- Ph.D., Bioengineering, Biomechanics Emphasis, Arizona State University, 2000
- B.S., Biomedical Engineering, Milwaukee School of Engineering, 1991
- SAE Arch T. Colwell Merit Award, 2006
- Sachiko Yahashi Memorial Award, International Society for Skiing Safety
- Regent's Graduate Academic Scholar, ASU
- Presidential Scholar, Milwaukee School of Engineering
- Tau Beta Pi
- Eta Kappa Nu
- Phi Kappa Phi
- Society of Automotive Engineers—SAE
- International Society of Biomechanics—ISB
- American Society for Testing and Materials—ASTM
- Southwestern Association of Technical Accident Investigators—SATAI
- National Association of Professional Accident Reconstruction Specialists—NAPARS
- The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers—IEEE
- The IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society—IEEE-EMBS
Dr. Carhart's expertise is in the biomechanics of human injury and accident reconstruction, specializing in the areas of musculoskeletal dynamics, occupant dynamics, human injury tolerance, vehicular rollover, and occupant-to-glazing interaction. He has a more than a decade of experience analyzing traumatic injuries associated with motor vehicles crashes, as well as incidents involving recreation, sport, falls, and the workplace.
Dr. Carhart has researched human motion, loading, and injury potential through the analysis and interpretation of the crash-test responses of anthropomorphic test devices (ATDs), the development and application of computational models of the human body, and statistical analyses. His research efforts in rollover include occupant protection system evaluations, the performance of vehicle roof structures, and the performance of automotive safety glass, with an emphasis on occupant motion, loading, containment, and injury mechanics. His efforts in these areas have involved computer modeling, component-level testing, and full-scale rollover testing. Dr. Carhart has also applied rehabilitation engineering approaches to affect functional recovery following spinal cord injury, including electrical stimulation and sensorimotor training.
Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Carhart was a Research Scientist at the Arizona BioDesign Institute at Arizona State University (ASU), and a consultant with Forensic Dynamics, LLC. Dr. Carhart has undergraduate and graduate teaching experience in biomechanics, biomedical instrumentation, computer modeling, and microcomputer applications in bioengineering.