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Graduate School Alumni Works to Prevent Military Troop Injuries

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Dr. Kerry Ann Danelson

In 2000, Kerry Danelson, PhD, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., where she first heard about combining engineering and medicine to prevent injuries. When she left the Army in 2005, deaths from improvised explosive devices (IEDs) were peaking in Iraq.

“I came back to get a degree in Injury Biomechanics with the hope that in the future, working on military applications, we can better protect soldiers,” said Danelson. “At that time, the funding streams for my current research did not yet exist.”

Danelson, a Winston-Salem native, found the ideal program in the Virginia Tech-Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering & Sciences (SBES). After completing her doctorate in 2011, she spent time working on Army-funded research at the Blacksburg Campus and at the Army Research Lab in Aberdeen, Md., and joined the SBES faculty in a position based here (Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center).

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