Sarah Sherman
Sarah Sherman, Ph.D.
Associate
Biomechanics
  • Detroit

Dr. Sherman’s expertise is in the field of injury and impact biomechanics, specifically related to injuries resulting from sports or ballistic impacts. She has conducted a variety of human and surrogate biomechanical tests both in a laboratory setting and in the field. Dr. Sherman’s research has focused on quantifying head impacts sustained by amateur boxers while in the ring, measuring the response of the canine’s thorax to blunt ballistic impacts, and identifying the level of injuries resulting from a blunt ballistic impact to the chest while wearing ballistic protection. Dr. Sherman also has experience collecting data from various transducers including accelerometers, strain gages, deflection sensors, and force sensors. She has analyzed their output using various software to process the data (determine frequency content, filter, and calculate biomechanical variables), including high speed video analysis.

She also has experience with ITAR (International Traffic in Arms Regulations) controlled sensors and familiarity with government restrictions on their data access. 

Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Sherman was a Research Assistant in the Biomedical Engineering Department at Wayne State University. While at Wayne State, she was the supervisor of the Sports Injury Biomechanics Laboratory, where she developed individual test plans, collected and analyzed data, and worked with customers to author customized reports based on their unique needs. 

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, Wayne State University, 2015
  • M.S., Biomedical Engineering, Wayne State University, 2010
  • B.S., Chemical Engineering, Wayne State University, 2006
  • Kales Scholarship, 2009

    Graduate-Professional Scholarship, 2007–2008

    AIChE Undergraduate Poster Contest, 3rd Place, October 2005

Publications

Stojsih (Sherman) S, Baker J, Les C, Bir C. Review of canine deaths while in service in US civilian law enforcement (2002–2012). Special Operations Medical Journal 2014; 14(4):86–91.

Stojsih (Sherman) S, Baker J, Bir C. Effects of a ballistic vest on field performance of law enforcement canines. Canine Science & Technology Workshop. Raleigh NC, 2014.

Hewins K, Anctil B, Stojsih (Sherman) S, Bir C. Ballistic blunt trauma assessment methodology validation. Personal Armour Systems Symposium. Nuremberg, Germany, 2012.

Stojsih (Sherman) S, Longhurst D, Bir C. Behind armor blunt trauma: Comparison of field and experimental data. Personal Armour Systems Symposium. Quebec City, 2010.

Bir C, Stojsih (Sherman) S. The biomechanics of impact in boxing. In: Warnick, J and Martin, W. Advancements in the Scientific Study of Combative Sports. New York: Nova, 2010.

Stojsih (Sherman) S, Boitano M, Wilhelm M, Bir C. A prospective study of punch biomechanics and cognitive function for amateur boxers. British Journal of Sports Medicine 2010; 44(10):725–730.

Uygun B, Stojsih (Sherman) S, Matthew, H. Effects of immobilized gylcosaminoglycans on the proliferation and differentiation of mesenchymal stem cells. Tissue Engineering Part A 2009; 15(11): 3499–3512.

Stojsih (Sherman) S, Bir C. Comparison of experimental and real-time data in amateur boxers. ASME Summer Bioengineering Conference. Lake Tahoe, UT, 2009.

Stojsih (Sherman) S, Bir C. Behind armor blunt trauma: case study. 4th European Conference on Protective Clothing. Arnhem, Netherlands, 2009.

Stojsih (Sherman) S, Boitano M, Bir C. Head impact accelerations in boxing using telemetry system. American Medical Society for Sports Medicine Conference. Las Vegas, NV, 2008.

Stojsih (Sherman) S, Bir C. Behind armor blunt trauma injuries in law enforcement from ballistic impact: Body armor assessment. American Academy of Forensic Sciences Conference. Washington DC, 2008.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, Wayne State University, 2015
  • M.S., Biomedical Engineering, Wayne State University, 2010
  • B.S., Chemical Engineering, Wayne State University, 2006
  • Kales Scholarship, 2009

    Graduate-Professional Scholarship, 2007–2008

    AIChE Undergraduate Poster Contest, 3rd Place, October 2005