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Matthew B. Panzer

Associate Professor
Unit: School of Engineering and Applied Science
Department: Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Office location and address
MEC 309
4040 Lewis and Clark Dr
Charlottesville, Virginia 22911
Education
B.S. ​University of Waterloo, 2003
M.S. ​University of Waterloo, 2006
Ph.D. ​Duke University, 2012
Biography

Dr. Panzer is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Virginia, and is head of computational research at the Center for Applied Biomechanics since 2012. He graduated from Duke University in North Carolina with a PhD in Biomedical Engineering, and from the University of Waterloo in Ontario Canada with this BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering. Dr. Panzer’s research focus is on using computational mechanics to model and predict the biomechanics of injury following an impact. This research includes developing and using nonlinear finite element and multibody models to simulate high-rate events such as sport impact, automotive crashes, and military events. Current applications of this research include the study of traumatic brain injury for blast and football helmet impacts, pedestrian impact, lower extremity biomechanics and injury, and the development of injury mitigation systems such as helmets and knee airbags.

Development and Evaluation of a Female Brain Injury Metric
Source: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
October 01, 2021 – September 30, 2022
Human Skin Simulant for Ballistic Testing Sequential Phase 2
Source: Luna Innovations, Inc.
September 08, 2020 – August 31, 2022
Investigation of Pull-Out Strength of Self-Tapping Screws in Pediatric Skull Tissue and Tissue Surrogates
Source: Stryker Craniomaxillofacial
July 01, 2021 – June 30, 2022
Optimizing Football Helmet Safety using Cubic + Octet Foam Metamaterials
Source: Topologica, Inc.
July 01, 2020 – December 31, 2021
Skin Penetration Risk from Non-Lethal Munitions
Source: American Systems Corporation
June 30, 2020 – September 30, 2021
In-Ear Exposure Sensor with Integrated Noise Attenuation and Communications Capabilities
Source: Diversified Technical Systems, Inc.
January 15, 2021 – August 14, 2021
EN-CAB GHBMC Phase III Thorax Body Region Model
Source: Global Human Body Models Consortium, LLC
January 01, 2018 – March 31, 2021
Development of Global Head Kinematics and Local Brain Tissue Injury Criteria and Associated Injury Risk Functions Relevant for Automotive Safety Evaluation
Source: Japan Automobile Research Institute
April 01, 2020 – March 31, 2021
Modeling for Mitigating Chronic Neck Pain in Military Aircrew and Vehicle Occupants
Source: Luna Innovations, Inc.
July 24, 2020 – October 30, 2020
EN-MAE Finite Element Modeling Services
Source: U.S. Department Of Transportation
September 30, 2015 – September 29, 2020
GHBMC Phase III Pelvis and Lower Extremity Body Region Model
Source: Global Human Body Models Consortium, LLC
March 15, 2018 – June 30, 2020
Mechanical Properties of Tissue in Living Humans
Source: American Systems Corporation
February 20, 2019 – February 24, 2020
Development of Global Head Kinematics and Local Brain Tissue Injury Criteria and Associated Injury Risk Functions Relevant for Automotive Safety Evaluation
Source: Japan Automobile Research Institute
April 01, 2019 – December 31, 2019
Human Skin Simulant for Ballistic Testing
Source: Luna Innovations, Inc.
September 01, 2017 – December 31, 2019
THOR-50M Finite Element Model Improvement
Source: U.S. Department Of Transportation
September 15, 2017 – September 14, 2019
Verification and Validation Support for the CORVID CAVEMAN
Source: Corvid Technologies
January 01, 2018 – May 15, 2019
Non-Injurious Head Motion Study on Human Volunteers
Source: Biomechanics Consulting and Research, LLC
October 01, 2017 – March 30, 2019
Center of Expertise in Football helmet Impact Models
Source: Biomechanics Consulting and Research, LLC
May 08, 2017 – January 07, 2019
Development of Global Head Kinematics and Local Brain Tissue Injury Criteria and Associated Injury Risk Functions Relevant for Automotive Safety Evaluation
Source: Japan Automobile Research Institute
June 22, 2018 – December 31, 2018
EN-MAE Brain Deformation Corridors with Neutral Density Targets
Source: U.S. Department Of Transportation
July 18, 2016 – December 17, 2018
Principled Development of Helmet Standards
Source: Biomechanics Consulting and Research, LLC
June 01, 2017 – November 30, 2018
Development of Global Head Kinematics and Local Brain Tissue Injury Criteria and Associated Injury Risk Functions Relevant for Automotive Safety Evaluation
Source: Japan Automobile Research Institute
April 01, 2018 – May 27, 2018
EN-MAE-CAB Helmet Impactor Model Development
Source: Biomechanics Consulting and Research, LLC
August 01, 2016 – April 09, 2018
Verification and Validation Support for the CORVID CAVEMAN
Source: Corvid Technologies
September 01, 2016 – December 31, 2017
EN-MAE-CAB Assessing Occupant Protection for Automated Vehicles
Source: U.S. Department Of Transportation
September 29, 2016 – December 14, 2017
EN-CAB-MAE Shear Wave Elastography of the Achilles Tendon in Athletes
Source: Biomechanics Consulting and Research, LLC
December 01, 2015 – May 31, 2017
EN-CAB-MAE Development of an Improved Brain Injury Criterion for Diverse Impact Conditions
Source: Partnership for Dummy Technology and Biomechanisms
May 01, 2015 – December 31, 2016
EN-MAE Human Skin Simulant for Ballistic Testing
Source: Luna Innovations, Inc.
August 17, 2015 – November 30, 2016
EN-MAE Simulation of Pedestrian-Vehicle Impact Using Anthropometrically Morphed THUMS Pedestrian FE Model
Source: TEMA
December 01, 2013 – November 30, 2016
EN-MAE- Validation of the THOR Metric Lower Extremities (JLR)
Source: SIBCO Europe Ltd.
August 01, 2016 – October 31, 2016
EN-MAE THOR LX Validation
Source: Applus IDIADA Group
June 01, 2016 – August 31, 2016
EN-CAB-MAE Expertise in Thoracic and Upper Extremity Models
Source: Global Human Body Models Consortium, LLC
January 16, 2015 – August 31, 2016
EN-CAB-MAE Expertise in Pelvis and Lower Extremity Models
Source: Global Human Body Models Consortium, LLC
January 16, 2015 – August 31, 2016
EN-MAE Knee Airbag Project - A Study of Knee Airbag Performance
Source: Autoliv ASP, Inc.
March 15, 2014 – March 31, 2015
EN-CAB-MAE Investigation of the Efficacy of an Active-Safety Motosports Neck Brace
Source: Alpinestars Europe, Inc.
April 01, 2014 – March 31, 2015
EN-MAE Investigation of Load DIstribution and Energy Attenuation for Seatbelt Modifications
Source: Synthesis Group International, LTD
February 01, 2014 – May 31, 2014
MAE 6080: Constitutive Modeling of Biosystems
Credits: 3
The course covers state-of-the-art mechanical models to describe the constitutive behavior of hard and soft tissues with emphasis on biological form following physiological function. The course will cover linear and nonlinear elasticity, viscoelasticity, poroelasticity, and biphasic constitutive relations in the context of biological systems and will include the dependence of macroscopic behavior and properties on material microstructure. Prerequisite: MAE 6020
MAE 6592: Special Topics in Mechanical and Aerospace Science: Intermediate Level
Credits: 1–3
Study of a specialized, advanced, or exploratory topic relating to mechanical or aerospace engineering science, at the first-graduate-course level. May be offered on a seminar or a team-taught basis. Subjects selected according to faculty interest. New graduate courses are usually introduced in this form. Specific topics and prerequisites are listed in the Course Offering Directory.
MAE 6710: Finite Element Analysis
Credits: 3
The topics covered are: review of vectors, matrices, and numerical solution techniques; discrete systems; variational formulation and approximation for continuous systems; linear finite element method in solid mechanics; formulation of isoparametric finite elements; finite element method for field problems, heat transfer, and fluid dynamics. Prerequisite: MAE 6020 or equivalent
MAE 6993: Independent Study in Mechanical or Aerospace Science: Intermediate Level
Credits: 3
Independent study of first-year graduate level material under the supervision of a faculty member. Prerequisite: Students must petition the department Graduate Studies Committee before enrolling.
MAE 7030: Injury Biomechanics
Credits: 3
This is an advanced applications course on the biomechanical basis of human injury and injury modeling. The course covers the etiology of human injury and state-of-the-art analytic and synthetic mechanical models of human injury. The course will have a strong focus on modeling the risk of impact injuries to the head, neck, thorax, abdomen and extremities. The course will explore the biomechanical basis of widely used and proposed human injury criteria and will investigate the use of these criteria with simplified dummy surrogates to assess human injury risk. Brief introductions to advanced topics such as human biomechanical variation with age and sex, and the biomechanics of injury prevention will be presented based on current research and the interests of the students. Prerequisite: MAE 6080.
MAE 7530: Independent Study in Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering Science: Advanced
Credits: 3
Independent study of advanced graduate material under the supervision of a faculty member. Prerequisite: Students must petition the department Graduate Studies Committee before enrolling.
MAE 7540: Special Graduate Project in Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering: Advanced Level
Credits: 1–12
A design or research project for an advanced graduate student under the supervision of a faculty member. A written report must be submitted and an oral report must be presented. Up to three credits of either this course or MAE 6594 may be applied toward the master's degree. Prerequisite: Students must petition the department Graduate Studies Committee before enrolling.
MAE 8897: Graduate Teaching Instruction
Credits: 1–12
For master's students.
BME 8999: Master's Research
Credits: 1–12
Master's Research
MAE 8999: Master's Thesis Research, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Credits: 1–12
Formal documentation of faculty supervision of thesis research. Each full-time, resident Master of Science student in mechanical and aerospace engineering is required to register for this course for the number of credits equal to the difference between his or her regular course load (not counting the one-credit MAE 7510 seminar) and 12.
MAE 9897: Graduate Teaching Instruction
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral students.
MAE 9999: Dissertation Research, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Credits: 1–12
Formal documentation of faculty supervision of dissertation research. Each full-time resident doctoral student in mechanical and aerospace engineering is required to register for this course for the number of credits equal to the difference between his or her regular course load (not counting the one-credit MAE 8591 seminar) and 12.
BME 9999: Dissertation
Credits: 1–12
Formal record of student commitment to doctoral research under the guidance of a faculty advisor. May be repeated as necessary.