the nominee highlighting activities specific to mentoring, especially as aligned with the values and attributes listed above.

Submission Instructions
Applications should be submitted electronically as one pdf document to the Awards Chair via the linked Complete nomination packets must be submitted by 12/15/20. Nomination packets will then be forwarded to the Jean Landa Pytel Diversity Mentoring Award Committee.

The Jean Landa Pytel Diversity Mentoring Award Committee will be appointed by the Awards Chair and chaired by the ASB Executive Board Diversity Chair.

Proposed initial award committee structure:

In addition to the Diversity Chair, the award committee will consist of an individual from every academic career level, including a PhD student, a post-doctoral trainee, an assistant professor, an associate professor, and a full professor. All award committee members must be current members of ASB, and committee members will be selected so that representation of underrepresented groups is emphasized.

The first awards committee would play a fundamental role in defining the selection procedures, and may edit and add to the submission materials required for the award. The goal is for the faculty members of the committee to each serve a 3-year term but with rotation off the committee in a sequential fashion as new members rotate on so that processes could be maintained over time.

All material must be submitted by December 15, 2021.

Past Jean Landa Pytel Award Winners
2021 Jianhua (Jerry) Wu
2020 Jill McNitt-Gray

Pre-doctoral Award

This award recognizes early achievements by promising scientists prior to the award of their PhD. Selection is based upon the scientific quality of the submitted material. The awardee must attend the annual ASB meeting to present their work in a special awards session. It is expected that the awardee will submit a full-length manuscript for publication in the Journal of Biomechanics. The award consists of an engraved plaque, a check for $500, and a waiver of conference fees for the annual ASB meeting.

Eligibility
Current or pending members of the ASB at the time of submission. A person is considered eligible for the pre-doctoral award if they have student status at the time of abstract submission, even if they complete their doctoral work before the annual meeting.

Nominations
Candidates may be self-nominated or nominated by an ASB member.

Submission Material1- 
Letter of nomination
2- Description of the nominee’s current research (limit 2 pages). Include a statement specifying the nominee’s contribution to all work described and to all accompanying publications.
3- Curriculum vitae
4- Published papers and/or submitted manuscripts (limit 5)
5- Abstract of original research submitted (via regular call for abstracts) to the ASB annual meeting with the nominee as first author.

Submission Instructions
Applications should be submitted electronically as one pdf document to the Awards Chair via the linked Google Form.
Note that ASB Pre-doctoral Award applicants must submit their abstract to the ASB annual meeting.
All material must be submitted by March 1, 2022. 

Pre-doctoral Award Winners
2021 Katie Knaus
2020 Josh Leonardis
2019 Erika Pliner
2018 Jack A. Martin In Situ Calibration of the Tendon Shear Wave Speed-Stress Relationship
2017 Colin Smith Simulated ACL and menisci deficiency predicts altered knee mechanics during walking
2016 Emily Lawrence Evidence That Lower Levels Of Leg Dexterity May Be A Previously Unrecognized Risk Factor For Knee Ligament Injury In Women
2015 Rachel Lenhart
2014 Laura Chernak Slane
2013 Arin Ellingson
2012 Jacob Elkins
2011 Curtis Goreham-Voss
2010 Ross Miller
2009 Amy Silder The Influence of Prior Hamstring Injury on Musculotendon Morphology and Muscle Contraction Mechanics
2008 Meghan McGee
2007 Eric Kennedy Biofidelity requirements for the focus headform for the prediction of eye injuries

Early Career Achievement Award

This award recognizes early achievements by promising scientists who is within five years of receiving their PhD. Selection is based upon the scientific quality of the submitted material. The awardee must attend the annual ASB meeting to present their work in a special awards session. It is expected that the awardee will submit a full-length manuscript for publication in the Journal of Biomechanics. The award consists of an engraved plaque, a check for $500, and a waiver of conference fees for the annual ASB meeting.

 

Eligibility
Current or pending members of the ASB at the time of submission. A person is considered eligible for the ASB Early Career Achievement Award  if they have received their doctoral degree within five years of the annual meeting.

Nominations
Candidates may be self-nominated or nominated by an ASB member

Submission Material
1- Letter of nomination
2- Description of the nominee’s current research (limit 2 pages).  Include a statement specifying the nominee’s contribution to all work described and to all accompanying publications.
3- Curriculum vitae
4- Published papers and/or submitted manuscripts (limit 5)
5- Abstract of original research submitted (via regular call for abstracts) to the ASB annual meeting with the nominee as first author.

Submission Instructions
Applications should be submitted electronically as one pdf document to the Awards Chair via the linked Google Form
Note that Early Career Achievement Award applicants must submit their abstract to the ASB annual meeting.
All material must be submitted by March 1, 2022. 

Early Career Achievement Award Winners
2021 Erin Mannen
2020 Eni Halilaj
2019 Wouter Hoogkamer
2018 Jennifer A. Nichols Identifying biomechanical wrist impairments with machine learning: a feasibility study
2017 Karl Zelik Resolving the debate: ankle push-off during human walking contributes to accelerating both the swing leg and the center-of-mass
2016 Katherine Steele Increased Motor Module Complexity With An Ankle Exoskeleton
2015 Jason Franz Achilles Tendon Deformations And The Age-Related Reduction In Plantarflexor Performance During Walking
2014 Amber Rath Stern
2013  Steve Collins
2012 Metin Yavus
2011 Paul Ivancic
2010 Craig McGowan
2009 Jae Kun Shim 3D Kinetic Synergies in Handwriting
2008 Sam Ward
2007 Salvatore Federico The effect of collagen fibres on permeability of articular cartilage
2006 Karen L. Troy

ASB Fellow*

Fellow status is awarded to select members of the ASB to:

1) Recognize exceptional scientific and professional achievement in the field of
biomechanics,

2) Recognize exceptional service to the ASB, and

3) Encourage continued service to the Society in a leadership role.

Fellow Nomination Process Timeline: The Fellow nomination and confirmation process begins after the conclusion of the Annual Meeting and is completed prior to abstract submission for the following year’s Annual Meeting, i.e. November 15th.

Step 1. Prospective Fellows must be nominated by a current ASB Fellow. To be considered for the following year, the nomination letter must be received by the Past-President after the conclusion of the Annual Meeting and before November 15th.

Step 2. Nominee’s basic membership and ASB participation criteria will be verified by the Secretary of the ASB.

Step 3. Nominee’s e-portfolio is generated, including:

-Current CV of Nominee (sent by Nominator to the Past President before November 15th)

-Nomination letter and second letter supporting the nomination (both letters sent by

-Nominator to the Past President after the Annual Meeting and before November 15th). The
letters should address specifics outlined in the review criteria.

Source of Nomination letters: Two letters are required.

1. Nomination Letter: From a current ASB Fellow

2. Second Letter supporting the nomination: Also from a current ASB Fellow.*

Step 4. The Fellow Nomination Review Committee, formed by the Past President and comprised of ASB Fellows representing each sub-discipline, reviews nominee’s eportolio (e.g. Nominee’s folder on google groups, password protected). The five Review Committee members then email their votes to the Past President once the review of applicants is completed.

Step 5. Past President formulates and submits a proposed list of candidates to be awarded Fellow status to the ASB Executive Board. The names of nominees supported by three or more of the five Nomination Review Committee members are automatically forwarded to the ASB Executive Board for approval. The President-Elect, President, and Past President further review nominees receiving support from at least 3 of the 5 Nomination Review Committee members. Nominees supported by consensus of the presidential line are then forwarded to the XB for approval. Recommendations for Fellow status are forwarded from the Past President to the ASB Executive Board for final review. Nominees not forwarded to the ASB Executive Board can be nominated again for Fellow status in two years (e.g. if nominated in 2013, they can be nominated again in 2015).

Step 6. Fellow confirmation requires a two-thirds vote of the ASB Executive Board. Confirmation process is completed prior to the abstract submission deadline for Annual Meeting.

* A letter from an established research scientist of senior rank (comparable to an ASB Fellow in the
nominee’s sub-discipline) may also be considered (requires pre-approval by Past President)