Steve Rundell, Ph.D., P.E.

Rundell.jpg

Since 2005, Dr. Rundell has investigated hundreds of accidents involving passenger vehicles, commercial vehicles, construction sites and equipment, recreational vehicles, medical device failure, infant head injury, and slips/trips and falls. Currently, Dr. Rundell performs research related to the mechanical causation of spinal disc herniations, skull fractures, failure of total or artificial intervertebral disc replacements, lower extremity forces generated during rear-end automobile collisions, and the likelihood of sustaining closed-head injury during a rear-end collision. His areas of expertise include collision reconstruction, biomechanical analysis, and mechanical failure analysis.  He holds a B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University and a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Drexel University.

Dr. Rundell has performed extensive research in the area of impact biomechanics at Michigan State University's Orthopaedic Biomechanics Laboratories. This research was conducted under a joint appointment with the College of Engineering and the School of Osteopathic Medicine.  Specifically, his research involved experiments to determine the response of soft tissues to blunt impact trauma in addition to gait analysis and footwear performance testing.

As a doctoral candidate in biomedical engineering at Drexel University, Dr. Rundell's primary focus was on spine biomechanics and failure analysis. He developed, verified, and validated biomechanical computer models of the lumbar and cervical spines. These computer models were used in concert with retrieved spinal implants to improve the scientific community’s understanding of spinal biomechanics and implant performance. The results from this work have been presented to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to improve their understanding of spinal biomechanics, and is also being utilized in the development of a state-of-the-art engineering and test standard with the American Society of Testing Materials (ASTM).