Andrew Kemper, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

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: B.S., Mechanical Engineering, 2003

Awards, Honors and Services

  • 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
  • M.S. Student Paper Award- 1st Place, First Author: Stephanie M. Beeman, ASME Summer Bioengineering Conference, 2011
  • Paul Torgersen Graduate Student Research Excellence Award- 2nd Place, Ph.D. Candidate, Oral Presentation, Virginia Tech, College of Engineering, 2010
  • President’s Award, Rocky Mountain Bioengineering Symposium, 2008
  • Presentation Award- 3rd Place, Rocky Mountain Bioengineering Symposium, 2007
  • Best Student Paper Award- 1st Place, Rocky Mountain Bioengineering Symposium, 2006
  • Chairman’s Award, Rocky Mountain Bioengineering Symposium, 2006
  • Student Paper Award- 2nd Place, International Stapp Car Crash Conference, 2005
  • 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
  • Summa Cum Laude, B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2003

Recent Publications

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 61th Annual Scientific Conference of the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine. (In Print)

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.

Danelson KA, Golman AJ, Kemper AR, Gayzik FS, Gabler HC, Duma SM, and Stitzel JD. Finite Element Comparison of Human and Hybrid III Responses in a Frontal Impact. Accident Analysis and Prevention, 85:125–156, 2015. DOI:10.1016/j.aap.2015.09.010.

Untaroiu CD, Lu YC, Kemper AR, and Siripurapu SK. Modeling the Biomechanical and Injury Response of Human Liver Parenchyma under Tensile Loading. Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials, 41: 280-291, 2014. DOI: 10.1016/j.jmbbm.2014.07.006.

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.

Lu YC, Kemper AR, and Untaroiu CD. Effect of Storage on Tensile Material Properties of Bovine Liver. Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials, 29: 339-49, 2014. DOI: 10.1016/j.jmbbm.2013.09.022.

Lu YC, Kemper AR, Gayzik FS, Untaroiu CD, and Beillas P. Statistical Modeling of Human Liver Incorporating the Variations in Shape, Size, and Material Properties.  Stapp Car Crash Journal, 57: 285-311, 2013.

Kemper AR, Santago AC, Stitzel JD, Sparks JL, and Duma SM. Effect of Strain Rate on the Material Properties of Human Liver Parenchyma in Unconfined Compression. Journal of Biomechanical Engineering, 135(10): 104503-8, 2013. DOI: 10.1115/1.4024821.

Kemper Andrew
  • (540) 231-2465
  • akemper@vt.edu
  • 449 Kelly Hall
    325 Stanger Street
    Blacksburg, Virginia 24061