"I applied to the University Scholars Program because I realized that I was limiting myself by not stepping out of my comfort zone and learning what being a researcher was all about. I hope to learn how to ignite the fuel of my life's unanswered questions into a burning passion for answering them through research. My goal for this year is to become an expert in running biomechanics and gain familiarity with the technology used in the field. I expect to obtain that goal by reading research papers on the subject, participating in multiple studies at the Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Institute Motion Laboratory, and presenting at the University of Florida and relevant conferences on what I have discovered."
My primary academic and research interest is to use all the wisdom and tools I have gained from God through engineering courses, internships, and social life to directly help the human body. More specifically, I want to personally see engineering technology change people's lives for the better.
Academic and Other Awards
- Florida Bright Futures (2007-Present)
- The Jesus Movement (TJM) College Ministry of First Assembly of God
- UF Chapter of National Society of Black Engineers
- Successful Transition Through Enhanced Preparation Undergraduate Program (STEPUP XIII)
- Apocalypse Dance Troupe
I volunteer most of the time through my church where we take ordinary people and help make them into passionate followers of Jesus Christ. We as a body do everything from mentoring kids in elementary school (OneWay), to high school (SWEAT), to college (TJM). On top of loving others with my church, I also co-lead a microchurch in my home.
Hobbies and Interests
- Seeking God, playing guitar, dancing, writing music, and encouraging people around me.
Peak Impact Forces and Metabolic Cost During Mid-Forefoot Striking in Shod versus Barefoot Runners: A Pilot Study
Interest is rising about the effects of running with shoes versus running barefoot on the human body. It has been suggested that running barefoot produces fewer injuries due to the fact that it promotes a forefoot strike running pattern. The running community and those who support it want to have concrete evidence supporting that claim. In this study, I will compare the metabolic efficiency and ground reaction forces on twenty healthy runners between the ages of eighteen and sixty years old who run with a mid-forefoot strike. Using a crossover study design, runners will complete two separate testing sessions, one with shoes and one barefoot. Subjects will be randomized to testing order, shod or barefoot. During each session, participants will run over floor mounted force plates to measure peak impact forces. Subjects will then run on a treadmill at a typical training pace for twenty minutes; subjects will be instrumented with reflective markers for 3D motion capture of running biomechanics (Motion Analysis Corp.). In addition subjects will wear a portable metabolic device (KB42, Cosmed, Inc.) to capture the caloric cost of the running session. The two primary variables will be the peak impact forces with footstrike and calories expended during the treadmill session. I hypothesize that the peak impact forces applied by the runner and caloric expenditure will be significantly less with barefoot running as a consequence of less vertical displacement of the center of mass compared to shod running. I expect that further investigations will stem from the results of this study leading to future development of training strategies to prevent injuries in runners.