Brian R. Umberger

Professional Title: 
Associate Professor
Department: 
Kinesiology
Telephone: 
413-545-1436
Campus Address: 
107 Totman Building
Education: 

B.S., Central Connecticut State University, 1993; M.S., Springfield College, 1997; Ph.D., Arizona State University, 2003

Area(s) of Specialization: 

Biomechanics; Energetics; Computer Simulation

Research Description: 

The goal of Dr. Umberger’s research is to advance our understanding of the mechanics, energetics, and control of bipedal locomotion. He studies basic and clinical aspects of locomotion in humans and other bipeds, using a combination of experimental and computer modeling techniques. Much of his research is focused specifically on how the mechanical and energetic properties of skeletal muscles influence human movement.

Key Publications: 

Miller RH, Umberger, BR, Hamill J & Caldwell GE. (2012). Evaluation of the minimum energy hypothesis and other potential optimality criteria for human running. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Series B 279, 1498-1505.

Umberger BR & Rubenson J. (2011). Understanding muscle energetics in locomotion: new modeling and experimental approaches. Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews 39, 59-67.

Umberger BR. (2010). Stance and swing phase costs in human walking. Journal of the Royal Society Interface 7, 1329-1340.

Umberger BR. (2008). Effects of suppressing arm swing on kinematics, kinetics, and energetics of human walking. Journal of Biomechanics 41, 2575-2580.

Umberger BR & Martin PE. (2007). Mechanical power and efficiency of level walking with different stride rates. Journal of Experimental Biology 210, 3255-3265.


Brian Umberger Curriculum Vitae