The University of Texas at Austin
Cockrell School of Engineering

Richard R. Neptune, PhD John T. MacGuire Professor


University of Texas at Austin
Cockrell School of Engineering

204 E. Dean Keeton Street, Stop C2200

Austin, TX 78712-1591

Phone: (512) 471-0848
Fax: (512) 471-8727


Our lab's research interests are in the areas of musculoskeletal and sport biomechanics and neuromotor control of human movement. Our 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. Research projects have been funded primarily by the VA, NSF and NIH.

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Slowik, J.S., Requejo, P.S., Mulroy, S.J. and Neptune, R.R. (2015). The influence of speed and grade on wheelchair propulsion hand pattern. Clinical Biomechanics 30(9):927-932. Download PDF

Lopes, D.S., Neptune, R.R., Gonçalves, A.A., Ambrósio, J.A., and Silva, M.T. (2015). Shape Analysis of the Femoral Head: A Comparative Study between Spherical, (Super)Ellipsoidal and (Super)Ovoidal Shapes. ASME Journal of Biomechanical Engineering 137(11): 114504(1-8). Download PDF

Harper, N.L., Russell, E.M., Wilken, J.M. and Neptune, R.R. (2014). The influence of ankle-foot orthosis stiffness on walking performance in individuals with lower limb impairments. Clinical Biomechanics 29(8): 877-884. Download PDF

Routson, R.L., Kautz, S.A. and Neptune, R.R. (2014). Modular organization across changing task demands in healthy and post-stroke gait. Physiological Reports 2(6): 1-14. Download PDF

Vistamehr, A., Kautz, S.A. and Neptune, R.R. (2014). The influence of solid ankle-foot orthoses on forward propulsion and dynamic balance in healthy adults during walking. Clinical Biomechanics 29(5): 583-589. Download PDF

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