I’ve spent the last 8 years serving the Tactical Electronic Warfare Division – Vehicle Research Section of the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C as a Mechanical Engineer, and has most recently joined the Mechanical Engineering department at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) as an Assistant Professor. I have extensive experience in unmanned systems, deceptive devices (decoys), and biomechanics, with projects including Large Diameter Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (LDUUV), Ion Tiger Fuel Cell Powered UAV, Ship-launched Electronic Warfare Extended Endurance Decoy, Omni-Directional Inflatable Radar Reflector, MK 59 Failure Review Board, Resistance Exercise Machine within Lower Body Negative Pressure for Counteracting Effects of Microgravity, and Biomechanical Responses of the Knee Complex in Response to a Non-Linear Spring-Loaded Knee Joint Orthosis. I currently serve as a primary investigator for the Embry-Riddle biomechanics analysis laboratory, using my expertise in biomechanics, computer science, imaging, and neuroscience to analyze muscle function, study human movement, enhance medical rehabilitation protocols, and optimize human performance. I’m also an active supporter of engineering and science for all. I promote STEM through educational opportunities. I’ve presented with host Ira Flatow from Science Friday and served 3 years as co-host for RoboNation TV; a program established by the Association for Unmanned Vehicles Systems International (AUVSI) Foundation.
I stay away from SugarCHRISTINE DAILEY WALCK
No sugar. 6-7 meals a day. Carbs always right after weight training.
Glutamine and taurine and COFFEE.
Is weight loss more of a fitness issue or a health issue in your opinion and why?
Both. They go hand-in-hand. However, they are also very separate and therefore we should focus on both equally. Fit people get sick. Unfit people get sick. However, being fit could lessen the chances of getting an illness related to weight.
If you have 100 tokens in total and you could apply them to the following categories, how many would you apply to each?
Fitness level: 50
Health level: 50
Do you prefer to take and recommend all-natural (no sugar, no artificial colors/flavors/sweeteners) supplements or supplements with artificial flavors and sweeteners? And Why?
Sugar, for me, is a trigger and a start down a path of old habits so I stay clear of all sugars.
What separates Status from other fitness magazines?
You actually support your viewers/followers and I love that.
Describe your coaches and the impact they have on you?
I don’t really have coaches BUT I do have these two gentlemen:
Crossfit Coach at The Nova Training Center: Ben – I love his continuous positive attitude day in and day out; commitment to helping others; and his way of explaining complex movements. Made a huge difference in my CrossFit performance.
Nutrition: Mike Davies – I learned to love and trust carbs with his simple plans/suggestions. I highly recommend him! I will honestly use him for life. I don’t have to spend time making my own plans anymore or overthinking things. Simple and effective. This man RULES!
If you could ask Status Fitness Magazine Editor in Chief Rodney Jang any industry question, what would that be?
What is your definition of an athlete?
Future fitness goals and plans?
To continue being the best athlete I can be while also being the best wife and professional I can be.
To be happy and healthy with my husband.
3 things people don’t know about you?
1. I’m an engineer and a research scientist.
2. I’m not sure I can have children (nothing is impossible but pretty slim chances).
3. I train because when my body is fit, my mind and soul follow. When I feel unfit or weak, my life tends to fall into depression or a state of failure. I do my best when I’m at my best.
5 lessons you have learned?
1. Do not be scared of food but rather learn what works with and for your body in the ways you need/want.
2. Do not label yourself with a single identifier.
3. Love others for who they are without wanting to change them.
4. Be patient. Listen more than you speak.
5. Be thankful for what you have.
5 most important attributes you see in a person?
Character, heart, ethics, commitment to their word, truth.
If you could inspire one person, who would that be? And why?
I hope I can inspire anyone who needs it. Inspiration is a powerful tool however dedication is what counts in the long haul.
Who inspires you? And why?
My husband. No matter what trials or tribulations he faces, he remains kind, patient, giving, and strong. He is my better half. He is my heart and my soul. I look to him for strength and patience when mine runs low.
“Be everything and anything you want”.
Photographer: Greg Diesel Walck