Mr. Gustafson is a co-founder and the Chairman of the RMCSR board. He graduated from the University of Colorado, then developed a diverse business background, a successful entrepreneur in multiple start-ups and served as the Managing Director of European & Asian Operations for a U.S.-based public company with subsidiaries in the U.K., France and Germany. He was based in London for close to 17 years, obtained British citizenship, providing him dual nationality status. After returning from Europe, Mr. Gustafson relocated to Vail, Colorado in 2002. An avid skier, alpine ski instructor and accomplished entrepreneur, he lends his life experiences to make a difference in sports health and safety through applied science and research.
Michael Decker, PhD, is a co-founder and the Executive Director for the RMCSR. Dr. Decker has managed a scientific research and development consulting company over the past decade inventing a wide range of products including, but not limited to, neuromuscular training programs and devices; technical athletic apparel; clinical evaluation tools; and state-of-the-art motion capture systems. He is a Senior Research Consultant for the Mechanical and Materials Engineering Department at the University of Denver and centers on translating movement technology to athletic populations for the enhancement of performance, safety and long-term health. Dr. Decker trained for nearly a decade at the world-famous Steadman Philippon Research Institute in Vail, Colorado studying clinical biomechanics of the hip, knee and shoulder and maintains several collaborative relationships with his medical colleagues at the Mayo Clinic, CU Sports Medicine, Vail Summit Orthopaedics and Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. Dr. Decker was an instructor in the Integrative Physiology Department at the University of Colorado and has presented at numerous national and international meetings, published nearly 200 peer reviewed articles including manuscripts, abstracts and book chapters; and received awards for research, academic and teaching excellence. Dr. Decker oversees the day-to-day business operations and technology development for the RMCSR.
Dr. Gardner is an internist at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and the former medical director of the Massachusetts Special Olympics. He is a volunteer physician at Camp Jabberwocky in Martha's Vineyard and has served as a MGH Durant Fellow in Refugee Medicine with Project Hope in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake and as Chief Medical Officer of Project Hope’s Team Bravo in the Philippines after Typhoon Yolanda in 2013. He is a past winner of the Harvard Medical School Humanism in Medicine Award. He has been described by Dr. Carl Cooley of Dartmouth Medical School as "a doctor and an artist who sees with his heart.” Former Vail Adaptive Ski Instructor and avid skier, Dr. Gardner oversees all clinical collaborations for the RMCSR.
Craig Simons, PhD* is a mechanical engineer near the completion of his graduate work at the University of Denver. Mr. Simons specializes in predictive analytics (machine learning, artificial intelligence) and is proficient in the design and development of hardware and software applications pertaining to human movement. Mr. Simons has designed state-of-the-art motion capture systems using arrays of miniature wearable sensors and monocular computer vision-based 3D motion capture to measure athletic performance in a wide range of settings and adverse weather conditions. Mr. Simons oversees all movement technology development for the RMCSR.
Dr. Hewett is a “pioneering researcher, expert team builder, and collaborative leader” as stated when he received an Endowed Professorship from Mayo Clinic. He has held multiple leadership positions, that include Director of the Sports Medicine Research Center, the Biomechanics Laboratories and the Materials and Structural Testing Core at Mayo Clinic. He also directed the Sports Health & Performance Institute at Ohio State University and was Professor and Director of Sports Medicine Research at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and integral member of the Cardiovascular Institute. He has helped develop strong collaborative teams all over the world, including Australia and many institutions across the US. He has given many highly impactful Invited lectures, including Keynote addresses from Australia to the Arctic Circle, and grand rounds at Harvard, Stanford and Yale Universities. He has published over 400 peer-reviewed articles with 50,000+ citations and an H-index of 117. Dr. Hewett has had high levels of success in research funding from internationally competitive grants, from industry and other sources as demonstrated by his past funding support of $20 million US. He has received numerous awards for “Paper of the Year” of multiple journals. Dr. Hewett has trained over 75 scientists, many of whom have gone onto major leadership roles at clinical research institutions.
Dr. Torry is an Associate Professor in the Biomechanics Research Laboratory of Illinois State University. Prior to returning to Illinois State University, he was the Director of the Biomechanics Research Laboratory of the Steadman Hawkins Research Foundation from 1999-2010. Dr. Torry’s research has focused on the many aspects of clinical and applied human biomechanics including the dynamic performance of little league and major league baseball pitching, the EMG analysis of shoulder rehabilitation exercises, the evaluation of osteoarthritic gait, the benefits of functional knee bracing of athlete's knees and the functional performance of ACL injured and reconstructed individuals. Dr. Torry’s work has led to numerous clinical and scientific awards that prompted his election to the prestigious National Academy of Science Keck Futures Initiative in 2007 and Society Representative for The US National Committee on Biomechanics. Dr. Torry’s work has been showcased on numerous media outlets including ESPN, The Today Show, MSNBC, The Discovery Channel and many others. He holds Adjunct Faculty positions at the University of Colorado in the Department of Kinesiology and Applied Physiology and in the Musculoskeletal Research Center in Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh; and is an Associate Editor for the Annals of Biomedical Engineering.