Joseph H. Ash

AshJoseph H. Ash
Graduate Research Assistant, PhD Student | 434.297.8038

Joseph Ash is a PhD student at the University of Virginia Center for Applied Biomechanics. He previously studied Biomechanics in the Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics at Virginia Tech where he graduated Summa Cum Laude. His recent work has focused on the PMHS response to frontal and oblique loading under a variety of crash severities. He has also investigated ATD response and biofidelity assessment. His research interests include improving ATD biofidelity and finding ways to mitigate injuries in vehicle crashes. Previous research also includes material characterization of the lumbar spine as a whole and individual lumbar vertebrae as well as crash investigation with the CIREN program.





  • ME, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of Virginia
  • BS, Engineering Science and Mechanics with Biomechanics concentration, Virginia Tech


Research Interests

  • Injury biomechanics
  • Automotive safety
  • Injury investigation and mitigation
  • Frontal and oblique crash simulation
  • ATD assessment and development



  • University of Virginia Raven Society Scholarship for the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, 2011
  • University of Virginia Raven Society Fellowship, 2010
  • Student Member – Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine (AAAM)
  • Member – Tau Beta Pi and Phi Beta Kappa


Selected Publications

  • Displacement response of the spine in restrained PMHS during frontal impacts. International Journal of Automotive Engineering. 2014; 5(2): 59-64.
  • Side impact PMHS thoracic response with large-volume air bag. Traffic Injury Prevention. 2014; 15(1): 40-47.
  • PMHS Restraint and Support Surface Forces in Simulated Frontal Crashes. International Journal of Automotive Engineering. 2013; 4(2):41-46.
  • Occupant kinematics and shoulder belt retention in far-side lateral and oblique collisions: a parametric study. Stapp Car Crash Journal. Volume 57, 2013.


Other Interests

  • Tennis, Squash, Racquetball, Cooking