Stephanie Pasquesi
Stephanie A. Pasquesi, Ph.D.
Associate
Biomechanics
Philadelphia

Dr. Pasquesi has a large breadth of experience in translational biomechanics research, applying laboratory studies to clinical observations and applications. She has a background in both bioengineering and mechanical engineering, with expertise in human injury biomechanics and kinematics. Dr. Pasquesi specializes in traumatic brain injury including concussion and pediatric abusive head trauma. At Exponent, Dr. Pasquesi evaluates injury mechanisms and injury potential in consumer products-related incidents, recreational and motor vehicle accidents, and a variety of other injury scenarios. She also has experience in design and development of medical devices including orthopedic implants and surgical instruments.

Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Pasquesi was a research assistant in the Injury Biomechanics Laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania. Her doctoral research focused on evaluating injury risk during episodes of vigorous shaking in the infant. Specifically, Dr. Pasquesi investigated the potential for parasagittal bridging vein rupture due to shaking, employing an integrated approach of animal and pediatric cadaveric tissue mechanical testing, in situ and in vivo animal injury models, anthropomorphic test dummy experiments, and computational finite element modeling to identify possible mechanisms for extra-axial hemorrhage (subdural and subarachnoid hematomas). During her graduate studies, Dr. Pasquesi was awarded a fellowship from the American Heart Association and co-authored an NIH-funded small project grant.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Bioengineering, University of Pennsylvania, 2016
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2009,

    with honors

  • American Heart Association Pre-Doctoral Fellowship

    Tau Beta Pi Honor Society

    Pi Tau Sigma Honor Society

    State of Illinois General Assembly Scholarship

LANGUAGES

  • French

Publications

Pasquesi SA and Margulies SS. Failure and Fatigue Properties of Immature Human and Porcine Parasagittal Bridging Veins. Annals of Biomedical Engineering 2017; 45(8): 1877-1889.

Pasquesi SA, Liu Y, and Margulies SS. Repeated Loading Behavior of Pediatric Porcine Common Carotid Arteries. Journal of Biomechanical Engineering, 2016; 138(12).

Pasquesi SA, Can Vigorous Shaking Cause Extra-Axial Hemorrhage in Newborns? A Detailed Human and Porcine Study. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pennsylvania, 2016.

Presentations

Pasquesi SA and Margulies SS. Implications for Abusive Head Trauma: Bridging Vein Fatigue with Cyclic Loading and Failure Properties. Poster presentation, National Neurotrauma Society Annual Meeting, Lexington, KY, June 2016.

Pasquesi SA and Margulies SS. Rate-Independent and Fatigue Behavior of Porcine Common Carotid Arteries. CNS Injury Conference, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, April 2015.

Pasquesi SA and Margulies SS. Effect of Strain Rate and Cryopreservation Conditions on Elastic Modulus of Veins. Poster presentation, Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA, September 2013.

Bradfield C, Sullivan S, Pasquesi S, Margulies SS. Stiffness of infant and toddler age porcine brain tissue subjected to high rotational velocities. 12th U.S. National Congress on Computational Mechanics, Raleigh, NC, July 2013.

Prior Experience

Research and Development Engineer, MedShape, Inc., May 2008 - August 2009

Research and Development Engineer, Cardinal Health Inc. – V. Mueller Products and Services, May 2007 - August 2007

Professional Affiliations

Biomedical Engineering Society (member)

Alpha Omega Epsilon (Current: member; Prior: International Executive Board Vice President 2013-2015)

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Bioengineering, University of Pennsylvania, 2016
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2009,

    with honors

  • American Heart Association Pre-Doctoral Fellowship

    Tau Beta Pi Honor Society

    Pi Tau Sigma Honor Society

    State of Illinois General Assembly Scholarship

LANGUAGES

  • French