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    Graduate Research Assistantships are now available at the University of
    Virginia's Automobile Safety Laboratory for the 2000/2001 academic year.


    The Impact Biomechanics Research Group at the University of Virginia has a
    complete 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 testing, as well as biomechanical material
    preparation facilities. Several of the current projects include the
    development of a lower extremity injury criteria, design of a side impact
    test apparatus, validation of future test dummies, investigation of high
    performance air craft ejection seat loading, and the design of Army boots
    for land mine protection.

    Finite element models as well as multi-body simulations are utilized to
    augment the experimental work. Several of the computer projects in
    progress include the development of simulation models and systems for
    automobile occupants, wheelchair users, automobile components, and human
    tissues. 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
    approximately $15,000/year stipend. Additional $2,000/year Dean's
    Fellowships are available to students with outstanding applications.

    For additional information concerning the Automobile Safety Laboratory,
    please see our web page (
    Applications must be completed by February 1, 2000, but early submissions
    are encouraged. For application and assistantship information please

    Dr. Jeff Crandall
    Research Director
    Automobile Safety Laboratory
    1011 Linden Avenue
    Charlottesville, VA 22902
    Phone: (804) 296-7288
    fax: (804) 296-3453
    Stefan M. Duma
    Research Engineer
    University of Virginia
    Automobile Safety Laboratory
    1011 Linden Avenue
    Charlottesville, VA 22902
    (W) 804-296-7288
    (Fax) 804-296-3453

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