The Sports Science Laboratory (SSL) specializes in the dynamics of bat and ball collisions. The results of this work help regulating agencies better understand equipment performance through experimental testing and numeric models. The lab is certified with the ASA, NCAA, and USA Baseball and contracts with bat and ball manufacturers to verify compliance and evaluate prototype products.
Our lab consists of director Dr. Lloyd V. Smith, manager Jeff Kensrud, lab engineer Derek Nevins, senior research technologist Jon Ward, program specialist Tana Crawford, and a staff of Mechanical Engineering undergraduate technicians. The lab also supports graduate students who conduct sports science research.