Mindy Millard-Stafford, Ph.D. – Lab Directormindy-l-millard-stafford-144x177

Mindy L. Millard-Stafford, Ph.D., is Full Professor and Associate Chair in the School of Applied Physiology at Georgia Institute of Technology where she has either directed or co-directed the Exercise Physiology Laboratory for the past 30 years. She received her B.S. in Health and Physical Education from Pennsylvania State University in 1979, Masters of Arts in Exercise Physiology from the University of Florida in 1980, and doctoral degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Georgia in 1986. Her research has primarily focused on thermoregulation and fluid replacement during exercise in the heat and appropriate countermeasures to fatigue. She has served on scientific review panels for the American Cancer Society, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Defense Military Health and Medical Research Program, American Institute for Biological Sciences, the NCAA Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports Committee, and the Institute of Medicine. She was inducted into the National Academy of Kinesiology as Fellow in 2003 and Fellow in the American College of Sports Medicine in 1992. She serves on the Editorial Boards for International Journal of Sports Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, Frontiers of Nutrition, and Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. Mindy is Past- President of the Southeastern Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine and a Past-President of the American College of Sports Medicine (the 52nd President and 5th woman to serve in this role in 2008-2009).

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Michael N. Sawka, Ph.D. – ProfessorSawka

Michael N. Sawka is Professor of Practice the at Georgia Institute of Technology.  He is an expert in environmental (heat, cold, high-altitude) physiology, thermoregulation, blood volume control, fluid / electrolyte balance, hydration assessment, exertional heat illness, exercise physiology, and rehabilitation medicine.  He has extensive experience in biotechnology-advanced development. Dr. Sawka is an editorial board member for American Journal of Physiology, Comprehensive Physiology (Environmental Physiology Editor), Journal of Applied Physiology (Consulting Editor), Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise (Associate Editor-In-Chief), Temperature (Editorial Board Science Advisor) and International Journal of Sports Medicine.  He is a Fellow for the American Physiological Society and the American College of Sports Medicine.  He served on many scientific panels / committees such as those for the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences; National Institutes of Health; National Space Biomedical Research Institute; Partnership for Clean Competition; US Anti-Doping Agency; World Anti-Doping Agency; Department of Defense; and North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Dr. Sawka was a Department of Army Science and Technology appointee from 2006 thru 2012; he received the Military Medical Merit Medallion (2005), American College of Sports Medicine’s Citation Award (2010), Meritorious Civilian Service Award (2012) and American Physiological Society’s (EEP Section) Honor Award (2016).

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Gyumin Kang, M.S. – Pre-Doctoral Candidate

Gyumin Kang is a Ph.D. student in the School of Biological Sciences at Georgia Institute of Technology, and works in the Exercise Physiology Laboratory. He received his B.S. degree in Sports and Leisure from Korea University, South Korea in 2008 and his M.S. degree in Sports Medicine from the same university in 2010. While pursuing his Master’s degree, he worked as an athletic trainer in a rehabilitation clinic for professional soccer players, and also held positions in sports conditioning and personal training. His primary research interests are how physiological systems adapt to strenuous environmental conditions, and how heat acclimation can ameliorate human performance, especially in sports.

Nic Shea, M.S. – Pre-Doctoral Candidate

Nic Shea is a PhD student in applied physiology at Georgia Tech.  Nic works in the exercise physiology lab researching hydration and thermoregulation.  Prior to Georgia Tech, Nic finished his master’s degree in exercise physiology at the University of North Carolina.  Nic has coached strength and conditioning at collegiate and high school levels and wrestling at the high school level.  He holds the NCSA-CSCS and USA Weightlifting-1 certifications. Nic completed his Bachelor’s degree at Truman State University where he wrestled and was a 2x NCAA Academic All-American in 2013 & 2014.

Michael Jones, M.S. – Lab Coordinatormichael-l-jones-133x177

Michael L. Jones received his B.S. degree in Kinesiology from The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, U.S.A. in 1999, and M.S. degree in Kinesiology from Indiana University, Bloomington, U.S.A. in 2001. He is currently a Research Scientist in the School of Biological Sciences at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, U.S.A. Prior to arriving at Georgia Tech, he worked as an Exercise Physiologist at The Cooper Institute in Dallas, U.S.A. Mr. Jones is currently a member of the American College of Sports Medicine, and holds a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist certification with the National Strength and Conditioning Association.