Helmet Lab Faculty

Steve Rowson, PhD

Steve Rowson, PhD

Helmet Lab Director

Steve Rowson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics at Virginia Tech.  Steve’s research interests include injury and impact biomechanics, concussion, protective design, skull fracture, and safety evaluation systems. Steve hails from Southern New Jersey, enjoys eating Philly cheesesteaks, and is a mediocre crossfitter. Contact Steve at rowson@vt.edu

Stefan Duma, PhD

Stefan Duma, PhD

ICTAS Director

Stefan Duma is the Interim Executive Director of the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science, and is a Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics at Virginia Tech. Stefan has led a wide range of injury biomechanics research in automotive, military, and sports applications. Stefan was the founding Director of the Center for Injury Biomechanics and previously Department Head of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics and Virginia Tech. Contact Stefan at duma@vt.edu

Bethany Rowson, DVM, PhD

Bethany Rowson, DVM, PhD

Research Assistant Professor

Bethany Rowson is a Research Assistant Professor in the Helmet Lab.  She received her DVM from Virginia Tech in 2015, and her PhD also from Virginia Tech in 2016.  Her dissertation research focused on brain injury criteria and their application to laboratory evaluation of headgear, including development of the Hockey STAR methodology.  Before coming to Blacksburg, she earned her BS from the University of Rochester. Contact Bethany at browson@vt.edu

Abi Tyson, MS

Abi Tyson, MS

Outreach Coordinator and Research Engineer

Abi Tyson is a Research Associate in the Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics Department. Her work in the Helmet Lab includes testing facilitation along with leading K-12 outreach efforts. Abi received her Master’s in Biomedical Engineering in 2015 and her Bachelor’s of Science in Engineering Science and Mechanics in 2014, both from Virginia Tech. When not at work, she enjoys traveling, spending time outdoors, and being with family. Contact Abi at amtyson@vt.edu

Craig McNally

Craig McNally

Research Engineer

Craig McNally graduated in 2003 with a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech.  He has since worked in the Center for Injury Biomechanics, where he designs and fabricates test devices, programs and operates the crash sled, and assists testing.  His machining and welding skills had been developed while employed with a machine shop through school.  Personal activities, such as competing in the World Championship Punkin Chunkin Competition and alternative energy ventures, shield Craig from mainstream conventionality, fueling his innovative design process. Contact Craig at cmcnally@vt.edu

Helmet Lab Graduate Students

Megan Bland

Megan Bland

Graduate Research Engineer

Megan is a Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics PhD student researching the ability of bicycle helmets to mitigate risk of concussion and other head injuries in real-world impact scenarios. Before coming to Virginia Tech in 2015, Megan earned a BS in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Megan’s hometown is State College, PA, and her favorite hobbies include volleyball, hiking, and spending time with friends. Contact Megan at mbland27@vt.edu

Eamon Campolettano

Eamon Campolettano

Graduate Research Engineer

Eamon is a PhD student investigating head impact exposure in youth football. Before VT, Eamon earned his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Lafayette College. An avid sports fan, he coaches local youth basketball and baseball teams in his free time, in addition to organizing the department’s intramural teams. Contact Eamon at eamonc@vt.edu

Ryan Gellner

Ryan Gellner

Graduate Research Engineer

Ryan Gellner is a master student studying the biomechanical basis for mTBI in pediatric populations. Before coming to Virginia Tech, he earned a BS in mechanical engineering from West Virginia University. Originally from Glen Dale, West Virginia, Ryan enjoys being outdoors in all seasons, is an avid Pittsburgh Penguins fan, and is interested in leading an entrepreneurial endeavor after graduating from Virginia Tech. Contact Ryan at gryan3@vt.edu

David Sproule

David Sproule

Graduate Research Engineer

David Sproule is a Masters student studying the laboratory testing of youth football helmets. Before attending Virginia Tech he earned BS degrees in Biomedical Engineering and Exercise Science from Michigan Technological University. David is from Houghton, Michigan and has spent time as an equipment manager for the Michigan Tech football team and the USA Sled Hockey team.  In his spare time David enjoys hockey, golf, and mountain biking. Contact David at dsproule@vt.edu

Helmet Lab Undergraduate Students

Mark Alley

Mark Alley

Undergraduate Researcher

ME ’17

Tessa Reiber

Tessa Reiber

Undergraduate Researcher

BSE ’17

Ty Morris

Ty Morris

Undergraduate Researcher

ME ’17

Andy Polcari

Andy Polcari

Undergraduate Researcher

HNFE ’17