Wade A. Baker, M.S., co-authored an article in the prestigious Journal of Biomechanics related to his research on lower limb injuries resulting from underbody loads. Mr. Baker’s article is a product of his work with Virginia Tech and the Army Research Laboratory to design a new anthropomorphic test device (i.e. crash dummy) to advance the safety of military vehicles. The research involved experiments and finite element modeling of human surrogates and dummies with the goal of developing improved injury criteria related to fractures of the foot, ankle and lower leg.
On Thursday, November 15, 2018, Vector Scientific Inc. (VSI) visited the Colorado School of Mines (CSM) in Golden, Colorado for an Information Session. An event co-sponsored by VSI, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and the CMS Career Center. Jeffrey Wheeler, M.S., President - Director of Biomechanics, and Zachariah Weimer, M.S., P.E., Senior Engineer, shared the story of Vector Scientific and the engineering students participating provided a great exchange of questions and answers.
Wade A. Baker, M.S., co-authored an article published in Traffic Injury Prevention related to his research on developing a computational finite element (FE) model of the Warrior Injury Assessment Maniken (WIAMan). The WIAMan is a new human surrogate for studying human responses to underbody blast and other vertical loading scenarios. His article focuses on further development of the lower limb model and the effect a combat boot has on mitigating forces transferred to the lower extremity. Mr. Baker’s research was part of a larger project funded by the Army Research Laboratory to improve the safety of military vehicles, in particular to the threat of improvised explosive devices.
Wade A. Baker, M.S., co-authored an article in the Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials related to his research to characterize the behavior of materials used in a new human surrogate (i.e crash dummy). The materials represent various human anatomical structures in the lower leg and were specially selected to give the dummy a “human-like” response under extreme loading conditions. The purpose of Mr. Baker’s article was to develop computational/mathematical models of the materials so that they could be implemented in a finite element model of the dummy.
Steve Storvik, Quinn Campbell, and Jeff Wheeler published a research study entitled "Asphyxia in Motor Vehicle Crashes: Analysis of Crash-Related Variables Using NASS-CDS and Forensic Case Studies" in the American Journal of Forensic Medicine & Pathology.
Journal of Biomechanics VSI President and Director of Biomechanics Jeff Wheeler presented at the 2016 CLM Atlanta Product Liability Conference along with Chris Egner, Esq. of Continental Tire the Americas in Fort Mill, South Carolina and Carly Celmer, Esq. of Thornton Davis Fein (now Clyde & Co) in Miami, Florida. The title of their presentation was Simplifying through Storytelling: Use of Animations and Graphics in Complex Product Liability Claims.
Senior Engineer and Accident Reconstruction Expert Zach Weimer completed two technical courses. Zach completed a SAE and ACTAR certified course on "Vehicle Dynamics for Passenger Cars and Light Trucks". Zach also traveled to Detroit, Michigan to complete the SAE course "Reconstruction and Analysis of Rollover Crashes of Light Vehicles".
World Congress of Biomechanics Biomechanical Engineer Steve Storvik went to San Diego in November to participate in the 58th Stapp Car Crash Conference and the 42nd International Workshop on Human Subjects for Biomechanical Research. In July Senior Biomechanical Engineer traveled to Boston to participate in the 7th World Congress of Biomechanics.
Jeff Wheeler presented at the American Bar Association (ABA) 2014 Emerging Issues in Motor Vehicle Product Liability Litigation Conference in Phoenix, Arizona. The presentation, entitled Building a Cutting Edge Biomechanical Analysis Using Case specific Data in Complex Automobile Collisions, was a collaborative effort with product liability attorney Aaron Davis from Thornton, Davis & Fein of Miami, Florida. The presentation focused on how biomechanical experts can solve unique challenges presented in complex automobile collisions by querying crash field data and statistically analyzing case specific variable to predict injury probability. The ability to statistically analyze and present the influence and significance of case specific variables on occupant injury risk builds a robust biomechanical analysis of injury risk and probability.
Jeff Wheeler presented at the American Bar Association (ABA) 2014 Emerging Issues in Motor Vehicle Product Liability Litigation Conference in Phoenix, Arizona. The presentation, entitled Building a Cutting Edge Biomechanical Analysis Using Case specific Data in Complex Automobile Quinn Campbell was promoted to Senior Biomechanical Engineer. Since 2009 Quinn has been a valuable member of the VSI Biomechanics team conducting forensic biomechanics analyses on automobile, sport/recreation, and industrial/occupational accidents. Mr. Campbell serves as a Project Leader at VSI including testifying as an expert witness. Quinn is also a Research Assistant in the Computational Biomechanics Group at the Colorado School of Mines Center of Biomechanics & Rehabilitation Research.
Jeff Wheeler gave an invited lecture on Forensic Biomechanics at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado as part of the CU Department of Integrative Physiology Spring Colloquium. The Colloquium was attended by Faculty, Post-Docs, Graduate Students, and Undergraduate Students. After the morning lecture, Jeff spent the rest of the day with graduate students including further answering their questions about the science and business of forensic biomechanics in an afternoon classroom panel session as part of their spring colloquium course.
Steve Storvik attended a SAE course on Injuries, Anatomy, Biomechanics & Federal Regulation in Troy, Michigan. This special course covered current automotive safety issues including injury scales, human tolerance parameters, occupant protection, crash testing and test devices, current and proposed injury criteria and their biomechanical basis, and related federal rulemaking. Steve has been a Biomechanical Engineer with VSI since 2011.
Zach Weimer Joins VSI as Senior Engineer (August 2013) VSI Mr. Weimer is a Registered Professional Engineer, Board Certified Diplomat in Forensic Engineering, and Fully Accredited Traffic Accident Reconstructionist. Mr. Weimer graduated from the Colorado School of Mines with a MS and BS in Engineering. Mr. Weimer recently presented at the National Academy of Forensic Engineers on scientific methodology in automobile accident reconstruction. Mr. Weimer has qualified and testified in court as an expert witness in accident reconstruction.
OMICS Group acquired the Journal of Forensic Biomechanics and has appointed Quinn Campbell of VSI to their Editorial Board. JFB is an open access and peer-reviewed journal covering the application of biomechanics to investigate and establish facts of interest in relation to criminal or civil law. JFB publishes original research, review articles, case reports, and short communications related to forensic biomechanics applications in the areas of computational forensics, criminalistics, digital forensics, scientific methodology, constitutive modeling of physiological tissue, causes and prevention of accidents, safety standards and regulation.
VSI is pleased to announce Steven G. Storvik, M.S. has joined our Biomechanics staff. Steve joined VSI after completing his Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering at Marquette University where he specialized in impact biomechanics and conducted research in the Department of Neurosurgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Mr. Storvik's research experience includes biomechanics of spine injuries, crashworthiness, computer modeling, and epidemiology of injuries.
Quinn Campbell is pursuing his PhD in the Computational Biomechanics Group in the Colorado School of Mines Bioengineering Program. Quinn will remain a full-time employee at VSI while pursuing his doctorate.
Jeff Wheeler presented an educational lecture to an audience of coaches and parents at Arvada Hockey Association on concussions in youth ice hockey. Information was shared regarding the biomechanics of concussions, immediate signs/symptoms for coaches to recognize, monitoring of ongoing symptoms by parents, as well as the latest information regarding return-to-play guidelines.
VSI participated in the 54th AAAM Conference in Las Vegas with a poster presentation of original VSI research entitled Children in Rollover Accidents: Review of NASS-CDS 1995-2007. VSI co-authors included Quinn Campbell and Jeff Wheeler. Rollover accidents are the most common accident type analyzed by VSI in our casework. Field data from the NASS-CDS database has proven to be a valuable tool during our analyses when studying the effect of case specific variables on injury probability.
VSI biomechanical engineer David Raymond, PhD co-chaired the Biomechanics session at the annual SAE 2010 World Congress held in Detroit. Dr. Raymond has been a member of the SAE Occupant Protection Committee since 2006 and continues to participate as an active organizer and chairman for sessions on Occupant Protection at the annual World Congress.
Jeff Wheeler (VSI President / Director of Biomechanics) was named to the Board of Associate Editors for the Journal of Forensic Biomechanics. More information about this journal may be found at their website.
SI staff including President and Director of Biomechanics Jeff Wheeler presented a lecture on Concussion Awareness in Ice Hockey as part of a Coaching Clinic Series at Arvada Hockey Association. This lecture focused on brain injury mechanisms in ice hockey, medical guidelines for concussed adolescents, the effect of repeat concussions, and current scientific efforts in head protection.
Quinn Campbell continues to be involved with the ASTM F27 Committee Meeting on Ski Safety and attended their meeting in Vail, Colorado. This Committee, focused on Snow Skiing, was formed in 1982 and meets twice each year. The meetings usually include workshops on the latest statistical information on ski injuries as well as advances in ski safety.