Andrew Kemper, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Kemper Andrew
449 Kelly Hall
325 Stanger Street
Blacksburg, Virginia 24061

Lab

Center for Injury Biomechanics

Research Areas

  • Biomechanics

Research Interests

  • Injury and impact biomechanics
  • Automotive safety
  • Military safety
  • Thoracic response and injury tolerance
  • Material and structural properties of biological tissue
  • Effect of muscle activation on occupant kinetics and kinematics

Education

  • Virginia Tech – Wake Forest University: Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, 2010
  • Virginia Tech: M.S., Mechanical Engineering, 2005
  • University of Tennessee: Summa Cum Laude, B.S., Mechanical Engineering, 2003

Awards, Honors and Services

  • Best Poster Presentation Award- 1st Place, First Author: Michael Katzenberger, OSU Injury Biomechanics Symposium, 2019
  • Best Student Paper Award- 1st Place, First Author: Devon Albert, International Stapp Car Crash Conference, 2018
  • Scholar of the Week, Virginia Tech, Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation, July 2017
  • Best Student Paper Award- 1st Place, First Author: Devon Albert, Rocky Mountain Bioengineering Symposium, 2017
  • Leader in Research- Assistant Professor Level, Virginia Tech, Department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics, 2016
  • Best Paper Award, First Author: Kerry Danelson, International Stapp Car Crash Conference, 2015
  • Elaine Wodzin Young Achiever Award, Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine, 2015
  • Reviewer’s Choice Award, Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting, 2014
  • M.S. Student Paper Award- 1st Place, First Author: Stephanie M. Beeman, ASME Summer Bioengineering Conference, 2012
  • Cover Art for Annals of Biomedical Engineering, 39(8), 2011
  • Cover Art for Clinical Anatomy, 24(3), 2011
  • Outstanding Research Award for Master’s Thesis, Virginia Tech – Wake Forest University, School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences, 2005
  • Outstanding Service Award, Impact Biomechanics Laboratory, Virginia Tech, 2003

Recent Publications

Katzenberger M, Albert DL, Agnew AM, and Kemper AR. Effects of Sex, Age, Two Loading Rates on the Tensile Material Properties of Human Rib Cortical Bone. Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials, 102, 103410, 2019. doi.org/10.1016/j.jmbbm.2019.103410

Danelson K, Watkins L, Hendricks J, Frounfelker P,  WIAMan Case Review Team (Kemper AR), Pizzolato-Heine K, Valentine R, Loftis K. Analysis of the Frequency and Mechanism of Injury to Warfighters in the Underbody-Blast Environment. Stapp Car Crash Journal, 62:489-513. 2018.

Albert DL, Beeman SM, and Kemper AR. Assessment of Thoracic Response and Injury Risk using the Hybrid III, THOR-M, and Post-Mortem Human Surrogates under Various Restraint Conditions in Full-Scale Frontal Sled Tests. Stapp Car Crash Journal, 62:1-65. 2018.

Albert DL, Beeman SM, and Kemper AR. Evaluation of Hybrid III and THOR-M Neck Kinetics and Injury Risk under Various Restraint Conditions during Full-Scale Frontal Sled Tests Traffic Injury Prevention, Special Issue for the 62nd Annual Scientific Conference of the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine, 19, Suppl. 1: S50-58, 2018.

Dunford KM, LeRoith T, and Kemper AR. Effects of Postmortem Time and Storage Fluid on the Material Properties of Bovine Liver Parenchyma in Tension. Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials, 87: 240-255, 2018. DOI.org/10.1016/j.jmbbm.2018.05.043.

Albert DL, Beeman SM, and Kemper AR. Occupant Kinematics of the Hybrid III, THOR-M, and Post-Mortem Human Surrogates under Various Restraint Conditions in Full-Scale Frontal Sled Tests. Traffic Injury Prevention, Special Issue for the 61st Annual Scientific Conference of the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine, 19, Suppl. 1: S50-58, 2018. DOI.org/10.1080/15389588.2017.1405390.

Kemper AR, Beeman SM, Porta DJ, and Duma SM. Non-Censored Rib Fracture Data during Frontal PMHS Sled Testing. Traffic Injury Prevention, Special Issue for the 60th Annual Scientific Conference of the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine, 17, Suppl. 1:131-140, 2016. DOI.10.1080/15389588.2016.1203069.

Beeman SM, Kemper AR, and Duma SM. Neck Forces and Moments of Human Volunteers and Post Mortem Human Surrogates in Low-Speed Frontal Sled Tests. Traffic Injury Prevention, Special Issue for the 60th Annual Scientific Conference of the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine, 17, Suppl 1:141-149, 2016. DOI.10.1080/15389588.2016.1205190

Danelson KA, Kemper AR, Mason MJ, Tegtmeyer M, Swiatkowski SA, Bolte JH, and Hardy WN. Comparison of ATD to PMHS Response in the Under-Body Blast Environment. Stapp Car Crash Journal, 59: 445-520, 2015.

Kemper AR, Beeman SM, Madigan ML, and Duma SM. Human Occupants in Low-Speed Frontal Sled Tests: Effects of Pre-Impact Bracing on Chest Compression, Reaction Forces, and Subject Acceleration. Traffic Injury Prevention, Special Issue for the 58th Annual Scientific Conference of the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine, 15, Suppl 1: S141-50, 2014. DOI.10.1080/15389588.2014.938323.