Amber Rath Stern

Amber Rath Stern, Ph.D., P.E.

Senior Managing Consultant

Practice Group Director

Biomechanics Practice Group

Dr. Amber Rath Stern specializes in the fields of biomechanical analysis and mechanical engineering. She also has extensive experience in computational modeling, mechanical testing, inquiry and analysis of national motor vehicle injury and vehicle crash databases, and experimental design. Prior to joining ESi, Dr. Stern conducted research concerning eye injury mechanics and the biomechanics of bone as an Assistant Professor at the University of Missouri - Kansas City. As a Research Engineer at Southwest Research Institute and a Graduate Assistant at Virginia Tech and Wake Forest's Center for Injury Biomechanics, she conducted a wide range of research in the fields of human injury tolerance, crash testing, and injury causation. While a Postdoctoral Fellow at the world-renowned Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, Dr. Stern developed bioreactors and studied how cells and tissues respond to applied mechanical loads.

At ESi, Dr. Stern applies her expertise to a wide range of investigative scenarios, including accident reconstruction, slips, trips, and falls, product liability claims, workers’ compensation claims, premises liability claims, injury causation, and motor vehicle injury analysis, including restraints, ejection, and occupant kinematics. Dr. Stern has also been involved in the development and validation phases of several consumer and commercial products, and continues to collaborate with several universities on research funded by the National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Stern has received numerous national and international honors and awards, including the American Society of Biomechanics' Young Scientist Post-Doctoral Award and the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research Young Investigator Award. She regularly publishes in scientific journals and presents at conferences, with well over 100 articles, abstracts, and presentations to her name. Dr. Stern is an adjunct faculty member of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte as well as at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She also serves as a reviewer for several international journals and conferences.


  • Analysis of an Unexpected Impact to the Crown of the Head, XXVIIIth Annual International Occupational Ergonomics and Safety Conference, June 2016
  • Methods of Accident Reconstruction: Biomechanical and Human Factors Considerations, Proceedings of the AMSE 2015 International Mechanical Engineering Conference and Exposition, November 2015
  • Transduction of Strain to Cells Seeded onto Scaffolds Exposed to Uni-Axial Stretching: A Three Dimensional Finite Element Study, Journal of Mechanics in Medicine and Biology, January 2012
  • The Isolation and Culture of Primary Osteocytes from the Long Bones of Skeletally Mature and Aged Mice, BioTechniques, September 2011
  • Paintball Trauma and Mechanisms of Optic Nerve Injury: Rotational Avulsion and Rebound Evulsion, Investigative Opthalmology & Visual Science, January 2011
  • Numerical Modeling of Paintball Impact Ocular Trauma: Identification of Progressive Injury Mechanisms, Investigative Opthalmology & Visual Science, January 2011
  • Design, Development, and Analysis of a Surrogate for Pulmonary Injury Prediction, Annals of Biomedical Engineering, January 2011
  • The Effects of Depowered Airbags on Skin Injuries in Frontal Automobile Crashes, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, January 2005
  • Severe Upper Extremity Injuries in Frontal Automobile Crashes: The Effects of Depowered Airbags, The American Journal of Emergency Medicine, January 2005
  • Analysis of Burn Injuries in Frontal Automobile Crashes, The Journal of Burn Care & Rehabilitation, January 2004
  • See CV for further publications

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