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Mr. Wheeler has worked in forensic biomechanics since 1988. Jeff’s primary area of expertise is injury biomechanics in motor vehicle, sport/recreation, and industrial/occupational accidents.
The majority of Jeff’s work over the past 15 years has involved high-speed collisions resulting in severe and fatal trauma, in particular rollover crashes. During this period Jeff has evaluated the occupant dynamics, injury mechanics, and restraint system use and effectiveness in over 400 rollovers. Mr. Wheeler spent approximately 10 years conducting research on head/neck injury biomechanics while concentrating mostly on low-speed collisions. His research included several hundred crash tests with approximately one hundred tests using live human volunteers. Currently Jeff and his colleagues continue to research head impact biomechanics and in particular concussion injury biomechanics. Mr. Wheeler’s graduate school research involved the study of knee injury biomechanics under a grant from the U.S. Olympic Committee Sports Medicine Science Committee and included working with national and international cycling teams.
Mr. Wheeler has co-authored more than 35 scientific publications and given more than a dozen presentations to professional organizations in the USA, France, Switzerland, Sweden, and New Zealand. Recognized internationally in the academic and scientific community as a leading expert in forensic biomechanics, three times Jeff and his colleagues have been finalists for international biomechanics awards. Mr. Wheeler has served as a referee (peer-review) for the International Society of Biomechanics, Accident Analysis and Prevention, and Society of Automotive Engineers. In 2010 he was appointed to the inaugural Board of Editors of the Journal of Forensic Biomechanics. Jeff has held research and teaching positions in the UCLA Department of Orthopaedics, UCLA Department of Kinesiology/Physiological Science, and Wayne State University Department of Biomedical Engineering; and guest lectured at the University of Colorado and Colorado School of Mines.
• Master of Science (M.S.) – University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
• Bachelor of Science (B.S.) – University of Connecticut (UCONN)