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Student paper wins first place at STAPP conference

November 11, 2009

Chia-Yuan (Mark) Chang, a doctoral student in UMTRI's Biosciences Division, received first place in the student paper competition at this year's 53rd Stapp Car Crash Conference held in Savannah, Georgia, Nov. 2-4, 2009.

Mark's paper is titled "Predicting the Effects of Muscle Activation on Knee, Thigh, and Hip Injuries in Frontal Crashes Using a Finite-Element Model with Muscle Forces from Subject Testing and Musculoskeletal Modeling." The paper is based on Mark's doctoral dissertation research, which he completed earlier this year.

Mark began working on his dissertation research at UMTRI in September 2005 and received his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan in May 2009. His research was supported by the UMTRI/OVPR Doctoral Studies Program and by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Cooperative Agreement for Biomechanical Research Support.

Coauthors of the winning paper are UMTRI's Jonathan Rupp, Matthew Reed, and Lawrence Schneider, and Associate Professor Richard Hughes of the U-M Department of Biomedical Engineering and the Department of Orthopedic Surgery.

Stephen Rouhana of Ford Motor Company presented the award on behalf of the Ford Motor Company Fund's Driving Skills for Life Program, which sponsored this year's Stapp student awards.

The Stapp Car Crash Conference is the premier forum for presentation of research in impact biomechanics, human injury tolerance, and related fields that advance knowledge of vehicle crash injury protection.