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    Graduate Research Assistantships are now available at the University of
    Virginia's Automobile Safety Laboratory 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 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

    For additional information concerning the Automobile Safety Laboratory,
    please see our web page ( Applications must be
    completed by February 1, 2001, but early submissions are strongly
    encouraged. If you have other questions please feel free to contact me
    ( or the lab director Dr. Jeff Crandall

    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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