Erika Pliner received the 2019 Pre-doctoral Young Scientist award from the American Society of Biomechanics (ASB) in recognition of the scientific achievements in her work determining individual, environmental, and biomechanical factors that contribute to ladder fall risk. She takes a multifaceted approach to determine risk factors, and has tested younger and older adults, designed occupational and domestic-based ladder experiments, and investigated factors that precede and follow a ladder falling event. Outcomes from her work have already revealed impactful knowledge to reduce ladder fall injuries. She is currently a bioengineering PhD candidate at the University of Pittsburgh. Learn more about her work.