Dr. Peter Quesada
Professor of mechanical engineering
Dr. Peter M. Quesada is a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Louisville's J.B. Speed School of Engineering.
Quesada's focus is on biomechanics, including kinematics and kinetics of human motion, plantar foot surface loading and biomechanical instrumentation. In other words, he studies how the body moves in a given situation, such as during physical activity or balancing.
He has published and presented papers on post-surgical kinematic and kinetic assessment of anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction, finite element analysis of a below-knee prosthesis, and evaluation of silicone gel filled orthotic shoe insoles.
Quesada's background is heavy in health care, including research affiliations during his graduate studies with the Rehabilitation Research and Development Services of San Francisco's Veterans Affairs Medical Center and the department of orthopedics at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Oakland, California.
After finishing his doctorate, Quesada worked as a senior research associate engineer in the Ohio State University Gait Analysis Laboratory, then as an assistant professor in orthopedics at the Biomedical Engineering Center.
Quesada earned his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Texas, and his master and doctoral degrees in bioengineering at the University of California.