B.S., M.S., Ph.D., University of Texas, Austin
Jessica Dawn Ventura joined the Gordon College faculty in 2010 after earning a doctorate degree from The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Ventura specializes in biomechanics, with an emphasis in computational modeling and simulation of human gait. She has published research in assessing the effect of prosthetic feet on the walking gait of unilateral amputees and muscle coordination during turning of both amputees and healthy walkers. Dr. Ventura and a team of students are currently studying the effects of running form and training on joint loading during running.
Dr. Ventura also has a passion for international education. She leads a seminar in Central America that explores health and healthcare in the developing world and the role of medical missions in meeting needs. While in graduate school, she invented a low-cost prosthetic ankle joint (US20090018669) with undergraduate students for fabrication and use in developing countries.