Longtime CCSU professor has laboratory named in his honor

Published on Thursday, 3 October 2019 20:53
Written by Adam Hushin


NEW BRITAIN - Dr. Antone B. Capitao, a Central Connecticut State University professor emeritus and longtime supporter of the school, was honored Thursday at a ceremony naming a biomechanics laboratory on campus after him.

Capitao was on the CCSU faculty from 1971 until his retirement in 2014. He taught 31 courses over his career and was honored with the Excellence in Teaching Award for the 1997-98 academic year.

Capitao is credited for being a major contributor to the Physical Education and Human Performance Department, and with being responsible for creating the space housing the biomechanics lab that now bears his name.

Jason Melnyk, the department chairman, noted the impact that Capitao had on the department and the biomechanics lab in particular.

“He gave a lot,” Melnyk said.

The lab has a fresh name, but has been fully functioning for faculty and students for about two years, Melnyk said.

The most important aspect of the lab, according to Melnyk, is a 3D motion analysis system designed to precisely track body movement. The same technology is used in Hollywood in the creation of CGI effects, but at CCSU it is used by PEHP majors to examine how the human body works.

Students who use the lab to track human motion and activity will use the knowledge to one day become prosthetic limb designers, strength and conditioning coaches or physical therapists, among other jobs, according to faculty member Cheehoi Leong.

Leong is the professor who primarily operates the lab now named after Capitao.

Leong attributes much of the work he’s able to do now to the work Capitao did in the past.

“He’s the pioneer of the work we have here,” Leong said. “It’s all evolved to this.”

Leong went on to say that everything that Capitao has given to the program is a result of his personality and willingness to provide for students.

“It’s nice to see he’s still contributing. It’s no surprise. He cares about students; that’s just his personality,” Leong said.

After the ribbon cutting and unveiling of a plaque, Capitao had a chance to speak. He began by expressing appreciation for several others.

“Contrary to popular belief, this room didn’t happen because of just one person,” Capitao said.

After these opening remarks, Capitao gave a brief history of how the laboratory has evolved since the project began, but went on to say he hopes it doesn’t stop here.

“Hopefully, this room is just starting,” Capitao said.

Capitao concluded with a statement that reflected what Leong said about his generosity and willingness to help students.

“This room is something that will be good for students, and as long as you keep that as your guiding principle, you can’t go wrong,” Capitao said.

The Dr. Antone B. Capitao Biomechanics Laboratory Classroom is on the bottom floor of Kaiser Hall.

Contact Adam Hushin at 860-801-5046 or ahushin@centralctcommunications.com.

Posted in New Britain Herald, New Britain on Thursday, 3 October 2019 20:53. Updated: Thursday, 3 October 2019 20:55.