Elizabeth McNeil, Ph.D.

Research Assistant Professor

Research Areas

  • Biomechanics
  • Neuroengineering

Research Interests

  • Traumatic brain injury mechanisms
  • Impact and injury biomechanics
  • Blunt impact traumatic brain injury
  • Blast neurotrauma
  • Automotive safety and occupant protection


  • Virginia Tech: Postdoctoral researcher, 2015-2016
  • Virginia Tech: Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, 2015
  • State University of New York, Stony Brook: B.E., Biomedical Engineering, 2010

Awards, Honors, and Service

Honors and Awards

  • Nominee, Department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics Outstanding Dissertation Award, 2016
  • Nominee, Department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics, Graduate Student Service Excellence Award, 2015
  • Margaret H. Hines Award for Best Oral Presentation, The Ohio State Injury Biomechanics Symposium, 2013
  • First Place Poster Award, Rocky Mountain Bioengineering Conference, 2012
  • Pratt Fellowship, 2010
  • Provost Award for Academic Excellence, 2010
  • Undergraduate Student Recognition Award 2009, 2010
  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute Summer Fellowship, 2009
  • URECA Fellowship, 2008
  • College of Engineering and Applied Sciences Scholarship, 2006-2010

Conference Participation

  • Chairperson for the Occupant Protection Committee for the SAE International World Congress, 2017 - present
  • Vice Chair for the Occupant Protection Committee for the SAE International World Congress, 2016-2017
  • Organizer and Session Chair for the Biomechanics session of the SAE International World Congress, 2010 - present

Recent Publications

Fievisohn E, Bailey Z, Guettler A, VandeVord P. Current Knowledge of Blast Traumatic Brain Injury Mechanisms in NEUROTRAUMA: A Comprehensive Book on Traumatic Brain Injury and Spinal Cord Injury. Editor: Kevin K. Wang. Oxford University Press. Accepted.

Fievisohn E, Bailey Z, Guettler A, VandeVord P. Primary Blast Brain Injury Mechanisms: Current Knowledge, Limitations, and Future Directions. Journal of Biomechanical Engineering 140(2) 1-12 (2018). 10.1115/1.4038710

Fievisohn EM, Sajja VS, VandeVord PJ, Hardy WN. Evaluation of Impact-Induced Traumatic Brain Injury in the Göttingen Minipig Using Two Input Modes. Traffic Injury Prevention. 15, S81-87 (2014).

Fievisohn EM, Vaughn BM, Hardy WN. Techniques for the Investigation of Traumatic Brain Injury Mechanisms Characterized by Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy. Biomedical Sciences Instrumentation 48, 126-133 (2012).

Daniello A, Fievisohn EM, Gregory TS. Modeling the Effects of Caffeine on the Sleep/Wake Cycle. Biomedical Sciences Instrumentation 48, 73-80 (2012).

McNeil Elizabeth
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    Blacksburg, VA 24061