Bioengineering Department, University of Pittsburgh, U.S.
Kurt Beschorner is an Associate Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh. He received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and his Ph.D. in Bioengineering from the University of Pittsburgh. His research mission is to apply core competencies in tribology, biomechanics and ergonomics to prevent falling accidents. In particular, his research has improved understanding of shoe-floor friction mechanics during slipping to guide slip prevention efforts. Another research focus is to understand the mechanical interactions between people and ladders to better understand fall risk when using ladders. Dr. Beschorner’s research has been funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (U.S.), the National Institute on Aging (U.S.), private industry, and the Army (U.S.).