Dr. Rebecca Zifchock

Professor of Biomechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering Program Director



Dr. Rebecca Zifchock received her doctoral degree in Biomechanics from the University of Delaware in 2007, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City.  She became a member of the Department of Civil & Mechanical Engineering faculty at the U.S. Military Academy in 2010 and has taught courses in Biomechanics, Computer Aided Design, Engineering Design, Thermal-Fluids, and Engineering Materials and Design.  Dr. Zifchock is a founding member of the Center for Innovation and Engineering.  She is currently serving as the ME Program Director and Design and Professional Topics Thread Leader for Mechanical Engineering.      


Ongoing Research Projects

Biomechanics of Human Movement and Soldier Loading

Publications & Presentations

Selected Peer-reviewed technical publications:

Miller, EM, Crowell, MS, Morris, JB, Mason, JS, Zifchock, RA, Goss, DL.  Gait Retraining Improves Running Impact Loading and Function in Previously Injured.  2020.  Military Medicine

Link: https://doi.org/10.1093/milmed/usaa383

Helton, GL, Cameron, KL, Zifchock, RA, Miller, E, Goss, DL, Song, J, Neary, MT.  Association Between Running Shoe Characteristics and Lower Extremity Injuries in United States Military Academy Cadets.  2019.  American Journal of Sports Medicine, 47(12):2853-2862.

Link: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0363546519870534

Chao, C, Song, J, Neary, M, Goss, D, Cameron, K, Zifchock, R, Hannan, M, Thaqi, I, Shahid, M, Trepal, M, Pasquale, M, Hillstrom, H.  Changes in Foot Function between Baseline and 1-year Follow-up in West Point Cadets.  2019.  Footwear Science, 11(sup1), S171.

Link: https://doi.org/10.1080/19424280.2019.1606312