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Ed Potkanowicz

Associate Professor of Exercise Physiology
Department of Human Performance & Sport
King-Horn Center 106B
525 S. Main Street
Ada, OH 45810

Dr. Edward S. Potkanowicz arrived at Ohio Northern in 2011. In addition to his teaching and research responsibilities at ONU, Dr. Potkanowicz is responsible for the coordination and development of new clinical experiences.

Dr. Potkanowicz received his undergraduate degree in exercise science from Youngstown State University (Youngstown, Ohio). After stints at both the White House (Washington, D.C.) and the Cleveland Clinic Foundation (Cleveland, Ohio) where he served as an exercise specialist, Dr. Potkanowicz began his graduate work at Kent State University (Kent, Ohio) receiving both his master’s and doctorate degrees in 2002 and
2003, respectively.

Prior to his arrival at Ohio Northern, Dr. Potkanowicz served as a faculty member and graduate program coordinator at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago from 2003 until 2006. From 2006 until 2011, Dr. Potkanowicz was on faculty in the exercise physiology program at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. In 2011 Dr. Potkanowicz arrived at Ohio Northern and assumed his position in the exercise physiology program. Dr. Potkanowicz has two research agendas and has been fortunate enough to be able to combine them at times. The first is in the area of the physiology of aging, while the second is in the area of human thermoregulation and sports performance.

With regard to his interest in aging, Dr. Potkanowicz has, for a long time, had a desire to uncover and discover ways of improving the quality of life of the aging adult. It is Dr. Potkanowicz’s belief that, through the inclusion of regular physical activity, the aging adult can have a more fulfilling life experience and enjoy a much better quality of life.

His second research interest is in the area of human thermoregulation and sports performance. More specifically Dr. Potkanowicz examines the performance deficits that an athlete experiences while performing in extreme environments. His most current project is called “The R.A.C.E.R. Project”. This is an acronym for The Real Assessment of Core and Environmental Responses. The project has been examining the physiological responses exhibited by closed and open cockpit racecar drivers (i.e. Indy Car, Formula 1, and NASCAR). The project’s goal is to design a new biometric sensor that will allow for the real-time assessment of the driver’s physiological response to the microenvironment of the cockpit during actual race events.

Dr. Potkanowicz and his wife Deanna (a clinical psychologist and full time faculty member in Psychology at Bluffton University in Bluffton, Ohio) are regular runners and have completed a number of 5k, 10K, and half marathons together and enjoying running on the Green Monster. Dr. Potkanowicz can be found most days, working in his office located in the King Horn Sports Complex, Room 106B. Feel free to stop by.

Department of Human Performance and Sport Sciences

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