The Engineering of Fitness

Recently, Dean Chell Roberts, PhD, of the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering was invited by Maureen, a 1982 School of Business alumna, and Jeff Partynski to visit the Life Fitness corporate headquarters outside of Chicago. Life Fitness started more than 40 years ago by creating the Lifecycle, the first piece of electronic fitness equipment, and has grown to be a global leader in the fitness industry. Dr. Roberts met with Chris Clawson, the president of Life Fitness, along with several other members of the corporate team, including Mike Edwards, vice president of Engineering.

Life Fitness is a state-of-the-art engineering facility that includes extensive biomedical research, innovative human centered design and testing, and cutting edge manufacturing technology. Dr. Roberts noted that, “This company embodies precisely the sort of comprehensive engineering process from inspiration to innovation to product production that we are building into our engineering curriculum.”

As he toured the facility, Dr. Roberts had a chance to discuss internship and senior design projects for Shiley-Marcos engineering students. “In this day of outsourcing, it’s refreshing to see a company that encourages an all-inclusive engineering approach. Life Fitness is an ideal partner for the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering. Interning students could have a wonderful immersion learning experience.”

And of course, the day wouldn’t have been complete without a little cardio!