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Laura Ziegler

Laura Ziegler is the Research and Development Engineer at Southern Impact Research Center (SIRC). Her responsibilities are focused in the areas of new product design and testing, engineering support for litigation, as well as providing product risk assessment analysis. She has been involved in the development of products ranging from football shoulder pads to military helmets to children's toys. Some of her current research is focused on energy absorbing materials and developing new test methods to recreate head injury mechanisms.

Laura is a native of Nashville, Tennessee, and is a degreed engineer from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. She received her Bachelor's of Science in Engineering Science with a concentration in Biomedical Engineering in 1996 from the Mechanical, Aerospace and Engineering Science Department within the College of Engineering. She continued her graduate studies in this department and also within the Department of Health and Exercise Science focusing her research on the loadings experienced by the human knee joint in certain movements and the recruitment of muscle stabilizers around this joint. Her Masters Thesis was entitled Effects of the Hamstring Group on Knee Joint Stress During Jump Landings. After receiving her Masters of Science in Engineering Science with a concentration in Biomedical Engineering in 1998, Laura went to work for National Seating Company, in Vonore, Tennessee, as a Comfort Engineer. Laura was in charge of directing and conducting seating research as well as implementing new seating designs and devices for the heavy truck and bus industry.

Some of Laura's prior work experience has also included internships during college at Environmental Resources Management, Inc, an environmental consulting firm located in Brentwood, Tennessee, and as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville teaching freshmen engineering courses.

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