Carolyn Roberts

RobertsCarolyn Roberts
Graduate Research Assistant, PhD Student | 434.297.8026

Carolyn is a PhD student at the University of Virginia Center for Applied Biomechanics.  Prior to her graduate research assistantship, Carolyn took biomechanics classes and worked in multiple research groups at Virginia Tech and NASA Langley Research Center.  Her research experience includes operations of mechanical systems at cryogenic temperatures, brain-computer interface and biofeedback technologies, strain gauge force balance design for wind tunnel applications, instrumentation calibration using design of experiments, fluid dynamics of biological (butterfly) micro-pumps, and Anthropomorphic Test Device (ATD) assembly and calibration for a helicopter crash.  These fields of research, and exposure to multiple fields of biomechanics from undergraduate classes at Virginia Tech sparked Carolyn’s interest in the field of impact and injury biomechanics. At the Center for Applied biomechanics, Carolyn’s PhD research will focus on characterizing injury to the cervical spine, specifically in loading modes seen in rollover crashes.




  • BS, Engineering Science and Mechanics– Virginia Polytechnic Institute
  • Concentration in Biomechanics, Minor in Mathematics


Research Interests

  • Occupant safety in rollover crashes
  • Cervical spine injuries


Selected Publications

  • Axial Compression Injury Tolerance of the Cervical Spine: Initial Results. AAAM conference. 2014
  • Rollover Dummy Internal Biofidelity: Response of the Cervical Spine in Inverted Impacts. 24th International Technical Conference on the Enhanced Safety of Vehicles. 2015


Other Interests

  • Reading, Cooking, Exercise