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Maxine Kwan

About Me

Recent PhD graduate looking for fun research projects that involve modelling the dynamics of bio-related mechanical systems.
Interests: Human locomotion, biomimetics


Doctor of Philosophy, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Aalborg University, Denmark, September 2010.
Thesis: Designing the world’s best badminton racket
Advisor: Dr. John Rasmussen 
Master of Science, Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering, University of California, Davis, December 2006.
Thesis: Dynamic walking—how do feet and ankles affect efficiency?
Advisor: Dr. Mont Hubbard
Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, May 2004.
Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland, Study Abroad Program (2002-2003)

Publication, Abstract, and Presentations

Kwan, M., de Zee, M., and Rasmussen J. Effects of racket swingweight on racket power in badminton. (Submitted May 2010 to Journal of Sports Sciences)
Kwan, M., Andersen, M. S., Cheng, C.-L., Tang, W.-T., and Rasmussen, J. Investigation of high-speed badminton racket kinematics by motion capture. (Accepted August 2010 to Sports Engineering)
Kwan, M., Cheng, C.-L., Tang, W.-T., and Rasmussen, J. (2010). Measurement of badminton racket deflection during a stroke. Sports Engineering, 12:143–153.
Kwan, M. and Rasmussen, J. (2010). The importance of being elastic: Deflection of a badminton racket during a stroke. Journal of Sports Sciences, 28:505–511.
Kwan, M., Cheng, C.-L., Tang, W.-T., and Rasmussen, J. (2009) Measuring kinematics of a badminton racket using strain gages. The Impact of Technology on Sport III (eds. F. Alam, L. V. Smith, A. Subic, F. K. Fuss and S. Ujihashi). pp. 233–237.
Kwan, M., de Zee, M., and Rasmussen, J. (2008) Dynamic effects of badminton racket compliance. Journal of Biomechanics, 41, Supplement 1, Abstracts of the 16th Congress, European Society of Biomechanics, S88.
Kwan, M., Andersen, M.S., de Zee, M., and Rasmussen, J. (2008) Dynamic model of a badminton stroke. The Engineering of Sport 7 (eds. M. Estivalet and P. Brisson). pp. 563–571.
Kwan, M., and Hubbard, M.  (2007) Optimal foot shape for a passive dynamic biped. Journal of Theoretical Biology, 248:331-339.
Kwan, M., and Hubbard, M.  Passive dynamic walking – the role of feet and ankles.  Presented at the 5th World Congress of Biomechanics, 2006.
Kwan, M., and Hubbard, M.  Effects of hip spring and impulsive actuation on dynamic walking.  Presented at the Dynamic Walking 2006 conference.
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