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01-08-2002, 12:03 AM
Graduate Research Assistantships are now available in the University of
Virginia's Impact Biomechanics Group for the 2001/2002 academic year.


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 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 crash test dummies, investigation of
high performance aircraft ejection and crash loading, characterization
of biological materials, and design of helmets for the U.S. Army.

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 department.

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

For additional information concerning the Impact Biomechanics Group,
please see our web page (http://auto-safety.mech.virginia.edu/).
Applications must be completed by February 1, 2002, but early
submissions are strongly encouraged. If you have other questions please
feel free to contact me (rwk3c@virginia.edu) or the lab director Jeff
Crandall (jrc2h@virginia.edu).

Richard Kent
Graduate Student Coordinator
Automobile Safety Laboratory
1011 Linden Avenue
Charlottesville, VA 22902
Phone: (434) 296-7288
Fax: (434) 296-3453

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