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richard kesler

Deputy Director of Research

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Richard Kesler, Research Scientist focuses on the biomechanics studies of firefighter gait and balance and support biomechanics analyses of cardiovascular function changes due to firefighting.

While working toward his Bachelor's degree, Kesler co-founded Bump (initially Illini Prosthetic Technologies), a non-profit organization committed to developing low-cost prosthetic devices for those that have limited healthcare in developing countries. In his Master's thesis, in collaboration with IFSI, Kesler examined the effects of test environment on firefighter gait and balance and developed a new method for the collection of metabolic data during simulated firefighting activities.

Richard is a 2013 graduate of the University of Illinois with a Master's of Science degree in bioengineering.
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