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Richard Neptune

Interim Department Chair and Professor

John T. MacGuire Professorship in Mechanical Engineering

Phone: (512) 471-0848
Office: ETC 5.208A

Dr. Richard Neptune earned his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Davis in 1996 and has served on the Department of Mechanical Engineering faculty at UT Austin since 2001 in the Biomechanical Engineering and Dynamic Systems & Control programs. Dr. Neptune's research interests are in the areas of musculoskeletal and sport biomechanics and neuromotor control of human movement. His research integrates musculoskeletal modeling, computer simulation and experimental analysis techniques to analyze various patient populations including lower-limb amputees and those with post-stroke hemiparesis. Additional research is directed at optimizing orthotic and prosthetic designs to enhance performance using advanced additive manufacturing techniques. His research is supported primarily by the Department of Veteran’s Affairs, National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health. In 2002, Dr. Neptune received the American Society of Biomechanics Young Scientist Award. In 2004, he received a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Da Vinci Award from the Engineering Society of Detroit and National Multiple Sclerosis Society for the application of Selective Laser Sintering techniques to improve mobility for those with lower-limb disabilities. In 2006, he received the Outstanding Young Scientist Award from the Houston Society for Engineering in Medicine and Biology. In 2012 he was named a Professor of Excellence by The University of Texas at Austin and in 2013 received the Joe and Bettie Branson Ward Endowed Excellence Award from The University of Texas at Austin for his teaching and research that has contributed to changes of positive value to society. He is on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Applied Biomechanics and an Associate Editor for the ASME Journal of Biomechanical Engineering. He currently holds the George and Dawn L. Coleman Centennial Fellowship in Engineering.

Most Recent Publications

  1. Silverman, A.K., Wilken, J., Sinitski, E. and Neptune, R.R. , "Whole-body angular momentum in incline and decline walking," Journal Of Biomechanics , Vol. 45, (2012), 6, pp. 965-971
  2. Silverman, A.K. and Neptune, R.R. , "Muscle and prosthesis contributions to amputee walking mechanics: a modeling study," Journal Of Biomechanics , Vol. 45, (2012), 13, pp. 2271-2278
  3. Rankin, J.W., Kwarciak, A.M., Richter, W.M., and Neptune, R.R. , "The influence of wheelchair propulsion technique on upper extremity muscle demand: A simulation study. ," Clinical Biomechanics , Vol. 27, (2012), 9
  4. Rankin, J.W. and Neptune, R.R. , "Musculotendon lengths and moment arms for a three-dimensional upper-extremity model," Journal Of Biomechanics , Vol. 45, (2012), 9, pp. 1739-1744
  5. Raja, B., Neptune, R.R. and Kautz, S.A. , "Quantifiable patterns of limb loading and unloading during hemiparetic gait: relationship to kinetic and kinematic parameters. ," Journal Of Rehabilitation Research And Development , (2012)
  6. Raja, B., Neptune, R.R. and Kautz, S.A. , "Coordination of the non-paretic leg during hemiparetic gait: expected and novel compensatory patterns," Clinical Biomechanics , ()
  7. Hall, A.L., Bowden, M.G., Kautz, S.A. and Neptune, R.R., "Biomechanical variables related to walking performance 6-months following post-stroke rehabilitation. ," Clinical Biomechanics, (2012)
  8. Fey, N.P., Klute, G.K. and Neptune, R.R. , "Optimization of prosthetic foot stiffness to reduce metabolic cost and intact knee loading during below-knee amputee walking: a theoretical study. ," Journal Of Biomechanical Engineering , (2012)
  9. Fey, N.P. and Neptune, R.R. , "3D intersegmental knee loading in below-knee amputees across steady-state walking speeds," Clinical Biomechanics , Vol. 27, (2012), 4, pp. 409-414
  10. Allen, J.L. and Neptune, R.R. , "Three-dimensional modular control of human walking. ," Journal Of Biomechanics , Vol. 45, (2012), 12, pp. 2157-2163
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