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Jingwen Hu, MS, PhD

Research Associate Professor, Transportation Research Institute, University of Michigan

Research Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan

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Dr. Hu is Research Associate Professor with the Biosciences Group of the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI). He also holds a joint appointment at the Department of Mechanical Engineering at University of Michigan. Dr. Hu is an author of 60+ peer-reviewed journal articles and 40+ conference papers. As the lead author, he has received three "Best Paper Awards", UMTRI Research Excellence Award, and Research Faculty Achievement Award, in human/dummy modeling in various impact scenarios.

Research Interests

Dr. Hu’s research interests primarily focus on impact/injury biomechanics in motor-vehicle crashes by a multidisciplinary approach using combination of experimental, computational, and epidemiological procedures. One of the highlights of his recent research is the development of parametric computational human models representing a diverse population. Such models have been used to study the injury mechanism and safety designs for various vulnerable populations, such as children, elderly, pedestrians, pregnant women, and obese occupants. His research has been funded by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institute of Justice (NIJ), U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC), and Auto Industry (Ford, GM, Toyota, ZF TRW, Britax, JCI, etc.).