Academic Credentials
  • Ph.D., Medical Engineering and Medical Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 1996
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 1992
  • B.S., Bioengineering, University of Pennsylvania, 1990
Professional Honors
  • National Academy of Engineering (elected 2021)
  • Tau Beta Pi
  • Sigma Xi
  • Tau Beta Pi Sophomore of the Year Award
  • American Association of University Women Engineering Dissertation Fellow
  • Irwin S. Chanin Fellow in Medical Engineering & Medical Physics
  • Rhone-Poulenc Rorer Research Fellow in Health Sciences & Technology
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow
  • Herman P. Schwan Award for Academic Achievement in Bioengineering, University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Catherine Corrigan is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Exponent. Dr. Corrigan joined the Company in 1996, was promoted to Principal in the Biomechanics Practice in 2002, and to Corporate Vice President in 2005. 

In 2012, Dr. Corrigan was appointed Vice President of Exponent's Transportation Group, overseeing the company's Vehicle Engineering, Biomechanics, Human Factors, and Statistical and Data Sciences practices, as well as Visual Communications. She was appointed President of the Company in 2016 and Chief Executive Officer in 2018.

Dr. Corrigan has consulted in the area of injury biomechanics and on issues related to motor vehicle and product safety for more than twenty years. Dr. Corrigan holds a Ph.D. in Medical Engineering from the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from MIT, and a BS.E. in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Corrigan addresses issues involving the biomechanics of human injury, with expertise in the areas of human tolerance and occupant kinematics. Her work includes analysis of traumatic injuries associated with transportation, heavy equipment, falls, consumer products, and the workplace. Her research activities have included studies of occupant kinematics and injuries in the automotive environment, bone and joint mechanics, pediatric biomechanics, and the mechanics of central nervous system injury. Dr. Corrigan's experience also includes computerized accident simulation and field accident data analysis.

Dr. Corrigan has held appointments as Adjunct Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Temple University, and as Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Princeton University. Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Corrigan was a researcher at the Orthopedic Biomechanics Laboratory of Beth Israel Hospital and Harvard Medical School.