Shawn Sorenson, PhD

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Shawn Sorenson, PhD
Senior Project Coordinator

Primary Service: Health Initiatives



BS Mechanical Engineering (cum laude), Rice University, 2002
MS Biokinesiology, University of Southern California, 2008
PhD Biokinesiology, University of Southern California, 2012


The Boeing Company, 2001–2004: Worked as a structural, thermal, and mechanical test engineer in the NASA Space Shuttle Program.
ViaSat, Inc., 2005–2007: Provided program management and technical engineering support.
University of Southern California, 2007–2017 and S.C. Sorenson Consulting, 2012–2017: Led the first study of lifetime health and exercise in modern athletes, developed related education and assessment programs, and served as a public advocate for athletes' health.

Professional Memberships

American College of Sports Medicine
National Strength and Conditioning Association

Areas of Interest

I am passionate about applying evidence-based approaches from a wide range of fields and diverse perspectives to maximize life-long health and well-being. As a scientist and former engineer, I advocate rigorous analytical techniques. As a human first and foremost, I celebrate the essential value of personal human connections.

A Pacific Northwest native, I enjoy nature and the outdoors, sports and exercise, learning new things, and spending quality time with friends and family.