Jeff R. Crandall Jeff R. Crandall

Nancy and Neal Wade Professor of Engineering and Applied Science
Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, and Emergency Medicine
Director, Center for Applied Biomechanics

B.A., Engineering Sciences, Dartmouth College, 1988
M.E., Mechanical Engineering, University of Virginia, 1991
Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Virginia, 1994


Research Interests

Prof. Crandall has served as the Director of the University’s Center for Applied Biomechanics since 1994. His research focuses on understanding human response and injury with applications in automobile safety, sports, and military protection. He has extensive experience with experimental biomechanics spanning the length scales of tissue samples to whole body cadavers. Prof. Crandall has been integral in the development of advanced dummies including THOR and the Polar Pedestrian dummy as well as in the evaluation of numerous frontal and side impact adult and child dummies. He was the principal investigator for the Global Human Body Pelvis and Lower Extremity Center of Excellence. He has been involved in CIREN for nearly 20 years, first as a subcontractor (Maryland, National Children’s Medical Center, INOVA) and then as PI for the UVA/INOVA CIREN Center. He is a fellow of SAE and the AAAM, past-president of AAAM, and the current president of the International Research Council on Biomechanics of Injury (IRCOBI). He has authored more than 500 technical papers and has received numerous awards including the United States Government Award for Engineering Excellence.

Selected Publications

Simulating the road forward: the role of computational modelling in realizing future opportunities in traffic safety. International Journal of Vehicle Safety. 2014; 7(3): 296-326.

A Review of Pelvic Fractures in Adult Pedestrians: Experimental Studies Involving PMHS used to Determine Injury Criteria for Pedestrians Dummies and Component Test Procedures. Traffic Injury Prevention. 2014; 16(1): 62-69.

Development and assessment of a device and method for studying the mechanical interactions between shoes and playing surfaces in-situ at loads and rates generated by elite athletes. Sports Biomechanics. 2012; 11(3):414-429.

Etiology and Biomechanics of Tarsometatarsal Injuries in Professional Football Players: A Video Analysis. Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine. 2014; 2(3), 2325967114525347.

Development of structural and material clavicle response corridors under axial compression and three point bending loading for clavicle: Finite Element model validation. Journal of Biomechanics. 2014; 47(11), 2563-2570.