B.S. ​University of Waterloo, 2003M.S. ​University of Waterloo, 2006Ph.D. ​Duke University, 2012

"Our research makes an impact on the development of new injury mitigation technologies through the study the biomechanics of impact in sports, automotive crashes, and the military."

Matthew Brian Panzer, Assistant Professor

Dr. Panzer is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Virginia, and is head of computational research at the Center for Applied Biomechanics since 2012. He graduated from Duke University in North Carolina with a PhD in Biomedical Engineering, and from the University of Waterloo in Ontario Canada with this BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering. Dr. Panzer’s research focus is on using computational mechanics to model and predict the biomechanics of injury following an impact. This research includes developing and using nonlinear finite element and multibody models to simulate high-rate events such as sport impact, automotive crashes, and military events. Current applications of this research include the study of traumatic brain injury for blast and football helmet impacts, pedestrian impact, lower extremity biomechanics and injury, and the development of injury mitigation systems such as helmets and knee airbags.

Research Interests

  • Human Factors
  • Materials and Advanced Manufacturing for Biological Applications
  • Biomechanics/Injury Biomechanics or Biomechanics and Mechanobiology
  • Materials Characterization
  • Bio-inspired systems

In the News

Selected Publications

  • Assessment of Kinematic Brain Injury Metrics for Predicting Strain Responses in Diverse Automotive Impact Conditions. Annals of Biomedical Engineering. 44(12):3705-3718. 2016 Gabler LF, Crandall JR, and Panzer MB
  • Scaling in Neurotrauma: How Do We Apply Animal Experiments to People? Experimental Neurology. 261: 120-126. 2014 Panzer MB, Wood GW, and Bass CR
  • Mesh Considerations for Finite Element Blast Modeling in Biomechanics. Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering. 16(6): 612-621. 2013 Panzer MB, Myers, and Bass CR
  • Brain Injuries from Blast. Annals of Biomedical Engineering. 40(1): 185-202. 2012 Bass CR, Panzer MB, Rafaels KA, Wood GW, and Capehart BP
  • Cervical Spine Response in Frontal Crash. Medical Engineering and Physics. 33(9): 1147-1159. 2011 Panzer MB, Fice JB, and Cronin DS

Courses Taught

  • MAE 3310: Aerospace Structures Fall 2016
  • MAE 6080: Constitutive Modelling of Biosystems Spring 2014
  • MAE 6250: Multibody Mechanical Systems Fall 2014, 2015
  • MAE 6710: Finite Element Analysis Spring 2015, 2016, 2017
  • MAE 7030: Injury Biomechanics Spring 2017