Dr. Raasch specializes in the biomechanics of injury, vehicle occupant dynamics and kinematics, human injury tolerance and associated test criteria, occupant restraint systems, and accident reconstruction. Dr. Raasch’s work involves analysis of traumatic injuries associated with motor vehicle and other accidents, computer simulation of occupant motions using ATB, DYNAMAN, and MADYMO, and analysis of vehicle restraint system performance. She has conducted test projects including full-scale vehicle crash and sled testing, motorcycle testing, component testing, and specialized biomechanical studies such as helmet impact testing. Dr. Raasch also oversees Exponent’s anthropomorphic test dummy (ATD) laboratory, and provides analysis of ATD biofidelity issues and project-specific modification of ATDs. She has developed ATD calibration fixtures and procedures, and managed the design and integration of Exponent’s own Hybrid III-based motorcycle ATD, which includes an onboard data collection system and instrumented leg. Her research has focused on analysis of locomotion and reaching movements, and impaired control of movement after head injury or stroke. Her investigations have included the creation of complex computer models of muscle and skeletal dynamics, use of optimization techniques, and experiments using motion analysis and electromyography.
Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Raasch was a Research Associate and Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and Northwestern University, a Biomedical Engineer and Research Assistant at Rehabilitation Research & Development Center of Palo Alto Veterans Administration Health Care System and Stanford University, and a Satellite Systems Engineer at TRW Space & Technology Group.