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rkent98
11-15-2000, 01:01 AM
Graduate Research Assistantships are now available at the University of
Virginia's Automobile Safety Laboratory for the 2001/2002 academic year.

Highly motivated students interested in pursuing a PhD are preferred,
though applications from
exceptional Masters-level students will be considered.

IMPACT BIOMECHANICS PROGRAM

The University of Virginia Impact Biomechanics Research Group is
involved in a wide spectrum of research activities and projects for
improving various aspects of injury prevention and control.
Experimental work is conducted at the Automobile Safety Laboratory, an
11,000 sq. ft. facility that houses an automobile test sled and a
variety of state-of-the-art equipment for safety-related and impact
biomechanics testing, as well as biomechanical material preparation
facilities. Current projects include development and evaluation of
lower extremity and thoracic injury criteria, biofidelity evaluation of
future test dummies, investigation of high performance aircraft ejection

and crash loading, characterization of biological materials, and design
of military helmets and other equipment.

Finite element models as well as multi-body simulations are used to
augment the experimental work. Projects in progress include the
development of automobile occupant models, models and simulations of
wheelchair users under dynamic loading, and full-vehicle finite element
model development. In addition, development of new methodologies such
as B-spline-based finite elements is underway to optimize the design of
automobile components. The experimental and computational portion of
the graduate program is supported by coursework in both the mechanical
and biomedical engineering departments.

The assistantships for Ph.D. study include a tuition remission and
minimum stipend of approximately $18,000/year. Additional $2,000/year
Deans Fellowships are available to students with outstanding
applications.

For additional information concerning the Automobile Safety Laboratory,
please see our web page (www.autosafetylab.org). Applications must be
completed by February 1, 2001, but early submissions are strongly
encouraged. Information regarding the application process may be found
at http://www.cs.virginia.edu/graduate/admissions.html

If you have other questions please contact me
(rwk3c@virginia.edu) or the lab director Dr. Jeff Crandall
(jrc2h@virginia.edu).

Richard Kent
Graduate Student Coordinator
Automobile Safety Laboratory
1011 Linden Avenue
Charlottesville, VA 22902
Phone: (804) 296-7288
Fax: (804) 296-3453

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