Dr. Mark Sochor is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Associate Professor in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the University of Virginia. Dr. Sochor is a clinically active emergency medicine physician and a researcher at the Center for Applied Biomechanics. Prior to attending medical school, Dr. Sochor was a biomechanical safety engineer who developed vehicle occupant safety systems (airbag and steering column) with the Chrysler Corporation. Dr. Sochor holds a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering with an emphasis in Biomedical Engineering and has published numerous articles on impact biomechanics as it relates to the c-spine, chest, abdomen (pregnancy), pelvis and lower extremities. As the University of Michigan Program for Injury Research and Education (UMPIRE) Injury Research Fellow, Dr. Sochor trained numerous engineers from industry in anatomy and injury causation.
Tom Fletcher is an associate professor in electrical and computer engineering and a joint appointment in computer science. He holds a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and was previously faculty in the School of Computing at the University of Utah. His main research expertise lies in the areas of statistical modeling and machine learning of high-dimensional and nonlinear data from images. This includes anatomical shape analysis and brain connectivity analysis from structural, functional and diffusion magnetic resonance imaging. His work in these areas has been recognized with six best paper awards in the top image analysis and computer vision conferences (MICCAI, IPMI, ISBI, ICCV) and journals (MedIA, Signal Processing). He has been the principal investigator of multiple NSF and NIH grants, including an NSF CAREER Award to investigate novel methods for longitudinal analysis of brain shape with applications to Alzheimer's disease and an NIH BRAIN Initiative aimed at developing computational statistical analyses of functional brain networks and their role in autism.
Julie Radlinski joins the Center’s team with over 10 years of diverse professional experience in clinical research, project management, business development and cross-organizational team building. She is passionate about merging engineering and medicine with business, design and other key innovation areas – this intersection is exactly what she hopes to foster for the Center and expand at UVA. She was previously an industry consultant, building strategic plans for research and discovery, organizing thought-leadership workshops and building relationships between industry and academia. Prior to consulting, she worked for the USC Center for Body Computing, a digital health research and innovation center in Los Angeles, as well as Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham & Women’s Hospital in clinical research project management. Julie received her BA in Biology from Amherst College and MPH from Tufts University School of Medicine.
Julie will be the main operational leader for the Center and would be a great point of contact for questions, ideas, and engagement opportunities.
Wende has over 15 years of professional experience in the communications and information technology fields to include creative direction, content development and managment, writing, editing, strategic communications, social media management, PR and media engagement, vendor outsourcing and management, process development and web-based application development. She is currently the communications manager for the engineering-for-health research area, including the Center for Engineering and Medicine, and the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.
Center for Engineering in Medicine Advisory Board
Peggy Shupnik, Senior Associate Dean for Research, School of Medicine
Susan L.R. Barker, Associate Dean for Research, School of Engineering
Jeanne Alhusen, Acting Associate Dean for Research, School of Nursing
John Hawley, Associate Dean for the Sciences, Arts and Sciences
Thomas Loughran, Director, UVA Cancer Center
David Chen, Director, Wallace H. Coulter Translational Partners Program
Christopher Kramer, Chief, Cardiovascular Division, School of Medicine
Karen Johnston, Director, Translational Health Research Institute of Virginia (THRIV)
Philip Bourne, Dean, School of Data Science