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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