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MOVCENTR E-Newsletter | College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences


Register Today!

Virtual Human Movement Variability Conference and Great Plains Biomechanics Joint Conferences, May 20-21, 2021

Register today for the 6th Annual Conference in Human Movement Variability and 2nd Annual Great Plains Biomechanics Conference. Students receive free registration thanks to the American Society of Biomechanics! The conference had 70 abstract submissions!

  • Human Movement Variability Keynote Speaker, Dr. James Finley, University of Southern California (and a graduate of our Nonlinear Analysis workshop years ago!)
  • Great Plains Biomechanics Keynote Speaker, Dr. Brianne K. Connizzo, Boston University
  • Come visit our vendors in the breakout Spatial Chatrooms!
  • ProtoKinestics, Delsys, AMTI, Motek, Dashr, Novel and Cosmed

NONAN Fractal Webinar, sign up here (held in conjunction with the conference)


Beni Csordas, Undergraduate Student Worker


  • Bachelor’s of Science in Biology
  • A Scott’s Scholar
  • From Omaha, NE and a first generation Hungarian American
  • A team member with Machining and Prototyping Core (MAPRO) and Head of the UNO Maker’s Group
  • Hobbies include 3D printing and learning more about the metal 3D printing to create bone plates for fractures

Beni joined the MOVCENTR a year and a half ago when he learned about MAPRO. There he was able to make his own lapping plates and he met our machinists Mr. Travis Vanderheyden and Mr. Russell Buffum. Beni enjoys getting hands-on experience, practicing prototyping skills, and interacting with researchers in biomechanics. 

“Working in MAPRO provides me with the opportunity to have flexible hours while getting hands on experience. As a student, this is very important.”

Beni plans on going into medicine after he is done with school. But for now, he is the Head of UNO’s Maker Group. This Group is a student organization that provides a community for makers at UNO. Students work on their own projects, share equipment and knowledge, and are

provided needed work space. The Group brings diverse thinking to one location, with biology, biomechanics, and computer science students to name a few. The Group is always looking for funding to offset the cost of the projects, and provide upkeep and maintenance for equipment and 3D printing materials. Students that are interested in becoming more involved in the Group can do so via the club’s  , meetings are open to anyone interested and new projects are always welcome.


Benjamin Senderling, Laboratory Technician


I am currently the Coordinator for the Nonlinear Analysis Core (NONAN) and the Bioengineer for the Movement Analysis Core (MOVAN) and have worked for UNO Biomechanics since 2014. I have a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering and a M.B.A., both from Western New England University in Massachusetts, and a M.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Drexel University in Philadelphia. I am currently pursuing a doctoral degree, part-time, from UNO Biomechanics. Prior to 2014 I worked in industry as a mechanical engineer.

My academic experience has always been closely linked to my professional capacities. During my training, I took courses in computer coding and used this skillset continuously in my field of study. Computer coding is a critical skill for my professional duties in MOVAN, but especially so for NONAN activities. Our computer code is continually being developed and validated to improve what we do and exceed our customer’s expectations. Further, my training in engineering equipped me with key technical experience and problem-solving skills. Equipment and problems have rarely been the same during my career and my training prepared me to transition between disciplines. I started my scientific career in cell and tissue engineering but made that experience translatable and continued to learn and adapt. Even before the formal formation of MOVAN and NONAN I was involved in biomechanics and nonlinear services, and responsible for the maintenance of the MOVAN laboratories.

My experience has continually evolved integrating my business degree, industry experience and university research. Working with the MOVAN and NONAN cores has provided me with the opportunity to blend my experiences, skills and knowledge. 


Squirrel Treadmill, made by the Machining and Prototyping Core for Junior Investigator, Dr. Nate Hunt


This treadmill is designed to simulate many of the aspects of real tree branches, like size and slope. By analyzing high-speed video from squirrels balancing, bounding, and rapidly running, while simultaneously sampling the concentrations of oxygen and carbon dioxide they are consuming and producing, we hope to discover some incredibly interesting things about locomotion performance in the canopy. Specifically, we hypothesize that, at the upper limits of performance, we will see tradeoffs between running speeds, the ability to balance, and the amount of energy the squirrels are using. Although, after the last few years of doing research with squirrels, we also expect to be surprised!

Upcoming Seminar Series Speakers


  • April 2, Dr. Eric Markvicka, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • April 9, Jordan Borell, UNO Big Idea: Biomechanical Manufacturing and Rehabilitative Initiative, University of Nebraska at Omaha
  • April 23, Dr. Miki Katzir, University of Nebraska Medical Center

For more information regarding our seminar series visit our website.

Upcoming Events

  • The 2021 Annual Nonlinear Analysis Workshop will be held July 19-30, 2021. Click here to register for the conference.

Research Cores

The MOVCENTR has three Research Cores

Machining and Prototyping Core
Dr. Brian Knarr, Core Director
Contact: bmchmpcore@unomaha.edu

The Machining and Prototyping Core Facility involves the use of three major facilities within the University of Nebraska at Omaha Biomechanics Research Building: The Machine Shop, Design Studio, and the 3D Printing Laboratory. The most basic function of the Core is to provide services that utilize these spaces and their personnel and equipment. These services are for professional in the University of Nebraska system, the local area, but also to people outside our state to progress their research or other projects. This core can design, prototype, manufacture and repair, maintain, or install a wide range of devices and instrumentation.

Movement Analysis Core
Dr. David Kingston and Dr. Nick Stergiou
Contact: bmchmovan@unomaha.edu

The Movement Analysis Core provides resources, education, advisement and services related to the analysis of human movement. Equipment such as motion capture, dynamometry, electromyography (EMG), electroencephalography, functional near-infrared spectroscopy, virtual reality and high-speed digital video are provided. Contact the core for a comprehensive PDF of our facilities, resources and services.

Nonlinear Analysis Core
Dr. Jenna Yentes, Core Director
Contact: bmchnonan@unomaha.edu

The Nonlinear Analysis Core provides resources and services necessary for innovative analysis of human movement. These methods go beyond averages by looking at the time-varying characteristics of a time signal. The Core provides access to a multitude of nonlinear analysis tools, assistance in experimental design, data processing, quality assurance, interpretation and dissemination. The Core is also actively exploring and validating new techniques and algorithms for future use. In addition to our nonlinear methods, standard analyses can also be performed.


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