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Drew Rutherford

Specialty area(s)

Motor Behavior, Biomechanics, Research Instrumentation

Current courses at UWL

PTS 526: Applied Biomechanics and Kinesiology of Movement Seminar ; PTS 546 Applied Foundations of Clinical Research ; PTS 544: Applied Instrumentation for Human Movement ; PTS 742: Research Practicum


MS - Kinesiology (Motor Control and Behavior)
University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2014

BS - Mechanical Engineering
University of Wisconsin-Platteville, 2007

Professional history

Researcher, Medical Education & Simulation Lab
Department of Surgery
University of Wisconsin Hospital, 2013-2015

Project Assistant, Human Motor Behavior Lab
Department of Kinesiology
University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2009-2013

Manufacturing Engineer, Abrasives Division
3M Company, Prairie du Chien, WI, 2007-2008

Research and publishing

My research interests focus on the use of augmented and external feedback in training motor skills. Current investigations use visual feedback of movement kinematics, forces, and muscle stresses. Through this feedback, individuals can modify their performance to avoid movement strategies associated with higher injury risk and pain.

Assessment of skill proficiency between novices and experts has also been a major interest. I worked on development of a number of novel metrics for measuring level of skill and proficiency of performance in open and laparoscopic surgical tasks. Through motion capture of a surgical trainee's hands, these metrics can be used as predictors of performance and indicate areas for further training and remediation.

PubMed Publication List
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