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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 biomechanics
  • Automotive safety
  • Military safety
  • Material properties of biological tissue
  • Structural properties of biological tissue
  • Injury mechanisms and injury tolerance of biological tissue
  • Biomechanical response of medical implants
  • Musculoskeletal biomechanics

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

  • 2018 Outstanding New Assistant Professor, Dean’s Award, College of Engineering, Virginia Tech
  • 2017 Scholar of the Week, Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation, Virginia Tech
  • 2016 Leader in Research, Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics, Virginia Tech
  • 2015 Best Paper Award, International Stapp Car Crash Conference (1st Author: Kerry Danelson)
  • 2015 Elaine Wodzin Young Achiever Award, AAAM
  • 2014 Reviewer’s Choice Award, BMES Annual Meeting
  • 2010 Paul Torgersen Graduate Student Research Excellence Award- 2nd Place, College of Engineering, Virginia Tech
  • 2008 President’s Award, Rocky Mountain Bioengineering Symposium
  • 2006 Best Student Paper Award- 1st Place, Rocky Mountain Bioengineering Symposium
  • 2006 Chairman’s Award, Rocky Mountain Bioengineering Symposium
  • 2005 Best Student Paper Award- 2nd Place, International Stapp Car Crash Conference
  • 2005 Outstanding Research Award for Master’s Thesis, School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences, Virginia Tech
  • Scientific Research Committee, international Research Council on Biomechanics of Injury (2020-present)
  • Scientific Program Committee, Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine  (2013-2018, 2020-present)
  • Membership Committee, Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine (2011-2013, 2020-present)

Recent Publications

Albert DL, Katzenberger MJ, Agnew AM, and Kemper AR. A Comparison of Rib Cortical Bone Compressive and Tensile Material Properties: Trends with Age, Sex, and Loading Rate. Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials, 122, 104668, 2021.

Chan H, Albert DL, Gayzik FS, and Kemper AR. Assessment of Acclimation of 5th Percentile Female and 50th Percentile Male Volunteer Kinematics in Low-Speed Frontal and Frontal-Oblique Sled Tests. SAE Int. J. Trans. Safety, 9(1): 3-103, 2021.

Muro NM, Gilley RS, Kemper AR, Benitez ME, Barry, SL, and McNally C. Stiffness of a Type II External Skeletal Fixator and Locking Compression Plate in a Fracture Gap Model. Veterinary Surgery, 50(3): 622-632, 2021.

Katzenberger MJ, 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, 2020.

Iraeus J, Lundi L, Storm S, Agnew AM, Kang YS, Kemper AR, Albert DL, Holcombe S, and Pipkorn B. Detailed subject-specific FE rib modelling for fracture prediction. Traffic Injury Prevention, 20, Suppl. 2, S88-S95, 2019.

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, 19, Suppl. 2: S40-47, 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.

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, 19, Suppl. 1: S50-58, 2018.

Kemper AR, Beeman SM, Porta DJ, and Duma SM. Non-Censored Rib Fracture Data during Frontal PMHS Sled Testing. Traffic Injury Prevention, 17, Suppl. 1:131-140, 2016.