Sean Machak, MA

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MA, Sports Administration and Leadership

Exercise Scientist & Laboratory Supervisor, Kinesiology Department

Phone: 206-296-2026

Building/Room: HUNT 090A


Sean is an exercise scientist, musician and mentor. Currently, he is the Laboratory Supervisor for Seattle University’s Sport and Exercise Science (SPEX) undergraduate program, as well as an adjunct faculty member. Starting at the university since the launch of the SPEX program, Sean has developed his career in applied corporate research, elite athlete development, clinical exercise management, and consultation for various regional and national organizations looking to engage in exercise science practices. Students work with Sean in the lab regularly, and with the growth of the program from two students to now over 150 enrolled, Sean will supervise a new, larger laboratory located on campus. In 2012 Sean completed his Master’s Degree in Sport Administration and Leadership. He graduated from Linfield College with a B.S. in Exercise Science, and has been an ACSM Clinical Exercise Specialist since 2011.

Sean’s specific research interest lies in exercise physiology. Specifically, he has done extensive work in gas exchange testing looking at energy expenditure, substrate utilization and ventilatory/lactate thresholds. While understanding the body’s response to exercise in these ways interests him, he finds his biggest passion in applying these data for positive lifestyle/performance changes.
Sean released his debut full length record in June 2014 under the band name Kight. You can catch him playing with his band around the Seattle area throughout the year.