Rachel Richardson

Rachel Richardson got her Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Virginia. She conducted research in the kinematics of reclined occupants in frontal automotive crashes. She is currently involved in both computational modeling and experimental projects at the Center for Applied Biomechanics.


BS, Biomedical Engineering – University of Virginia

Research Interests

  • Automotive safety 
  • Autonomous Vehicles
  • Finite Element Modeling

Selected Publications

  • Richardson et al., (2017). Field Data Analysis of Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle (ROV) Crashes. Traffic Injury Prevention.
  • Rawska, K., Gepner, B., Kulkarni, S., Chastain, K., Zhu, J., Richardson, R., Perez-Rapela, D., Forman, J., Kerrigan, J. (2019). Submarining sensitivity across varied anthropometry in an autonomous driving system environment. Traffic Injury Prevention.
  • Richardson et al., (2019). Test Methodology for Evaluating the Reclined Seating Environment with Human Surrogates. ESV 2019.


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

 Other Interests

  • Hiking, pizza, piano, and singing