The majority of people playing football in the U.S. aren’t NFL players or collegiate athletes — they’re youth players, less than 14 years old. But until now, there hasn’t been independent data evaluating the effectiveness of the helmets these athletes wear on the field.
Though not life-threatening, pelvic organ prolapse is a debilitating condition that affects half of all women over the age of 50 and is difficult to treat. A recent grant from the National Science Foundation equips Virginia Tech researchers with the goal of improving overall treatment approaches.
The Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation (OVPRI) has established a new Faculty Fellows Program, which selects faculty leaders for up to three-year terms to contribute to the development of Virginia Tech’s research and innovation infrastructure in targeted areas. Robin Queen has been selected as the program's inaugural fellow.
The ratings give each helmet a score between one and five stars that reflects its ability to reduce the risk of head injuries. Six helmet models in the new batch earned all five stars, and nine models earned four stars.
A member of the Virginia Tech community since 1992, Hajj has made significant scientific contributions to the fields of fluid mechanics and structural dynamics through his work on wind loads on structures, energy harvesting, biolocomotion in fluids, and aeroelasticity.
The National Science Foundation grant is to study how computational fluid mechanics — the use of computers to study movement of fluid — can improve forecasts of contaminant spread in the ocean, floodwaters, and atmosphere.