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  • Re: USOC Biomechanics Program - A Response

    I must agree with Dr. Bill Vannah. I, too, interpreted Mr. Sujovolsky's
    comments as an expression of the "saturated" market for biomechanists or
    biomechanical engineers rather than an attack on any particular
    organization. The USOC program and other similar research appointments are
    great opportunities for master's graduates and post-docs alike to gain
    valuable experience in biomechanics. But I believe a lot graduates who have
    spent a good portion of their lives in school don't have the luxury or even
    the resources to participate in such programs as much as they'd like to.
    For those that do, I encourage you to apply for one of these programs.
    However, for the recent graduate who owe in student loans or perhaps are
    raising a family, it's difficult to participate in these wonderful
    programs, and I'm sure there are a lot of students and graduates who would
    love the opportunity to gain such experiences but cannot because of these

    Unfortunately, we are in an industry where the supply highly exceeds the
    demand so opportunities are sparse. Do you think a high school senior going
    into college who has considered today's engineering market as a selection
    criteria for choosing a major would choose bio', electrical, mechanical, or
    computer engineering? Even in some biomechanical positions alone, the
    requirements are "graduate of electrical or computer engineering with some
    biomechanics background preferred." I know these job postings vary in title
    and requirements, but I must agree with Jack that most companies in this
    field prefer someone with a mechanical, electrical, and/or computer
    engineering background over someone with a purely biomechanics background.

    This discussion is not something we in this industry should ignore. In
    fact, I applaud Mr. Sujovolsky for initiating this discussion. We have to
    continue to motivate and inspire our young graduates and students. The
    future of biomechanics depends on them. Fortunately, this field is fairly
    young in comparison to the other engineering industries and I can see a
    growth of awareness and respect for the field of biomechanics. As a result,
    there will be a trickle-down effect of funding, companies being born, and
    graduates being pursued. But we must continue to support our students in
    more ways than one. And discussing the issues brought about by Mr.
    Sujovolsky, who expressed the thoughts and concerns of many recent
    graduates, is one way we can do this.


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