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Costin Untaroiu, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Portrait of Costin Untaroiu

Portrait of Costin Untaroiu
460 Turner St.
Suite 304
Blacksburg, VA 24060

Research Areas

  • Biomechanics
  • Dynamics and control
  • Solid mechanics
  • Tissue engineering

Research Interests           

  • Biomechanics (computational and experimental)
  • Numerical simulations of impact events
  • Finite element analysis
  • Vibration analysis and rotordynamics


  • University of Virginia: Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering - Biomechanics, 2005 
  • Politehnica University of Bucharest: Mechanical Engineering - Rotordynamics, 1999

Awards, Honors, and Service

  • ASME Fellow, 2018

Recent Publications

Jin, H., Sharma, R. Untaroiu, A., Doerzaph, Z., Dobrovolny, C., Untaroiu, C. (2020)  Evaluation of The Injury Risks of Truck Occupants Involved in a Crash as a Result of Errant Truck Platoons, SAE International Journal of Transportation Safety (in press).

Meng, Y., Hu, W., Untaroiu, C. (2019) Finite Element Modeling of an Energy-absorbing Guardrail End Terminal, SAE International Journal of Commercial Vehicles, 12(4).

Decker, W., Koya, B., Pak, W., Untaroiu, C.D, Gayzik, F.S. (2019) Evaluation of finite element human body models for use in a standardized protocol for pedestrian safety assessment, Traffic Injury Prevention 20(sup2), S32-S36 .

Pak, W., Meng, Y., Schap, J., Koya, B., Gayzik, F.S., Untaroiu, C.D.  (2019) Finite Element Model of a High-Stature Male Pedestrian for Simulating Car-to-Pedestrian Collisions, International Journal of Automotive Technology, 20(3), 445-453.

Baker, W., Chowdhury, M.R., Untaroiu, C.D. (2018) Validation of a Booted Finite Element Model of the WIAMan ATD Lower Limb in Component and Whole-Body Vertical Loading Impacts with an Assessment of the Boot Influence Model on Response , Traffic Injury Prevention 81, 104-112.

Untaroiu, C.D. , Pak, W., Meng, Y., Schap, J., Koya, B., Gayzik, F.S. (2018) A Finite Element Model of a Mid-Size Male for Simulating Pedestrian Accidents, ASME Journal of Biomedical Engineering, 1;140(1).

Baker, W., Untaroiu, C.D., Crawford, D., Chowdhury, M.R. (2017) Mechanical characterization and Finite Element Implementation of the Soft Materials used in a Novel Anthropometric Test Device for Simulating Underbody Blast Loading, Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials, 74, 358-364.

Meng, Y., Pak, W., Guleyupoglu, B., Koya, B., Gayzik, F.S., Untaroiu, C.D. (2017) A finite element model of a six-year-old child for simulating pedestrian accidents, Accident Analysis & Prevention, 98, 206-213.

Yates, K.B., Lu, Y-C., Untaroiu, C.D.  (2016) Statistical shape analysis of the human spleen geometry for probabilistic occupant models, Journal of Biomechanics, 49(9), 1540-1546

Putnam, J.B., Somers, J.T., Wells, J.A., Perry, C.E., Untaroiu, C.D.* (2015) Development and Evaluation of a Finite Element Model of the THOR for Occupant Protection of Spaceflight Crewmembers, Accident Analysis and Prevention , 82(9):244-256

Untaroiu, C.D. , Lu, Y-C., Siripurapu, S.K., Kemper A.R. (2015) Stochastic Modelling the Biomechanical and Injury Response of Human Liver Parenchyma under Tensile Loading, Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials, 47(15), 280-291