Jason R. Kerrigan

Jason R. KerriganJason R. Kerrigan
Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Orthopaedic Surgery
Deputy Director, Center for Applied Biomechanics

kerrigan@virginia.edu | 434.297.8049

Jason R. Kerrigan joined the Center for Applied Biomechanics as a Masters student in January of 2002.  After receiving his ME and PhD, he joined the senior professional research staff at CAB as a research scientist and then a senior scientist.  In 2014, he expanded his role at CAB and with UVA to include classroom instruction and academic advising as an Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE).  In graduate school, Dr. Kerrigan’s research focused on vehicle-pedestrian impact, lower extremity injuries, and characterization of the mechanical response of human tissues.  Currently, he is leading several projects aimed at occupant protection and vehicle crashworthiness in rollover crashes, and is developing research capabilities to support investigations in motorsports, off-road vehicles, and orthopedic biomechanics.  Overall, Dr. Kerrigan’s research portfolio includes everything from small sample to whole body post-mortem human surrogate testing, human body computational modeling, structural crashworthiness, field data analyses, and dummy biofidelity assessments and improvements.  Dr. Kerrigan’s work has been supported by industry, government, and academic/research institutions in North America, Europe, and Asia.  He has authored three book chapters, over 40 refereed journal articles, and over 50 conference publications.  Currently, Dr. Kerrigan teaches graduate level Continuum Mechanics, and undergraduate/graduate Vibrations within MAE.  He grew up in Reston, Virginia, but now lives in Charlottesville with his wife and two preschool-aged sons.


  • PhD in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering – University of Virginia
  • ME in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering – University of Virginia
  • BS in Integrated Science and Technology – James Madison University

Research Interests

  • Injury Biomechanics – automobile, aerospace, and orthopedic applications
  • Automotive Safety – structural crashworthiness, occupant protection and restraint system optimization
  • Constitutive Modeling of Biological Tissues – experimental and computational techniques
  • Human Body Modeling – active musculature and tensed response
  • Active/Passive Integration – adaptive restraints
  • Motorsports – recreational off-highway vehicles (ROVs) and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs)
  • Rollover Crashes – testing methods, surrogate biofidelity, vehicle crashworthiness, injury mechanisms
  • Pedestrian Protection – injury countermeasures, vehicle design for pedestrian safety, crash avoidance


  • Society of Automotive Engineers – Chair of Occupant Protection, Pedestrian and Cyclist Safety Session Organizer
  • International Research Council on the Biomechanics of Injury (IRCOBI)-Scientific Review Committee
  • Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine (AAAM)-Membership Committee

Awards & Achievements

  • IRCOBI Young Researcher Award
  • SAE Myers Award
  • UVA Award for Excellence in Scholarship in the Sciences and Engineering

Selected Publications

  • Axial compression injury tolerance of the cervical spine: initial results. Proc. 58th Annual AAAM Conference, and Traffic Injury Prevention. 2014.
  • Develop structural and material clavicle response corridors under axial compression and three point bending loading for clavicle finite element model validation. Journal of Biomechanics. 2014 (ePub June 11 2014).
  • Indentation response of human patella with material parameter correlation to localized fractal dimension and bone mineral density. Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials. 2014; 33: 99-108
  • Occupant kinematics in laboratory rollover test: (1) PMHS response and surrogate performance specification, and (2) ATD response and biofidelity. Stapp Car Crash Journal. 2014.
  • NHTSA Notes: Making progress but not there yet. Annals of Emergency Medicine. 2013; 485-487.
    For more publications see: Google Scholar | ResearchGate

Other Interests

  • Running, Football, Food, Music, Poker, Travel