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Eric Kennedy

Director of Injury Prevention and Co-Scientific Director

Dr. Eric Kennedy is an Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Bucknell University, with over 16 years of experience in the field of biomechanics and injury prevention research. Eric’s research investigates the human body’s tolerance to injury with the intent to make the world around us safer. Eric and his team of research students develop both laboratory and playground field testing procedures, collect and analyze epidemiologic data, and perform technical analyses focused improving the safety and health of children.  

In addition to his injury and injury mitigation research with NPPS, Eric has investigated biomechanics and injury prevention for the US Army, the automotive industry, and Geisinger Health System. He is a member of ASTM International’s Committee F08 on Sports Equipment, Playing Surfaces, and Facilities.  

Dr. Kennedy and his students’ research have been recognized at the Stapp Car Crash Conference, the American Society of Biomechanics, the World Congress of Biomechanics, and the Biomedical Engineering Society. Prior to earning his master’s and doctorate at the Virginia Tech-Wake Forest Center for Injury Biomechanics, he has worked as a mechanical engineer for Tenneco Automotive, Pratt & Whitney, and Northrop Grumman.