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Rakié Cham Elected President-Elect of ASB


The American Society of Biomechanics (ASB) held its annual meeting on Aug. 13 where the recently elected leaders were recognized and began their tenure. Among the new leadership team is Rakié Cham, associate professor of bioengineering, ophthalmology and physical therapy at the University of Pittsburgh, who will serve as president-elect.

Cham is a member of the Swanson School of Engineering’s Human Movement and Balance Laboratory where her research focuses on improving postural stability and reducing falls and related musculoskeletal injuries. Her populations of interest are adults with mobility impairments and increased falls risk, including older individuals, adults with autism, obese adults, and adults with visual disability. She is also interested in reducing falls risk and improving function in the workplace.

She has been a member of ASB since 1998, was elected and served as program chair of the ASB meeting in 2013 and has served on various other ASB committees. She is also a member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) and the International Society of Posture and Gait Research (ISPGR).