2023 Graduate of Distinction
Dr. Megan Barry Schroeder
Class of 2002
Dr. Megan Barry Schroeder graduated from Lehighton High School in 2002. During her senior year, Megan was president of the National Honor Society, president of the Student Council and valedictorian of her class. She also excelled on the athletic field, playing varsity basketball, softball and field hockey. After graduation, she attended Yale University where she studied biomedical engineering, earning her Bachelor of Science degree and graduating cum laude with distinction in her major. Megan was awarded the Wohlenberg Prize for Berkeley College, Yale University as the outstanding senior engineering student. After graduating from Yale, she continued her education at Northwestern University where she earned her Master of Science and Doctorate (PhD) in Biomedical Engineering in 2014. Her doctoral research was conducted at the world-renowned Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and was recognized with a multi-year grant from the Arthritis Foundation. In addition to her biomechanics studies, she also earned a Certificate in Management for Scientists and Engineers from the Kellogg School of Management. After completing her doctorate at Northwestern, she was accepted at the Insight Data Science Program in New York City as a postdoctoral fellow.
In the spring of 2015, Dr. Schroeder was hired by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the newly formed Baseball Research and Development Department as a Senior Analyst. Over the next several years, the Dodgers invested heavily in personnel and technology, building one of the largest R&D teams in Major League Baseball. Dr. Schroeder was tasked with developing initiatives to introduce and support the collection and analysis of player biomechanics data to help optimize movement patterns for improved on-field performance and injury rehabilitation. In her current role as Senior Director, Performance Science, she oversees a team of individuals with diverse backgrounds who are charged with integrating this information across internal platforms and sharing it with coaches, medical staff, scouts, players, and the front office.
Dr. Schroeder has used her platform with the Dodgers to serve as an advocate and role model to encourage young girls to enter Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. She and her department have worked to support the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF) and their Science of Sport curriculum program, focusing on elementary and middle school students in underserved communities in the Los Angeles area. Dr. Schroeder has been invited to speak on panels at Sports Conferences across the country, most recently at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston, MA (2023). Last year, she represented the Dodgers at the Women in Sports Data Symposium 2022 held in Brooklyn, NY. She was the subject of an article by the Los Angeles Times about women in baseball and was featured in an MLB Discovery Education video where she spoke about the importance of STEM in her career.
Dr. Schroeder currently lives in Glendale, CA with her husband and two daughters. She is the daughter of Maj Gen (Ret) Jay and Christine Barry.