Costin Untaroiu, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Untaroiu Costin 1
460 Turner St.
Suite 304
Blacksburg, VA 24060

Research Areas

  • Biomechanics
  • Dynamics and control
  • Solid mechanics
  • Tissue engineering

Research Interests           

  • Biomechanics (computational and experimental)
  • Numerical simulations of impact events
  • Finite element analysis
  • Vibration analysis and rotordynamics


  • University of Virginia: Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering - Biomechanics, 2005 
  • Politehnica University of Bucharest: Mechanical Engineering - Rotordynamics, 1999

Awards, Honors, and Service

  • ASME Fellow, 2018

Recent Publications

Untaroiu, C.D. *, Pak, W., Meng, Y., Schap, J., Koya, B., Gayzik, F.S. (2018) A Finite Element Model of a Mid-Size Male for Simulating Pedestrian Accidents, ASME Journal of Biomedical Engineering, 1;140(1) (DOI).

Baker, W., Untaroiu, C.D.*, Crawford, D., Chowdhury, M.R. (2017) Mechanical characterization and Finite Element Implementation of the Soft Materials used in a Novel Anthropometric Test Device for Simulating Underbody Blast Loading, Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials, 74, 358-364 (DOI).

Meng, Y., Pak, W., Guleyupoglu, B., Koya, B., Gayzik, F.S., Untaroiu, C.D. * (2017) A finite element model of a six-year-old child for simulating pedestrian accidents, Accident Analysis & Prevention, 98, 206-213, (DOI).

Yates, K.B., Lu, Y-C., Untaroiu, C.D. * (2016) Statistical shape analysis of the human spleen geometry for probabilistic occupant models, Journal of Biomechanics, 49(9), 1540-1546 (DOI).

Boiangiu, M., Ceausu, V., Untaroiu, C.D.* (2016) A transfer matrix method for free vibration analysis of Euler-Bernoulli beams with variable cross-section, Journal of Vibration and Control, 22, 2591-2602 (DOI).

Putnam, J.B., Somers, J.T., Wells, J.A., Perry, C.E., Untaroiu, C.D.* (2015) Development and Evaluation of a Finite Element Model of the THOR for Occupant Protection of Spaceflight Crewmembers, Accident Analysis and Prevention , 82(9):244-256,  (DOI).

Untaroiu, C.D. *, Lu, Y-C., Siripurapu, S.K., Kemper A.R. (2015) Stochastic Modelling the Biomechanical and Injury Response of Human Liver Parenchyma under Tensile Loading, Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials, 47(15), 280-291, (DOI).

Putnam J., Untaroiu, C.D.*,  Littell, J., Annett M. (2015) Finite Element Model of the THOR-NT Dummy under Vertical Impact Loading for Aerospace Injury Prediction: Model Evaluation and Sensitivity Analysis, Journal of the American Helicopter Society, 60 (2), 1-10 (DOI).

Lu, Y-C., Untaroiu, C.D. * (2014) A Statistical Geometrical Description of the Human Liver for Probabilistic Occupant Models, Journal of Biomechanics, 47 (15), 3681-3688, (DOI).

Untaroiu A., Liu, C, Migliorini P, Wood, H.G., Untaroiu C.D. (2014), Hole-pattern Seal Performance Evaluation using Computational Fluid Dynamics and Design of Experiment Techniques, Journal of Engineering for Gas Turbines and Power/ASME Transactions,  136(10), 102501,   (DOI).