Kevin Granata received his bachelor of science and doctoral degrees from the Ohio State University, and was awarded the master of science degree from Purdue University. He served on the faculty of the University of Virginia, Wake Forest University, and lastly at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, where he was a Professor in the Department of Engineering, Science, and Mechanics. Professor Granata, over the course of his career, also held the position of research scientist at John Hopkins University, Ohio State University, and the University of Virginia.
A biomechanical specialist, his research and teaching focused on neuromuscular control, robotics, and musculoskeletal and neurological reflex response, especially in connection to injury and disease. Professor Granata was an Associate Editor for the Journal of Applied Biomechanics and the Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology, and had published widely in his fields of study. He also served honourably in the armed forces of the United States of America. Professor Granata was married and had three children.
Professor Kevin Granata was murdered on April 16th, 2007 on the campus of the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia.