PhD candidate biomedical engineering, Carleton University

Alicia Gal completed her MASc in Biomedical Engineering here at Carleton University, and has a Bachelor of Physical and Health Education (BPHE) with a minor in Mathematics from Nipissing University. She also completed Pre-Service Firefighting (PSFF) while playing varsity soccer and hockey at Lambton College, winning Athlete of the Year and an OCAA All Academic standing. She is currently continuing her first of its kind research in the brand new Biomedical Engineering PhD degree at Carleton, within the Ottawa-Carleton Institute for Biomedical Engineering (OCIBME). During her Master's, Alicia was honoured as a TechGirl of Canada Portrait of Strength (women in "STEM who have helped break barriers and achieved great things within their industry"). During her stay at Lambton, Alicia was awarded the Ontario Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology: Memorial Awards Program for Women in Technology. Alicia is part of the new NSERC CREATE training program Research and Education in Accessibility, Design, and Innovation (READi); collaborating universities include Carleton, Ottawa, and Queens. Recently, Alicia accepted a contract instructor position within the Dept of Health Science here at Carleton, teaching the newly added graduate requirement, New Health Technologies. She has been teaching fitness since 2004, and yes, that is her you hear encouraging Ravens to push a little more in Athletics. Alicia assisted in the comeback of Raven's Football during the first three years as their Stretch Coach. She has over 15 years of sport-specific work, and is starting her 6th year here at Carleton. After a 10 year hiatus, Alicia and her canoe partner competed in a grueling 64 km canoe race from North Bay to Mattawa, earning them another year of hardware and records in the North Bay - Mattawa Conservation Hall of Fame (total races 6).

Publications

- Gal, AM, "Biomechanical analysis of the stroking cycle in the sport of sledge hockey", M.A.Sc. Biomedical Engineering Thesis, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, 2013.
- Gal AM, Chan ADC, Hay DC, "Investigating the seated double poling cycle: Identifying baseline measures of the preparation phase", 33rd International Conference on Biomechanics in Sport (ISBS), Poitiers, France, pp. 1-4, 2015.
- Gal AM, Chan ADC, Hay DC, "Validating a solid-static single-armed male prototype tasked to produce dynamic movement from the shoulder through the preparation phase", International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering (IFMBE) Proceedings, World Congress on Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering (IUPESM), Toronto, Canada, vol. 51, pp. 1146-1149, 2015.
- Gal AM, Chan ADC, Hay DC, "2 and 3-dimensional biomechanical analysis of the linear stroking cycle in the sport of sledge hockey: Glenohumeral joint kinematic, kinetic and surface EMG muscle modeling on and off ice", Proceedings of 13th International Symposium on 3D Analysis of Human Movement (3D AHM), Lausanne, Switzerland, pp. 108-111, 2014.
- Gal AM, Chan ADC, Hay DC, "Investigation of the relationship between peak impact and push-off reaction forces, and potential upper limb overuse/overloading injuries introduced from skating in the sport of sledge hockey", Own the Podium SPorts INnovation (SPIN) Summit, Calgary, Canada, 2016.
- Gal AM, Chan ADC, Hay DC, "Differences between sagittal plane static start and mid-cycle stroke biomechanics during skating for the sport of sledge hockey: Task na�ve population", Own the Podium SPorts INnovation (SPIN) Summit, Calgary, Canada, 2016.
- Gal AM, Chan ADC, Hay DC, "Baseline impact reaction forces in a seated downward short pole free-drop: A biomechanical investigation of elbow angle upon impact in the sport of sledge hockey", Own the Podium SPorts INnovation (SPIN) Summit, Toronto, Canada, 2015.
- Gal AM, Chan ADC, Hay DC, "Shoulder joint produced weight-bearing mobility: Defining gait", Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) National Conference (WISE- NC), Toronto, Canada, 2015.
- Gal AM, Chan ADC, Hay DC, "Propulsion in sledge hockey: A biomechanical analysis to define gait", Own the Podium SPorts INnovation (SPIN) Summit, Montreal, Canada, 2014
- Gal AM, Raymer GH, "Differences between forward and defense hockey players during repeated high-intensity bursts of forward and backwards skating", 5th Annual Undergraduate Research Conference, Nipissing University, North Bay, Canada, 2011.

Experience

  • –present
    PhD candidate biomedical engineering, Carleton University