Steve Rowson, Helmet Laboratory Director, Virginia Tech
Steve is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics at Virginia Tech and director of the Virginia Tech Helmet Lab. His expertise is in injury biomechanics, concussion, and safe product design and assessment. The overarching rationale of Steve's work is that if you understand the mechanical forces that cause injury to the human body, interventions can be developed to prevent injury from occurring.
Steve has worked on projects in automotive and military spaces, but my current focus is on reducing concussions in sports. He is particularly interested in translational research that results in new interventions to reduce injury across the population. Steve runs and maintains the Virginia Tech Helmet Ratings, which he co-developed with Stefan Duma. The ratings provide consumers with an objective assessment of relative helmet performance and serve as a design tool for helmet manufacturers.