Daniel Perez-Rapela


Daniel Perez-Rapela is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Virginia Center for Applied Biomechanics. He is the former Responsible for Side Impact Occupant Safety at the Simulation Department of SEAT (VW-Group). During his career, Perez-Rapela has developed restrains systems for both the European and North American market. His current research focuses on Pedestrian and Occupant Protection.


  • Industrial Engineer – University of Zaragoza, Spain

Research Interests

  • Motorsports
  • Occupant Safety
  • Pedestrian Protection
  • Finite Element Modeling
  • Crashworthiness
  • Military Underbody Blast Biomechanics

Awards & Affiliations

  • 3rd best student paper at the 63th Stapp Conference, November 2019

Other Interests

  • Motorsport, basketball, mountain biking