Jean Sebastian Giudice Vilar


Sebastian is a PhD student at UVA Center for Applied Biomechanics. As a member of Team Panzer, Sebastian has worked on numerous computational and experimental projects. Currently, Sebastian is working on developing an American Football Helmet Finite Element (FE) model as part of the NFL Numerical Crowdsourcing Consortium. His other projects include measuring in situ brain deformation during dynamic head rotation and developing a high-throughput morphing framework for creating subject-specific brain FE models as part of his dissertation research. Sebastian’s past research projects have included developing the pelvis and lower extremities and thorax for the 5th percentile GHBMC human body model, assessing Achilles tendon material properties using experimental techniques and Shear Wave Elastography, evaluating and improving the NHTSA THOR FE model, and using inverse FE methods to create constitutive models for biological tissues.


  • B.S. in Biomedical Engineering – Duke University, ‘14
  • Minor in Neuroscience

Selected Publications

  • Giudice JS, Zeng W, Wu T, Alshareef A, Shedd DG, and Panzer MB (2018). An analytical review of the numerical methods used for finite element modeling of traumatic brain injury. Annals of Biomedical Engineering. DOI: 10.1007/s10439-018-02161-5.
  • Giudice JS, Park G, Kong K, Bailey A, Kent R, and Panzer MB (2018). Development of dummy and impactor models for the assessment of American football helmet finite element models. Annals of Biomedical Engineering. DOI: 10.1007/s10439-018-02155-3.
  • Giudice JS, Poulard D, Nie B, Wu T, and Panzer MB (2018). A cortical thickness mapping method for the coxal bone using morphing. Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology, 6, 149 (DOI: 10.3389/fbioe.2018.00149).
  • Alshareef A, Giudice JS, Forman J, Salzar RS, and Panzer MB (2018). A method for quantifying human in-situ¬ whole brain deformation under rotational loading using sonomicrometry. Journal of Neurotrauma, 35(5), 780-789.
  • Nie B, Giudice JS, Poulard D, Wu T, and Panzer MB (2018). Evaluation and injury investigation of a finite element foot and ankle model for small female occupants. Int. Journal of Crashworthiness. DOI: 10.1080/13588265.2018.1484576.

Research Interests

  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • Lower extremity biomechanics
  • Human body modelling
  • Sports injury


  • UVA Presidential Fellowship for Collaborative Neuroscience (2018 – 2019)
  • Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) Foundation Fellowship (2018 – 2019)
  • MAE Outstanding Graduate Student Award (2018)
  • Margaret H. Hines Award – 11th Anual Injury Biomechanics Symposium (Ohio State University, 2015)

Other Interests

  • Watching and playing sports
  • Cooking
  • Photography
  • Music