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Stefan Duma, Ph.D.

Harry C. Wyatt Professor of Engineering
  • University Distinguished Professor
  • Director, Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Sciences
  • Interim Department Head, Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics
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410-H Kelly Hall
325 Stanger Street
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Director, Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Sciences


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Research Areas

  • Biomechanics

Research Interests


  • University of Virginia: Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, 2000
  • University of Cincinnati: M.S., Industrial Engineering, 1996
  • University of Tennessee: B.S., Mechanical Engineering, 1995

Recent Publications

Steven Rowson, Stefan M. Duma, Brian D. Stemper, Alok Shah, Jason P. Mihalik, Jaroslaw Harezlak, Larry D. Riggen, Christopher C Giza, John P. DiFiori, Alison Brooks, Kevin Guskiewicz, Darren Campbell, Gerald McGinty, Steven J. Svoboda, Kenneth L. Cameron, Steven P. Broglio, Thomas W. McAllister, Michael McCrea. Correlation of concussion symptom profile with head impact biomechanics: a case for individual-specific injury tolerance. Journal of Neurotrauma 35 (4), 681-690. 2018.

A.M. Tyson, S.M. Duma, S. Rowson. Laboratory Evaluation of Low-Cost Wearable Sensors for Measuring Head Impacts in Sports, Journal of Applied Biomechanics, 2018.

Eamon T. Campolettano, Megan L. Bland, Ryan A. Gellner, David W. Sproule, Bethany Rowson, Abigail M.Tyson, Stefan M. Duma, Steven Rowson. Ranges of injury risk associated with impact from unmanned aircraft systems. Annals of biomedical engineering 45 (12), 2017.

S.M. Duma, S. Rowson, C. McNally. Methodology for assessing the biomechanical performance of helmets. US Patent 9,797,821, 2017.

B. Rowson, S. Rowson, S. Duma. Evaluating the ability of head injury criteria to predict concussion through reconstructions of collegiate football head impacts. Journal of Neurotrauma 34(13), 2017.

E.T. Campolettano, S. Rowson, S.M. Duma. Drill-specific head impact exposure in youth football practice. Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics 18 (5), 2016.

S.M. Beeman, A.R. Kemper, S.M. Duma. Neck forces and moments of human volunteers and post mortem human surrogates in low-speed frontal sled tests. Traffic injury prevention 17 (sup1), 2016.

A.R. Kemper, S.M. Beeman, D.J. Porta, S.M. Duma. Non-censored rib fracture data during frontal PMHS sled tests. Traffic injury prevention 17 (sup1), 2016.

B. Rowson, S. Rowson, S.M. Duma. Hockey STAR: a methodology for assessing the biomechanical performance of hockey helmets. Annals of biomedical engineering 43(10), 2015.

Ray W. Daniel, Steven Rowson and Stefan M. Duma. Head Impact Exposure in Youth Football: Middle School Ages 12–14 Years, J Biomech Eng 136(9), 2014.