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Cynthia Bir - Hall of Fame (2015)

Mechanical Engineering

MSME '99, Ph.D. '00, is a professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California and director of the university's Center for Trauma, Violence & Injury Prevention. She has extensive research experience in the area of human injury tolerances. Her research interests include sports injury biomechanics, ballistic impacts, blast injury and forensic biomechanics. She has studied the effects of impacts to all regions of the body and is known worldwide for her work in this area.

Bir has published more than 50 peer-reviewed journal papers and more than 100 abstracts and conference papers. Her research has received millions of dollars in funding from numerous organizations, including the Department of Defense, and she has served as an expert on NATO panels. Additionally, she is the lead scientist for both Sport Science on ESPN - which earned her two Emmys - and Fight Science on National Geographic. She has also been seen on Curiosity: Plane Crash (Discovery Channel), Stan Lee's Superhumans (History Channel) and The Indestructibles (National Geographic).

Prior to joining the University of Southern California, Bir served as a professor of biomedical engineering at Wayne State University. She holds a B.S. in nursing from Nazareth College in Kalamazoo, Michigan; an M.S. in bioengineering from the University of Michigan; and an M.S. in mechanical engineering and a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from Wayne State.