Academic Credentials
  • Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ, 2022
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, The College of New Jersey, 2018
Professional Honors
  • Graduate Certificate, Human Factors in Transportation Safety, Virginia Tech, 2019
  • Outstanding Student of the Year Award, University Transportation Centers, 2021
  • First Place Award, Enhanced Safety of Vehicles Student Safety Technology Design Competition, 2019
  • Pratt Fellowship, Virginia Tech, 2018 – 2019
  • National Merit Scholarship, The College of New Jersey, 2014-2018
Professional Affiliations
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (member)
  • Biomedical Engineering Society (member)
  • Phi Kappa Phi (member)
  • Society for Automotive Engineers (member)

Dr. Novotny has a multidisciplinary background conducting research that considers biomedical engineering, mechanical engineering, and human factors to address issues related to transportation safety. At Exponent, Dr. Novotny addresses issues involving the biomechanics of human injury and analyzes the injury mechanisms associated with pathologies resulting from motor vehicle collisions, interactions involving consumer products, and premises liability events. He has degrees in both biomedical engineering and mechanical engineering.

Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Novotny worked as a research associate at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, leading and assisting with a number of research studies focused on improving transportation safety. He has extensive experience conducting human subjects testing, using inertial motion units (IMUs), and analyzing large-scale datasets. Dr. Novotny's doctoral work focused on understanding the interaction between electric scooter technology, road infrastructure, and human factors in order to provide policy, design, and training recommendations to reduce e-scooter related crashes and injuries.