Who We Are

  • Center for Engineering in Medicine Associate Director

    Center for Engineering in Medicine Associate Director

    MARK SOCHOR, M.D., Vice Chair for Research Department of Emergency Medicine
    Associate Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Emergency Medicine
    Medical Director, Center for Applied Biomechanics

    MSOCHOR@VIRGINIA.EDU | 434-297-8039

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.

  • Center for Engineering in Medicine Senior Research Program Officer

    Center for Engineering in Medicine Senior Research Program Officer

    Julie A Radlinski, MPH
    (714) 612 - 3835


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.

  • Center for Engineering in Medicine Communications Manager

    Center for Engineering in Medicine Communications Manager

    Wende Whitman
    (434) 806-9326


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