Kurt Beschorner

Associate Professor
Bioengineering Department Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science


PhD, Bioengineering, University of Pittsburgh, 2004 - 2008

BS, Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, 2000 - 2004

Cook, A., Hemler, S., Sundaram, V., Chanda, A., & Beschorner, K. (2021). Differences in friction performance between new and worn shoes. IISE Trans Occup Ergon Hum Factors, 1-8.Informa UK Limited. doi: 10.1080/24725838.2021.1925998.

Hemler, S.L., Sider, J.R., Redfern, M.S., & Beschorner, K.E. (2021). Gait kinetics impact shoe tread wear rate. GAIT & POSTURE, 86, 157-161.Elsevier BV. doi: 10.1016/j.gaitpost.2021.03.006.

Pliner, E.M., Sturnieks, D.L., Beschorner, K.E., Redfern, M.S., & Lord, S.R. (2021). Individual factors that influence task performance on a stepladder in older people. SAFETY SCIENCE, 136, 105152.Elsevier BV. doi: 10.1016/j.ssci.2020.105152.

Seneli, R.M., Beschorner, K.E., O'Connor, K.M., Keenan, K.G., Earl-Boehm, J.E., & Cobb, S.C. (2021). Foot joint coupling variability differences between habitual rearfoot and forefoot runners prior to and following an exhaustive run. JOURNAL OF ELECTROMYOGRAPHY AND KINESIOLOGY, 57, 102514.Elsevier BV. doi: 10.1016/j.jelekin.2021.102514.

Beschorner, K.E., Iraqi, A., Redfern, M.S., Moyer, B.E., & Cham, R. (2020). Influence of averaging time-interval on shoe-floor-contaminant available coefficient of friction measurements. APPLIED ERGONOMICS, 82, 102959.Elsevier BV. doi: 10.1016/j.apergo.2019.102959.

Beschorner, K.E., Siegel, J.L., Hemler, S.L., Sundaram, V.H., Chanda, A., Iraqi, A., Haight, J.M., & Redfern, M.S. (2020). An observational ergonomic tool for assessing the worn condition of slip-resistant shoes. APPLIED ERGONOMICS, 88, 103140.Elsevier BV. doi: 10.1016/j.apergo.2020.103140.

Hemler, S.L., Charbonneau, D.N., & Beschorner, K.E. (2020). Predicting hydrodynamic conditions under worn shoes using the tapered-wedge solution of Reynolds equation. TRIBOLOGY INTERNATIONAL, 145, 106161.Elsevier BV. doi: 10.1016/j.triboint.2020.106161.

Hemler, S.L., Pliner, E.M., Redfern, M.S., Haight, J.M., & Beschorner, K.E. (2020). Traction performance across the life of slip-resistant footwear: Preliminary results from a longitudinal study. JOURNAL OF SAFETY RESEARCH, 74, 219-225.Elsevier BV. doi: 10.1016/j.jsr.2020.06.005.

Iraqi, A., Vidic, N.S., Redfern, M.S., & Beschorner, K.E. (2020). Prediction of coefficient of friction based on footwear outsole features. APPLIED ERGONOMICS, 82, 102963.Elsevier BV. doi: 10.1016/j.apergo.2019.102963.

Martin, E.R., Pliner, E.M., & Beschorner, K.E. (2020). Characterizing the shoe-rung friction requirements during ladder climbing. JOURNAL OF BIOMECHANICS, 99, 109507.Elsevier BV. doi: 10.1016/j.jbiomech.2019.109507.

Nazifi, M.M., Beschorner, K., & Hur, P. (2020). Angular momentum regulation may dictate the slip severity in young adults. PLOS ONE, 15(3), e0230019.Public Library of Science (PLoS). doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0230019.

Pliner, E.M., Dukes, A.A., Beschorner, K.E., & Mahboobin, A. (2020). Effects of Student Interests on Engagement and Performance in Biomechanics. JOURNAL OF APPLIED BIOMECHANICS, 36(5), 360-367.Human Kinetics. doi: 10.1123/jab.2020-0029.

Pliner, E.M., Novak, A.C., & Beschorner, K.E. (2020). Hand-rung forces after a ladder climbing perturbation. JOURNAL OF BIOMECHANICS, 106, 109790.Elsevier BV. doi: 10.1016/j.jbiomech.2020.109790.

Strayer, S.T., Moghaddam, S.R.M., Gusenoff, B., Gusenoff, J., & Beschorner, K.E. (2020). Contact Pressures Between the Rearfoot and a Novel Offloading Insole: Results From a Finite Element Analysis Study. JOURNAL OF APPLIED BIOMECHANICS, 36(5), 326-333.Human Kinetics. doi: 10.1123/jab.2019-0356.

Sundaram, V.H., Hemler, S.L., Chanda, A., Haight, J.M., Redfern, M.S., & Beschorner, K.E. (2020). Worn region size of shoe outsole impacts human slips: Testing a mechanistic model. JOURNAL OF BIOMECHANICS, 105, 109797.Elsevier BV. doi: 10.1016/j.jbiomech.2020.109797.

Beschorner, K.E., Iraqi, A., Redfern, M.S., Cham, R., & Li, Y. (2019). Predicting slips based on the STM 603 whole-footwear tribometer under different coefficient of friction testing conditions. ERGONOMICS, 62(5), 668-681.Informa UK Limited. doi: 10.1080/00140139.2019.1567828.

Chanda, A., Reuter, A., & Beschorner, K.E. (2019). Vinyl Composite Tile Surrogate for Mechanical Slip Testing. IISE Trans Occup Ergon Hum Factors, 7(2), 132-141.Informa UK Limited. doi: 10.1080/24725838.2019.1637381.

Hemler, S.L., Charbonneau, D.N., Iraqi, A., Redfern, M.S., Haight, J.M., Moyer, B.E., & Beschorner, K.E. (2019). Changes in under-shoe traction and fluid drainage for progressively worn shoe tread. APPLIED ERGONOMICS, 80, 35-42.Elsevier BV. doi: 10.1016/j.apergo.2019.04.014.

Moghaddam, S.R.M., Hemler, S.L., Redfern, M.S., Jacobs, T.D.B., & Beschorner, K.E. (2019). Computational model of shoe wear progression: Comparison with experimental results. WEAR, 422, 235-241.Elsevier BV. doi: 10.1016/j.wear.2019.01.070.

Nazifi, M.M., Beschorner, K.E., & Hur, P. (2019). Do Walking Muscle Synergies Influence Propensity of Severe Slipping?. FRONTIERS IN HUMAN NEUROSCIENCE, 13, 383.Frontiers Media SA. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2019.00383.

Pliner, E.M., Seo, N.J., Ramakrishnan, V., & Beschorner, K.E. (2019). Effects of upper body strength, hand placement and foot placement on ladder fall severity. GAIT & POSTURE, 68, 23-29.Elsevier BV. doi: 10.1016/j.gaitpost.2018.10.035.

Beschorner, K.E., Slota, G.P., Pliner, E.M., Spaho, E., & Seo, N.J. (2018). Effects of Gloves and Pulling Task on Achievable Downward Pull Forces on a Rung. HUMAN FACTORS, 60(2), 191-200.SAGE Publications. doi: 10.1177/0018720817742515.

Chanda, A., Jones, T.G., & Beschorner, K.E. (2018). Generalizability of Footwear Traction Performance across Flooring and Contaminant Conditions. IISE Trans Occup Ergon Hum Factors, 6(2), 98-108.Informa UK Limited. doi: 10.1080/24725838.2018.1517702.

Iraqi, A., Cham, R., Redfern, M.S., & Beschorner, K.E. (2018). Coefficient of friction testing parameters influence the prediction of human slips. APPLIED ERGONOMICS, 70, 118-126.Elsevier BV. doi: 10.1016/j.apergo.2018.02.017.

Iraqi, A., Cham, R., Redfern, M.S., Vidic, N.S., & Beschorner, K.E. (2018). Kinematics and kinetics of the shoe during human slips. JOURNAL OF BIOMECHANICS, 74, 57-63.Elsevier BV. doi: 10.1016/j.jbiomech.2018.04.018.

Jones, T., Iraqi, A., & Beschorner, K. (2018). Performance testing of work shoes labeled as slip resistant. APPLIED ERGONOMICS, 68, 304-312.Elsevier BV. doi: 10.1016/j.apergo.2017.12.008.

Moghaddam, S.R.M., & Beschorner, K.E. (2018). Predicting shoe-floor contact pressures and their impact on coefficient of friction using finite element analysis. 24-28.

Moghaddam, S.R.M., Acharya, A., Redfern, M.S., & Beschorner, K.E. (2018). Predictive multiscale computational model of shoe-floor coefficient of friction. JOURNAL OF BIOMECHANICS, 66, 145-152.Elsevier BV. doi: 10.1016/j.jbiomech.2017.11.009.

Nazifi, M.M., Beschorner, K.E., & Hur, P. (2017). Association between Slip Severity and Muscle Synergies of Slipping. FRONTIERS IN HUMAN NEUROSCIENCE, 11, 536.Frontiers Media SA. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2017.00536.

Nazifi, M.M., Yoon, H.U., Beschorner, K., & Hur, P. (2017). Shared and Task-Specific Muscle Synergies during Normal Walking and Slipping. Front Hum Neurosci, 11, 40.Frontiers Media SA. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2017.00040.

Pliner, E.M., Seo, N.J., & Beschorner, K.E. (2017). Factors affecting fall severity from a ladder: Impact of climbing direction, gloves, gender and adaptation. APPLIED ERGONOMICS, 60, 163-170.Elsevier BV. doi: 10.1016/j.apergo.2016.11.011.

Beschorner, K.E., Albert, D.L., & Redfern, M.S. (2016). Required coefficient of friction during level walking is predictive of slipping. GAIT & POSTURE, 48, 256-260.Elsevier BV. doi: 10.1016/j.gaitpost.2016.06.003.

Cowap, M.J.H., Moghaddam, S.R.M., Menezes, P.L., & Beschorner, K.E. (2015). Contributions of adhesion and hysteresis to coefficient of friction between shoe and floor surfaces: effects of floor roughness and sliding speed. Tribology - Materials, Surfaces & Interfaces, 9(2), 77-84.Informa UK Limited. doi: 10.1179/1751584x15y.0000000005.

Moghaddam, S.R.M., Redfern, M.S., & Beschorner, K.E. (2015). A Microscopic Finite Element Model of Shoe-Floor Hysteresis and Adhesion Friction. TRIBOLOGY LETTERS, 59(3).Springer Science and Business Media LLC. doi: 10.1007/s11249-015-0570-x.

Schnorenberg, A.J., Campbell-Kyureghyan, N.H., & Beschorner, K.E. (2015). Biomechanical response to ladder slipping events: Effects of hand placement. JOURNAL OF BIOMECHANICS, 48(14), 3810-3815.Elsevier BV. doi: 10.1016/j.jbiomech.2015.09.001.

Beschorner, K.E., Albert, D.L., Chambers, A.J., & Redfern, M.S. (2014). Fluid pressures at the shoe-floor-contaminant interface during slips: Effects of tread & implications on slip severity. JOURNAL OF BIOMECHANICS, 47(2), 458-463.Elsevier BV. doi: 10.1016/j.jbiomech.2013.10.046.

Pliner, E.M., Campbell-Kyureghyan, N.H., & Beschorner, K.E. (2014). Effects of foot placement, hand positioning, age and climbing biodynamics on ladder slip outcomes. ERGONOMICS, 57(11), 1739-1749.Informa UK Limited. doi: 10.1080/00140139.2014.943681.

Singh, G., & Beschorner, K.E. (2014). A Method for Measuring Fluid Pressures in the Shoe-Floor-Fluid Interface: Application to Shoe Tread Evaluation. IIE Trans Occup, 2(2), 53-59.Informa UK Limited. doi: 10.1080/21577323.2014.919367.

Beschorner, K.E. (2013). Biotribology and Human Tribology. In Tribology for Scientists and Engineers. 9781461419457, (pp. 583-603).Springer New York. doi: 10.1007/978-1-4614-1945-7_17.

Beschorner, K.E., Milanowski, A., Tomashek, D., & Smith, R.O. (2013). Effect of multifocal lens glasses on the stepping patterns of novice wearers. GAIT & POSTURE, 38(4), 1015-1020.Elsevier BV. doi: 10.1016/j.gaitpost.2013.05.014.

Beschorner, K.E., Redfern, M.S., & Cham, R. (2013). Earliest Gait Deviations During Slips: Implications For Recovery. IIE Transactions on Occupational Ergonomics and Human Factors, 1(1), 31-37.Informa UK Limited. doi: 10.1080/21577323.2012.660904.

Moore, C.T., Menezes, P.L., Lovell, M.R., & Beschorner, K.E. (2012). Analysis of Shoe Friction During Sliding Against Floor Material: Role of Fluid Contaminant. JOURNAL OF TRIBOLOGY-TRANSACTIONS OF THE ASME, 134(4), 041104.ASME International. doi: 10.1115/1.4007346.

Strobel, C.M., Menezes, P.L., Lovell, M.R., & Beschorner, K.E. (2012). Analysis of the Contribution of Adhesion and Hysteresis to Shoe-Floor Lubricated Friction in the Boundary Lubrication Regime. TRIBOLOGY LETTERS, 47(3), 341-347.Springer Science and Business Media LLC. doi: 10.1007/s11249-012-9989-5.

Tomashek, D., Keenan, K., Beschorner, K., & Smith, R. (2011). Poster 36 The Influence of Corrective Lenses on Foot Displacement during Gait: Implications on Falling and Disability. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 92(10), 1703-1704.Elsevier BV. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2011.07.059.

Beschorner, K., III, H.C.F., & Lovell, M. (2009). Solution of Reynolds Equation in Polar Coordinates Applicable to Nonsymmetric Entrainment Velocities. JOURNAL OF TRIBOLOGY-TRANSACTIONS OF THE ASME, 131(3), 1-5.ASME International. doi: 10.1115/1.3118783.

Beschorner, K., Lovell, M., III, H.C.F., & Redfern, M.S. (2009). Modeling Mixed-Lubrication of a Shoe-Floor Interface Applied to a Pin-on-Disk Apparatus. TRIBOLOGY TRANSACTIONS, 52(4), 560-568.Informa UK Limited. doi: 10.1080/10402000902825705.

Beschorner, K., & Cham, R. (2008). Impact of joint torques on heel acceleration at heel contact, a contributor to slips and falls. ERGONOMICS, 51(12), 1799-1813.Informa UK Limited. doi: 10.1080/00140130802136479.

Beschorner, K.E., Redfern, M.S., Porter, W.L., & Debski, R.E. (2007). Effects of slip testing parameters on measured coefficient of friction. APPLIED ERGONOMICS, 38(6), 773-780.Elsevier BV. doi: 10.1016/j.apergo.2006.10.005.

Pliner, E.M., Dukes, A., Beschorner, K.E., & Mahboobin, A. (2020). Work in progress: Engaging early career students in bioengineering with student-specific content. In ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings, 2020-June.

Pliner, E.M., & Beschorner, K.E. (2019). Increased Hand-Rung Force Is Associated with Increased Ladder Fall Risk. In Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, 819, (pp. 800-806).Springer International Publishing. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-96089-0_88.

Hemler, S.L., Redfern, M.S., Haight, J.M., & Beschorner, K.E. (2018). Influence of Natural Wear Progression on Shoe Floor Traction – A Pilot Study. In Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting, 62(1), (pp. 1358-1362).SAGE Publications. doi: 10.1177/1541931218621310.

Martin, E., Pliner, E., & Beschorner, K. (2018). Characterizing the Required Friction during Ladder Climbing. In Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting, 62(1), (pp. 1624-1628).SAGE Publications. doi: 10.1177/1541931218621367.

Sundaram, V., Iraqi, A., Cham, R., Nasarwanji, M., Pollard, J.P., & Beschorner, K.E. (2018). The effects of gender, age, weight, and height on biomechanical properties related to slipping. In 73rd Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers Annual Meeting and Exhibition 2018, (pp. 27-31).

Beschorner, K.E., Jones, T.G., & Iraqi, A. (2017). The Combined Benefits of Slip-Resistant Shoes and High Traction Flooring on Coefficient of Friction Exceeds Their Individual Contributions. In Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting, 61(1), (pp. 931-935).SAGE Publications. doi: 10.1177/1541931213601715.

Hemler, S.L., Charbonneau, D.N., & Beschorner, K.E. (2017). Effects of Shoe Wear on Slipping – Implications for Shoe Replacement Threshold. In Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting, 61(1), (pp. 1424-1428).SAGE Publications. doi: 10.1177/1541931213601839.

Iraqi, A., & Beschorner, K.E. (2017). Vertical Ground Reaction Forces During Unexpected Human Slips. In Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting, 61(1), (pp. 924-928).SAGE Publications. doi: 10.1177/1541931213601713.

Pliner, E., & Beschorner, K. (2017). Effects of Ladder Climbing Patterns on Fall Severity. In Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting, 61(1), (pp. 940-944).SAGE Publications. doi: 10.1177/1541931213601717.

Seneli, R.M., Beschorner, K.E., Keenan, K., Earl-Boehm, J.E., O'Connor, K., & Cobb, S.C. (2016). Foot Joint Coupling Variability in Rearfoot and Forefoot Runners After an Exhaustive Run. In MEDICINE AND SCIENCE IN SPORTS AND EXERCISE, 48(5), (pp. 1075-1076).Ovid Technologies (Wolters Kluwer Health). doi: 10.1249/01.mss.0000488236.10388.43.

Vogt, A.P., Merryweather, A., Beschorner, K., & Bamberg, S.J.M. (2013). Potential to fall of bipeds using foot kinematics. In Annu Int Conf IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc, 2013, (pp. 4746-4750).IEEE.United States. doi: 10.1109/EMBC.2013.6610608.

Beschorner, K. (2012). Experimental and Modeling Studies for Understanding Shoe-Floor-Contaminant Friction and Designing for Slip-Resistance. In ASME/STLE 2012 International Joint Tribology Conference, (pp. 127-129).American Society of Mechanical Engineers. doi: 10.1115/ijtc2012-61191.

Beschorner, K.E., & Singh, G. (2012). A Novel Method for Evaluating the Effectiveness of Shoe-Tread Designs Relevant to Slip and Fall Accidents. In Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting, 56(1), (pp. 2388-2392).SAGE Publications. doi: 10.1177/1071181312561560.

Cowap, M., & Beschorner, K. (2012). The Effects of Floor Roughness on Shoe-Floor Friction Adhesion and Hysteresis. In ASME/STLE 2012 International Joint Tribology Conference, (pp. 111-113).American Society of Mechanical Engineers. doi: 10.1115/ijtc2012-61152.

Singh, G., & Beschorner, K. (2012). Influence of Hydrodynamic Fluid Pressure and Shoe Tread Depth on Available Coefficient of Friction. In ASME/STLE 2012 International Joint Tribology Conference, (pp. 49-51).American Society of Mechanical Engineers. doi: 10.1115/ijtc2012-61173.

Singh, G., Hasija, V., Menezes, P.L., & Beschorner, K. (2012). Using a 3-Dimensional Viscoelastic Finite Element Model to Analyze the Effects of Floor Roughness, Sliding Speed and Material Properties on Shoe-Floor Friction. In ASME/STLE 2012 International Joint Tribology Conference, (pp. 255-257).American Society of Mechanical Engineers. doi: 10.1115/ijtc2012-61176.

Moore, C., Beschorner, K., Menezes, P.L., & Lovell, M.R. (2011). Analysis of the Contribution of Adhesion and Ploughing to Shoe-Floor Lubricated Friction in the Boundary Lubrication Regime. In ASME/STLE 2011 Joint Tribology Conference, (pp. 43-45).ASMEDC. doi: 10.1115/ijtc2011-61197.

Moore, C., & Beschorner, K. (2010). Effects of Varying Shoe Surface Roughness on COF Between Shoe and Floor Material in the Presence of a Liquid Contaminant. In STLE/ASME 2010 International Joint Tribology Conference, (pp. 49-51).ASMEDC. doi: 10.1115/ijtc2010-41179.

Beschorner, K.E., Higgs, C.F., & Lovell, M.R. (2009). Derivation of reynolds equation in cylindrical coordinates applicable to pin-on-disk and CMP. In 2008 Proceedings of the STLE/ASME International Joint Tribology Conference, IJTC 2008, (pp. 399-401).

Beschorner, K.E., Lovell, M.R., Higgs, C.F., & Redfern, M.S. (2009). A mixed-lubrication model for shoe-floor friction applied to pin-on-disk apparatus. In 2008 Proceedings of the STLE/ASME International Joint Tribology Conference, IJTC 2008, (pp. 143-145).

Fred Higgs, C., Lovell, M., Beschorner, K., & Redfern, M. (2008). Modeling Shoe-Floor-Contaminant Friction Applied to a Pin-on-Disk Apparatus. In Contemporary Ergonomics 2008, (pp. 717-722).Taylor & Francis. doi: 10.1201/9780203883259.ch115.

Beschorner, K.E., Lovell, M.R., & Redfern, M.S. (2007). Shoe-Floor Frictional Properties for Varying Sliding Speed, Pressure and Contaminant. In ASME/STLE 2007 International Joint Tribology Conference, Parts A and B, PART B, (pp. 961-963).ASMEDC. doi: 10.1115/ijtc2007-44363.

Research interests

prevention of falls in older adults
prevention of slips, trips and...
slip resistant shoe and floor...
Whole-body biomechanics