Theresa Atkinson

Research Interests

Computational Biomechanics and Simulation of the Human Body

MVA Occupant Injury Prevention

Orthopaedic Biomechanics and Device Design

Injury Epidemiology

Entrepreneural Mindset in Engineering Education



B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 1990

M.S. Mechanics, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 1994

PhD Mechanics, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 1998



Assistant Professor, Kettering University, Flint, MI, 2013 – Current

Visting Professor, Kettering University, Flint, MI, 2012 – 2013

Adjunct Faculty/Research Scientist, Kettering University,  Flint, MI,  2009 – 2012

Sr. Consultant,  BIOS Consulting, LLC,  Grand Blanc,  MI,  2000 – Current

Assistant Professor,  Wayne State University,  Detroit,  MI,  1998 – 2000

Release Engineer, Delphi (Harrison),  Lockport,  NY,  1990 – 1994


Research Activities

Kern Family Foundation, Creating an Engaging Technical Pitch: A Flipped Classroom Proposal, Collaborators: Joy Arbor, PhD (Kettering) and Michael Rust, PhD (WNE), 2014

McLaren Foundation, Feasibility Study for an Ankle Registry, Collaborators: Norman Walter, MD, Jeffrey Peck, MD, Osy Dubaku, MD (all from McLaren Flint), 2013

TRW, Injury Patterns in Second Row Occupants, Collaborators: Janet Brelin-Fornari (Kettering), 2013-2014

Tesla Motors, Injury Epidemiology Training, 2013


Selected Publications

Gudlur, A, Atkinson, T. 2015. Injury Patterns in Second Row Occupants in Frontal Crashes, in Review for 2015 SAE World Congress.

Atkinson, T., Zand, A,  Nowakowski, A and Navaz, H. 2014. A Comprehensive model for multi-component multi-phase transport, chemical reaction and adsorption in porous media. AICHE Journal, Vol. 60 (7): pp. 2557-2565.;

Mayor, D, Patel, S., Perry, C., Burton, S., Walter, N. and Atkinson, T.  2014. Nine year follow up of a ceramic-on-ceramic bearing total hip arthroplasty utilizing a layered monoblock acetabular component. Iowa Orthopaedic Journal. Vol. 34: pp. 78-83.


Navaz, H.K., Zand, A., Atkinson, T., Gat, A., Nowakowski, A., and S. Paikoff. 2014. Contact dynamic modeling of a liquid droplet between two approaching porous materials,” AIChE Journal. Vol 60: pp. 2346–2353.

Atkinson, T, Fras, A, Telehowski, P. 2010. The Influence of Occupant Anthropometry and Seat Position on Ejection Risk in a Rollover. Traffic Injury Prevention. Vol. 11(4): pp. 417-424.

Atkinson, T, Atkinson, P, Lower Extremity Injuries in Motor Vehicle Collisions: A Survey of NASS 1997-1999. 2003. International Journal of Vehicle Design. Vol. 32: pp 173-183.

Fisher, SR, Markel, DC, Koman, JD, Atkinson, TS. 2002. Pull-out and shear failure strengths of arthroscopic meniscal repair systems. Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc.: Vol. 10(5): pp. 294-9.

Atkinson, P, Hariharan, P, Mari-Gowda, S, Telehowski, P, Martin, S, Van Hoof, J, Bir, C, Atkinson, T. 2002. An under-hand steering wheel grasp produces significant injury risk to the upper extremity during airbag deployment. Annu Proc Assoc Adv Auto Med.. Vol. 46: pp. 45-62.

Bowker, RM, Atkinson, PJ, Atkinson, TS, Haut, RC. 2001. Effect of contact stress in bones of the distal interphalangeal joint on microscopic changes in articular cartilage and ligaments. Am J Vet Res.. Vol. 62(3): pp. 4141-24.

Atkinson, T, Atkinson, P. 2000. Knee injuries in motor vehicle collisions: A study of the National Accident Sampling System database for the years 1979-1995. Accid Anal Prev. Vol. 32(6): pp. 779-86.
Contact Information

Email:  tatkinso@kettering.edu

Phone:  (810) 762-9949

Office:  2109 Mott Bldg