Madelyn Eaton

Madelyn Eaton

Madelyn Kramer is a PhD student at the University of Virginia Center for Applied Biomechanics. She received a BS at Southern Illinois University (SIU), double majoring in Physics and Mathematics. At SIU she did materials research in condensed matter physics, understanding electron band gaps of semiconductors, and research in the physics of shock waves, looking at the results of earthquakes in fracking areas of coal mines. It was during a summer internship, at the University of North Texas (UNT) studying materials for bone implants, when she became interested in the field of injury biomechanics. Now, at the Center for Applied Biomechanics Madelyn pursues research in underbody blast and injuries of the lower extremities.


  • BS in Physics and Mathematics, Southern Illinois University

Affiliations & Awards

  • American Physical Society (APS)
  • Optical Society of America (OSA)
  • Sigma Pi Sigma (Physics Honor Society)
  • Society of Physics Students (SPS)

Research Interests

  • Injury biomechanics
  • Underbody blasts on warfighters
  • Behind Armor Blunt Trauma (BABT)
  • Shock physics
  • Pulmonary injury

 Other Interests

  • Reading, Hiking, Tennis