Biomedical engineering students win first and third prize for best student papers at prestigious Stapp Car Crash Conference

Nadia Azar (right) receives first prize for best student paper at the 2011 Stapp Car Crash Conference.

Wayne State University biomedical engineering students won first and third prize for best student papers at the 2011 Stapp Car Crash Conference, held November 7-9 in Dearborn.

Nadia Azar received first prize for her paper on Muscular Response to Physiologic Tensile Stretch of the Caprine C5/6 Facet Joint Capsule: Dynamic Recruitment Thresholds and Latencies. Dr. John Cavanaugh is her advisor.

Yan Li received third prize for his paper on Injury Predictors for Traumatic Axonal Injury in a Rodent Head Impact Acceleration Model. Drs. John Cavanaugh and Liying Zhang are his advisors.

Yan Li (left) receives third prize for best student paper at the 2011 Stapp Car Conference.

The Stapp Car Crash Conference is the premier forum for presentation of research in impact biomechanics, human injury tolerance, and related fields that advance the knowledge of land-vehicle crash injury protection. The Conference provides an opportunity to participate in free discussion regarding the causes and mechanisms of injury, experimental methods and tools for use in impact biomechanics research, and the development of new concepts for reducing injuries and fatalities in automobile crashes.