Dr. Megan Phillips joined Jacksonville University on July 6, 2015. Dr. Phillips recently completed her PhD in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, where she also earned an MS in Biomedical Engineering and worked with Dr. Peter Hardy, who specializes in Magnetic Resonance Imaging. She was actively involved in setting up and developing the University of Kentucky’s Human Musculoskeletal Biomechanics lab following a major renovation and building relocation. The central theme of Dr. Phillips research involves computational and experimental studies of whole body human motion and the mechanical behaviors of the active neuromuscular and the passive musculoskeletal systems, and aimed at controlling and managing musculoskeletal disorders.
Dr. Phillips, is happy to be back in Florida. She earned her BS in Engineering Science at the University of Florida on an ROTC scholarship.
Dr. Phillips is also a former United States Naval Officer; she served the Navy for eight years including four tours of active duty as a Surface Warfare Officer and Civil Engineer Corps (CEC). On her first two-year tour, she was a strike officer engaged in Tomahawk missile planning; in her second tour she was a fire control officer specializing in weapons and combat systems. As a CEC, she worked in military construction and was responsible for executing construction plans, acquiring contracts, and supervising a team of professional engineers.
One of Dr. Phillips’ research goals is to remain connected with her armed forces career. Her graduate research focused on the dismounted warfighter, how body armor can be worn in such a way to provide proper protection, without compromising performance and/or increasing the risk of musculoskeletal related injuries to the lower back and knee. Currently, she is developing a line of research aimed at benefitting rotary winged pilots.