Robin Queen, professor of biomedical engineering and mechanics in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, was recently named the Kevin P. Granata Faculty Fellow by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

The Kevin P. Granata Fellowship was established in the Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics in memory and honor of the tenured professor who died during the tragic shooting on April 16, 2007. The fellowship recognizes teaching and research excellence. Recipients must be tenured members of the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics and hold the fellowship for a period of five years.

A member of the Virginia Tech faculty since 2015, Queen’s research and scholarship focus on addressing basic and applied questions in musculoskeletal biomechanics that take an interdisciplinary approach to bridge gaps between foundational engineering, patient care, and the development of novel tools. She works to quantify normal and abnormal movement mechanics for the purpose of improving patient outcomes following injury and surgical procedures. Through therapeutic interventions, her research identifies movement and load asymmetries for the prevention of overuse and degenerative injuries of the lower extremity.

Queen is the author or coauthor of three book chapters and 143 journal publications. In addition, she has advised five Ph.D. and four master’s students to degree completion and currently mentors 10 Ph.D./master’s degree students, four medical students, and eight undergraduate students.

In addition to her teaching and research, Queen is active in professional societies in which she serves as a member of at least one committee or a member of the executive board, namely the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the Orthopaedic Research Society, the American College of Sports Medicine, the Biomedical Engineering Society, and the American Society of Biomechanics.

Queen was selected as a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine in 2014, a Fellow of International Orthopaedic Research in 2019, and a Fellow of the American Society of Biomechanics in 2021. She was awarded the Kappa Delta Young Investigator Award from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons in 2017 for her work in ankle osteoarthritis and total ankle replacement. She was also awarded the Adele Boskey Award from the Orthopaedic Research Society in 2020 for her pioneering research contributions and excellence in mentorship.

Queen received her bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, and Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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