BioB.S. Integrated Science and Technology, James Madison UniversityM.S. Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of VirginiaPh.D. Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of Virginia
Jason R. Kerrigan joined the Center for Applied Biomechanics as a Masters student in January of 2002. After receiving his ME and PhD, he joined the senior professional research staff at CAB as a research scientist and then a senior scientist. In 2014, he expanded his role at CAB and with UVA to include classroom instruction and academic advising as an Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE). In graduate school, Dr. Kerrigan’s research focused on vehicle-pedestrian impact, lower extremity injuries, and characterization of the mechanical response of human tissues. Currently, he is leading several projects aimed at occupant protection and vehicle crashworthiness in rollover crashes, and is developing research capabilities to support investigations in motorsports, off-road vehicles, and orthopedic biomechanics. Overall, Dr. Kerrigan’s research portfolio includes everything from small sample to whole body post-mortem human surrogate testing, human body computational modeling, structural crashworthiness, field data analyses, and dummy biofidelity assessments and improvements. Dr. Kerrigan’s work has been supported by industry, government, and academic/research institutions in North America, Europe, and Asia. He has authored three book chapters, over 40 refereed journal articles, and over 50 conference publications. Currently, Dr. Kerrigan teaches graduate level Continuum Mechanics, and undergraduate/graduate Vibrations within MAE. He grew up in Reston, Virginia, but now lives in Charlottesville with his wife and two preschool-aged sons.