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May 25, 2010
Contact: Kevin Boatright, Office of Research and Graduate Studies, (785) 864-7240

Engineering professor receives Louise Byrd Graduate Educator Award

Carl Luchies


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LAWRENCE — Carl Luchies, associate professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Kansas, is the 2010 recipient of the Louise Byrd Graduate Educator Award. The award was presented May 15 during the annual doctoral hooding ceremony.

The award was established in 1984 in memory of Louise E. Byrd, who served for many years as secretary of the Graduate School. The award honors faculty members who have demonstrated extraordinary devotion to graduate students and graduate education and who have distinguished themselves as scholars.

In the letter nominating Luchies (pronounced LUE-keys), he was described as “an attentive, careful graduate adviser who pays close attention to his students’ well-being even long after they have graduated and moved on into academic careers of their own. He is particularly known for being willing and talented at counseling and calming students as they go through stressful academic and life events.”

As a researcher, Luchies is known internationally for his work in biomechanics, which examines the effects of aging on balance recovery and risk of falling. He has also done research on muscle fatigue. Recently, his research focus has shifted to using neuroscience methods to understand balance and motor control impairments in patient populations, such as those with Parkinson’s disease.

Luchies came to KU in 1996 as an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at the Lawrence campus and at the KU Medical Center as an assistant professor in the Department of Physical Therapy Education and Rehabilitation Sciences and assistant scientist at the Landon Center on Aging. He was previously an assistant professor of physics and engineering at Hope College in Holland, Mich.

Luchies became an associate professor of mechanical engineering in 2002 and an associate scientist at the Landon Center on Aging. In 2007, he became director of KU’s Bioengineering Graduate Program in the School of Engineering. His academic background includes a bachelor’s from Calvin College and bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Michigan.


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