Christopher P. Eckersley

Christopher P. Eckersley, Ph.D., P.E.

Senior Staff Consultant

Dr. Christopher Eckersley is a biomedical and mechanical engineer at ESi with related expertise in traumatic brain injury (mTBI, concussion, and severe traumatic brain injury), injury analysis, neck injury, and the evaluation of use and non-use of personal safety equipment. His projects span a range of areas, including motor vehicle accidents, slip-and-falls, pediatric injuries, and product liability claims. He also has specialized expertise in blast injury and blast biomechanics, and has analyzed blast injuries in both military and civilian environments.

Prior to joining ESi, Dr. Eckersley earned a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Duke University where he worked in the Injury Biomechanics Laboratory. For his dissertation research, Dr. Eckersley investigated traumatic brain injury in both blunt impact and blast environments. He has also conducted extensive research into areas such as cervical spine injury due to head supported mass, personal protective equipment effectiveness in blunt impact and blast loading environments, and environmental influences on blunt impact head kinematics.

Dr. Eckersley has presented his engineering research at international conferences, and is published in peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Biomechanical Engineering and the Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport



  • Using Wavelet Analysis to Distinguish Cavitation Acoustic Emissions from Bunt Impact Noise, Journal of Biomechanical Engineering, January 2021
  • Primary Blast Wave Protection in Combat Helmet Design: A Historical Comparison Between Present Day and World War I, PLOS One, Vol. 15(2), January 2020
  • The Role of Cervical Muscles in Mitigating Concussion, Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, Vol. 22(6), January 2019
  • Comparing Foul Tip Impact Attenuation of Baseball Catcher Masks Using Head Impact Metrics, PLOS One, Vol. 13(6), January 2018
  • Acoustic Detection of Blunt Induced Cavitation in the Head, International Research Council on Biomechanics of Injury Proceedings 2020, January 2020
  • Behind Armor Blunt Trauma (BABT) Indentor Simulating High-Velocity Impacts from Rifle Rounds on Hard Body Armor, Personal Armour Systems Symposium 2020 Proceedings, January 2020
  • High-Rate Viscoelastic Shear Model of Porcine Skin, Lung and Liver Tissue, International Research Council on Biomechanics of Injury Proceedings 2019, January 2019
  • A Real Pain in the Neck: Design Limits on Magnitude and Location of Head Supported Mass, Personal Armour Systems Symposium 2018 Proceedings, January 2018
  • Men and Women and Helmets and Necks, Personal Armour Systems Symposium 2018 Proceedings, January 2018
  • The Lessons of History: Helmets and Primary Blast, Personal Armour Systems Symposium 2018 Proceedings, January 2018
  • See CV for further publications

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