Stacy Imler
Stacy M. Imler, Ph.D., P.E.
Managing Engineer
Biomechanics
Atlanta

Dr. Imler has expertise in injury biomechanics and biomechanical accident reconstruction. Her work includes analysis of injuries associated with the transportation industry (passenger vehicle, heavy trucking, and railroad accidents), industrial equipment, recreational activities, slip/trip and falls, pedestrian accidents, and consumer products. Dr. Imler has performed biomechanical analyses for a wide range of motor vehicle accidents including rollover accidents, planar collisions, and low-speed collisions. In general, her analyses include evaluation of the injuries through an injury causation analysis or through determination of the mechanism of traumatic injury, as well as investigation of the effects of existing or hypothetical safety countermeasures such as air bags, seat belts, or personal protective equipment on the injury outcome.

Dr. Imler's research interests include evaluation of ejection mitigation technologies (i.e., rollover-activated side curtain airbags) in the context of occupant containment and injury potential in rollover crashes. Additional research includes evaluation of motor vehicle crash field accident data to determine injury risk in specific crash modes for particular population groups (e.g., by age, stature, restraint status, etc.).

Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Imler was a Graduate Research Assistant at the Soft Tissue Biomechanics Laboratory at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Georgia, where her research activities included studies in soft tissue biomechanics, particularly fibrocartilage and articular cartilage, and the biosynthetic effects of external mechanical stimuli, including injurious as well as physiological loading on orthopaedic soft tissues. She has technical experience in design and development of devices to implement external mechanical stimuli, as well as experience in mechanical testing, tissue engineering, and biological assays.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), 2005
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), 2001
  • B.S.M.E., Mechanical Engineering, Lehigh University, 1998, highest honors
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

    Clare Boothe Luce Fellowship

    Georgia Tech President’s Fellowship

    Medtronic Fellowship

    Iacocca Scholar

    GTE Academic All-American

    Pi Tau Sigma

    Tau Beta Pi

    Phi Beta Kappa

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Licensed Professional Engineer, Georgia, #PE036575

Licensed Professional Engineer, Alabama, #35750

Licensed Professional Engineer, Mississippi, #20378LTD

Licensed Professional Engineer, New York, #100512

Licensed Professional Engineer, Pennsylvania, # PE076461

Publications

Pasquesi S, Bruno A, Courtney A, Imler S, Smedley J, Prange M. Risk of concussion in low- to moderate-speed frontal and rear-end motor vehicle collisions. SAE Technical Paper 2019 01-1218.

Ellis B, Kirkpatrick E, Phan SK, Imler S, Beckham H. Measuring compression caused by garments. International Journal of Clothing Science and Technology 2018; 30(2):138-151.

Mkandawire C, Imler S, Smith J. Obese forklift operator neck loads and back load on a sit down lift truck during a sudden drop. ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, IMECE2016-65169, Phoenix, AZ, 2016.

Imler SM, Heller MF, Raasch CC, Watson HN, Zhao K. The effect of rear impact collision delta-V and restraint status on injury outcome. SAE Technical Paper 2014-01-0524, 2014.

Newberry WN, Imler S, Carhart M, Dibb A, Balavich K, Croteau J, Cooper E. Belted occupant kinematics and head excursion during the airborne phase of vehicle rollover: evaluation of the effects of rollover-deployed curtain airbags. SAE Technical Paper 2014-01-0527, 2014.

Zabala ME, Yang N, Imler S, Zhao K, Ray R. Evaluation of ejection risk and injury distribution using data from the Large Truck Crash Causation Study (LTCCS). SAE Technical Paper 2014-01-0491, 2014.

Vanderploeg EJ, Wilson CG, Imler SM, Ling CH, Levenston ME. Regional variations in the distribution and colocalization of extracellular matrix proteins in the juvenile bovine meniscus. Journal of Anatomy 2012; 221(2):174–186.

Imler SM, Heller MF, Zhao K, Watson HN, Corrigan CF. The effect of side impact collision delta-V, restraint status, and occupant position on injury outcome. SAE Technical Paper 2010-01-1158, 2010.

Heller MF, Imler SM, Zhao K, Watson HN, Corrigan CF. The effect of frontal collision delta-V and restraint status on injury outcome. SAE Technical Paper 2010-01-0145, 2010.

Mouw JK, Imler SM, Levenston ME. Ion-channel regulation of chondrocyte matrix synthesis in 3D culture under static and dynamic compression. Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology 2007; 6(1-2):33-41.

Imler SM. In vitro modulation of meniscus biosynthesis: A basis for understanding cellular response to physiologically relevant stimuli. Doctoral Dissertation, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2005.

Vanderploeg EJ, Imler SM, Brodkin KR, García AJ, Levenston ME. Oscillatory tension differentially modulates matrix metabolism and cytoskeletal organization in chondrocytes and fibrochondrocytes. Journal of Biomechanics 2004; 37(12):1941-1952.

Imler SM, Doshi AN, Levenston ME. Combined effects of growth factors and static mechanical compression on meniscus explant biosynthesis. Osteoarthritis Cartilage 2004; 12(9):736-744.

Hunter CJ, Imler SM, Malaviya P, Nerem RM, Levenston ME. Mechanical compression alters gene expression and extracellular matrix synthesis by chondrocytes cultured in collagen I gels. Biomaterials 2002; 23(4):1249-1259.

Selected Presentations and Published Abstracts

Imler SM, Heller MF, Raasch CC, Watson HN, Zhao K. The effect of rear impact collision delta-V and restraint status on injury outcome. SAE World Congress, Detroit, MI, April 10, 2014.

Newberry WN, Imler S, Carhart M, Dibb A, Balavich K, Croteau J, Cooper E. Belted occupant kinematics and head excursion during the airborne phase of vehicle rollover: evaluation of the effects of rollover-deployed curtain airbags. SAE World Congress, Detroit, MI, April 10, 2014.

Imler SM, Heller MF, Zhao K, Watson HN, Corrigan CF. The effect of side impact collision delta-V, restraint status, and occupant position on injury outcome. SAE World Congress, Detroit, MI, April 15, 2010.

Imler SM, Wilson CG, Levenston ME. IL-1 induces rapid loss of matrix constituents and material properties from meniscal fibrocartilage. Transactions of the Orthopaedic Research Society 2005; 30:1705.

Imler SM, Doshi AN, Levenston ME. Effects of anabolic cytokines and static compression on meniscus tissue explants. Transactions of the Orthopaedic Research Society 2004; 29:0663.

Imler SM, Hunter CJ, Vanderploeg EJ, Levenston ME. Matrix biosynthesis due to exogenous stimuli differs for cartilage and fibrocartilage. Proceedings, World Congress of Biomechanics, 2002.

Imler SM, Vanderploeg EJ, Hunter CJ, Levenston ME. Static and oscillatory compression modulate protein and proteoglycan synthesis by meniscal fibrochondrocytes. Transactions of the Orthopaedic Research Society 2001; 26:0552.

Imler SM, Vanderploeg EJ, Hunter CJ, Levenston ME. Mechanical compression modulates matrix synthesis in meniscal tissue and gels. Tissue Engineering 2000; 6(6):O-181.

Professional Affiliations

SAE International

Additional Information

Additional Education Training

Practical Evidentiary Photography and Blood Detection, Documentation & Collection Techniques, Forensic Pieces, 2015

Laminated Glass: Design Considerations for Vehicle Door Systems Fast Track, SAE course, 2011

Traffic Accident Reconstruction, Northwestern University Center for Public Safety, 2008

Peer Reviewer

SAE International

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CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), 2005
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), 2001
  • B.S.M.E., Mechanical Engineering, Lehigh University, 1998, highest honors
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

    Clare Boothe Luce Fellowship

    Georgia Tech President’s Fellowship

    Medtronic Fellowship

    Iacocca Scholar

    GTE Academic All-American

    Pi Tau Sigma

    Tau Beta Pi

    Phi Beta Kappa

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Licensed Professional Engineer, Georgia, #PE036575

Licensed Professional Engineer, Alabama, #35750

Licensed Professional Engineer, Mississippi, #20378LTD

Licensed Professional Engineer, New York, #100512

Licensed Professional Engineer, Pennsylvania, # PE076461