Rachel Richardson


Rachel Richardson is a PhD Student at the University of Virginia Center for Applied Biomechanics. While pursuing her undergraduate studies in biomedical engineering at the University of Virginia, her interests gravitated towards the field of biomechanics. The impactful exposure to the field at CAB as a part-time researcher during her undergraduate only further strengthened this passion, and she decided to take the deep dive into biomechanics research as a PhD student. Her research has focused on recreational off-highway vehicle accidents. She hopes to pursue research in orthopedics during her PhD.  


BS, Biomedical Engineering – University of Virginia

Research Interests

  • Injury biomechanics
  • Automotive safety 
  • Clinical Orthopedics 
  • Data Analysis/Simulation


  • University of Virginia Rodman Scholar, 2015
  • University of Virginia Beckman Scholar Finalist, 2015
  • Member – Biomedical Engineering Society
  • Member – Society of Women Engineers 

 Other Interests

  • Power lifting, Hiking, Eating, Piano