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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Harper, N.L., Russell, E.M., Wilken, J.M. and Neptune, R.R. (2014). Selective laser sintered verses carbon fiber passive-dynamic ankle-foot orthoses: a comparison of patient walking performance. Journal of Biomechanical Engineering 136(9): 091001(1-7). 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

Slowik, J.S. and Neptune, R.R. (2013). A theoretical analysis of the influence of wheelchair seat position on upper extremity demand. Clinical Biomechanics 28(4):378-385. Download PDF

Fey, N.P., Klute, G.K. and Neptune, R.R. (2013). ASB Journal of Biomechanics Award - Altering prosthetic foot stiffness influences foot and muscle function during below-knee amputee walking: a modeling and simulation analysis. Journal of Biomechanics 46(4): 637-644. Download PDF

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