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Jeff Hawks

Beatrice, Nebraska, United States

Jeff Hawks has established himself as a prominent Engineering Project Manager, embodying a philosophy of innovation and lifelong learning. His robotic development, fabrication automation, and biomechanics expertise demonstrate a unique blend of physiology and engineering mechanics. This integration is a professional pursuit for him and a personal passion. Hawks lead groundbreaking projects in robotic development, fabrication automation, and product design in his current role. He is particularly adept in creating robotic arms for welding and material handling and designing mechatronic devices that enhance fabrication processes. One of his notable achievements is developing a hip sled prototype for Multiple Sclerosis patients, a project that has garnered significant anticipation in the research community. This endeavor showcases his commitment to applying engineering solutions for health benefits. His academic background, which includes a Ph.D. and a Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering, underpins his successful career. He has contributed to numerous journal publications, book chapters, and patents, highlighting his scholarly impact. Beyond his research, he is deeply committed to education. He has taught the senior capstone design course in the Mechanical and Materials Engineering Department at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and initiated an interdisciplinary biomechanics course for various students, demonstrating his dedication to nurturing future engineers. Jeff's interest in biomechanics and sports sciences has led him to explore the design of assistive devices for rehabilitation, involving collaborations with institutions like the Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility and the Nebraska Athletic Performance Laboratory. In 2013, his expertise was recognized when he joined the American Society of Biomechanics planning committee in Omaha, NE.