Gwansik Park

ParkGwansik Park
Graduate Research Assistant, PhD Student

Gwansik was a PhD student at the University of Virginia Center for Applied Biomechanics. His research focused on the improvement of biofidelity of computational surrogates, especially under lateral impact conditions. Gwansik obtained his BS and MS degrees in mechanical engineering at the Sogang University in South Korea. His research during the MS degree focused on automotive safety (tire mechanics) using Finite Element Analysis and the concept of fracture mechanics. After Graduating from college he worked for Samsung Corning Precision Material as a research engineer on the manufacturing technology team. His priority was to improve the glass finishing (cutting and grinding) quality, to develop new manufacturing technology, and to optimize the manufacturing machine design using the computational modeling. After working for the company for five years, he decided to study injury biomechanics and joined the Center for Applied Biomechanics lab.

Gwansik graduated from UVa in April 2017 after defending his PhD dissertation entitled “Injury Risk Functions Based on Responses of Population-Based Finite Element Models: Application to Femurs Under Dynamic Loading.”



  • PhD – University of Virginia, Mechanical Engineering (2017)
  • MS – Sogang University, Mechanical Engineering (2007)
  • BS – Sogang University, Mechanical Engineering (2005)


Research Interests

  • Injury biomechanics / Occupant safety under lateral impact condition
  • Computational modeling / human body modeling
  • Finite Element Analysis / Optimization / Manufacturing technology


Other Interests

  • Boxing, Traveling, Cooking, Skiing, Tennis


Selected Publications

  • Evaluation of Biofidelity of Side Impact Computational Surrogates (ES-2re, WorldSID, GHBMC), SAE Technical Paper 2014-01-0541, 2014, doi:10.4271/2014-01-0541.
  • Evaluation of Biofidelity of Finite Element 50th Percentile Male Human Body Model (GHBMC) under Lateral Shoulder Impact Conditions, 2014 IRCOBI Conference, Berlin, Sweden.
  • Comparison of GHBMC 50th percentile model response between FBM v3.5 and FBM v4.2 under lateral impact sled test condition, 2014, Proceeding of International Crashworthiness Conference 2014, Sarawrk, Malaysia.
  • Comparison of Kinematics of GHBMC to PMHS on the Side Impact Condition, 2013 IRCOBI Conference, Gothenburg, Sweden.
  • Consideration of the Frictional Force on the Crack Surface and Its Implications for Durability of Tires, Journal of Mechanical Science and Technology, Vol. 20, pp. 2185-2193.