Review Board Members
The Delsys Prize Review Board is appointed by De Luca Foundation. The Review Board consists of five experts in the field of Electromyography, at least three of whom are not affiliated with De Luca Foundation. The Chairperson is responsible for resolving issues of uncertainty and will only vote in case of a tie.
Assistant Director of Research
Jean-Benoit (JB) Morin
Jean-Benoit (JB) Morin is Full Professor at the University of Saint-Etienne (France), and a member of the Interuniversity Laboratory of Human Movement Biology (LIBM). He is also associate researcher with the Sports Research Institute New-Zealand (SPRINZ) at Auckland University of Technology, and visiting Professor in Locomotion Biomechanics at the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Science at Loughborough University. He obtained a Track & Field Coach National Diploma in 1998 and a Ph.D. in Human Locomotion and Performance in 2004 under the joint supervision of Pr Alain Belli (University of Saint-Etienne, France) and Pr Pietro di Prampero (University of Udine, Italy). JB’s field of research is mainly human locomotion and performance, with specific interest in running biomechanics and maximal power movements (sprint, jumps). He has edited a textbook (Biomechanics of Training and Testing, Springer, 2018) and published over 150 peer-reviewed scientific papers. He is also a consultant for professional sports groups in soccer, rugby, sprint, and other power-speed sports. He practiced soccer for 10 years, practiced and coached track and field (middle distance and 400m hurdles) for eight years, and he now enjoys trail running and triathlon.
Karl Zelik is an engineering professor at Vanderbilt University specializing in biomechanics, prosthetics, exoskeletons, exosuits, smart clothing and wearables. At Vanderbilt he co-directs the Center for Rehabilitation Engineering & Assistive Technology, which aims to improve health, mobility and independence for individuals with disabilities, to prevent musculoskeletal injuries, and to enhance human capabilities by engineering and understanding technologies that monitor and physically augment human performance. Dr. Zelik is the Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer of HeroWear, a wearable tech company that makes back-assist exosuits to support workers in physically-demanding jobs. Dr. Zelik is also on the Board of the American Bionics Project, which seeks to stimulate the development of revolutionary technologies for people with lower-limb disabilities.
Dr. Zelik received his B.S. and M.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis, then his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan. Following this, Dr. Zelik was a post-doctoral researcher and Whitaker International Scholar at the Santa Lucia Foundation Rehabilitation Hospital in Rome, Italy. He joined the Mechanical Engineering faculty at Vanderbilt University in 2014 and holds secondary appointments in the departments of Biomedical Engineering and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. He received the International Society of Biomechanics Promising Scientist Award and the American Society of Biomechanics Young Scientist Award in 2017, as well as a Nashville Emerging Leader Award in 2018, and a Nashville Business Journal 40 Under 40 Award in 2021.
Dr. Hudgins received his PhD from the University of New Brunswick (UNB) and has been involved in rehabilitation engineering research for over 40 years. He is a retired professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UNB and was the Director of the Institute of Biomedical Engineering (IBME) at UNB for 13 years. He has remained an Honorary Research Professor at IBME since his retirement in 2013. His primary research focus is in the development of advanced control schemes for myoelectrically-controlled artificial limbs. His work on EMG pattern recognition-based control is the basis of many commercially available multifunction control systems. He spent many years as a member of the Advisory Committee of IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society and served on the Executive Committee as Vice President of Publications. He served for over a decade as a member of the NIH Biomedical Engineering review panel. He is an active member of IEEE EMBS and ISEK.
He (Helen) Huang
Dr. He (Helen) Huang received her Ph.D. in bioengineering from Arizona State University and her post-doctoral training in the Center for Bionic Medicine (previously Neural Engineering Center for Artificial Limbs) at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago/Northwestern University. She is a Professor of Biomedical Engineering in the Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) and North Carolina State University (NCSU) and the Director of the NCSU/UNC Closed-Loop Engineering for Advanced Rehabilitation (CLEAR) Core. Dr. Huang’s research interest lies in neural-machine interfaces for prostheses and exoskeletons, human-robot interaction, adaptive and optimal control of wearable robots, and human movement control. She pioneered EMG-based neural interface for robotic prosthetic legs. This work has won her the Delsys Prize in 2008. Her lab also invented novel control for multifunctional prosthetic arms based on EMG-driven musculoskeletal models. Her research has been sponsored by NSF, DOD, NIH, DARPA, and NIDILRR (previously NIDRR). She was also a recipient of the Mary E. Switzer Fellowship with NIDILRR (previously NIDRR) and a NSF CAREER Award and was named NC State faculty scholar in 2015. She is a senior member of IEEE and a member of the Society for Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering Society.
Dr. Contessa received a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Padova (Italy) in 2010. Before joining Delsys, she held several positions at Boston University (USA) including Research Scientist at the NeuroMuscular Research Center and Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training of Sargent College.
At Altec Dr. Contessa collaborates with a team of engineers and scientists to develop sensor systems and signal processing algorithms and apply them to improve our knowledge of human movement in health and disease.