Ms. McCartney is a Biomechanist specializing in understanding human responses, injury mechanisms, and human tolerances to a range of impact events. Her experiences also combine an understanding of common injury risk metrics and laboratory test methods used in transportation safety research.
Ms. McCartney received a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Rochester and a Master of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering from Virginia Tech. At Virginia Tech, her research focused on head injury biomechanics, including the evaluation of industrial safety helmets’ ability to reduce injury during falls and the development of a new lab-based protocol for evaluating racing helmets. She also researched head kinematics and eye tracking as a clinical measure in athletes with high levels of head impact exposure.