Brad Bennett PhD

Brad Bennett PhD

Bradford Bennett, PhD

Office Location:
Kluge Children's
Rehabilitation Center
Office Phone: 434.982.0513
Office Fax: 434.982.1551


Bradford C. Bennett, PhD

Bradford C. Bennett, Ph.D., is Research Director of the Motion Analysis and Motor Performance Laboratory and Assistant Professor of Research in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.  He received his doctorate in Mechanical Engineering from the High Temperature Gas dynamics Laboratory at Stanford University.  After several years of aerospace research in computational fluid dynamics at NASA Ames Research Center, Dr. Bennett became interested in the study of human movement.  In 1995 he became a Lecturer at San Francisco State University in the Department of Kinesiology teaching biomechanics and motor behavior.  He has a courtesy appointment in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and regularly teaches courses for them. 

Beyond Orthopaedics

"I practice and teach Tai Chi, both locally and nationally.
I also enjoy backpacking and camping."


Assistant Professor of Research

Motion Analysis and Motor Performance
Laboratory Research Director






Gait biomechanics and organization

Research Description:

Prof. Bennett is working on the development of advanced walking aids for children with cerebral palsy and others with walking disabilities, as well as increasing our understanding of the fundamental components of walking. He applies an interdisciplinary approach to this research working with faculty in both engineering and medicine. He currently is researching a powered walker and a powered exoskeleton for individuals with walking disabilities.