Mireille E. Kelley

Mireille E. Kelley, Ph.D.

Staff Consultant

Dr. Mireille Kelley, Ph.D. is a Staff Consultant for Engineering Systems Inc. (ESi). Dr. Kelley specializes in biomechanical and injury analysis. She has experience in experimental design and data collection, statistical analysis, and computational modelling. Prior to joining ESi, Dr. Kelley earned a doctorate from the Virginia Tech – Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences and was a member of Wake Forest's Center for Injury Biomechanics where she researched head impacts and concussion injury mechanisms in youth football athletes. She also conducted research as part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Crash Injury Research and Engineering Network (CIREN) and investigated the causation of injuries resulting from motor vehicle collisions. This experience provided Dr. Kelley with a unique skillset involving the inquiry and analysis of national motor vehicle crash and injury databases. She also studied how injury patterns and injury risk change depending on variables such as crash severity and pre-crash positioning using real-world motor vehicle collision cases and finite element model reconstructions. Dr. Kelley is published in peer-reviewed scientific journals including: Journal of Neurotrauma, Accident Analysis & Prevention, Traffic Injury Prevention, and Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics.


  • Evaluation of Head Impact Exposure Measured from Youth Football Game Plays, Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics, January 2019
  • Evaluation of Brain Response During Head Impact in Youth Athletes Using an Anatomically Accurate Finite Element Model, Journal of Neurotrauma., January 2019
  • In-Season Variations in Head Impact Exposure in Youth Football, Journal of Neurotrauma, January 2019
  • Associations between Upper Extremity Injury Patterns in Side Impact Motor Vehicle Collisions with Occupant and Crash Characteristics, Accident, Analysis, & Prevention, January 2019
  • Comparison of Head Impact Exposure in Practice Drills among Multiple Youth Football Teams, Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics, December 2018
  • Head Impact Exposure in Practices Correlates with Exposure in Games for Youth Football Players, Journal of Applied Biomechanics, October 2018
  • Numerical Investigation of Driver Lower Extremity Injuries in Finite Element Frontal Crash Reconstruction, Traffic Injury Prevention, February 2018
  • Head Impact Exposure Measured in a Single Youth Football Team During Practice Drills, Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics, November 2017
  • Head Impact Exposure in Youth Football: Comparing Age- and Weight-Based Levels of Play, Journal of Neurotrauma, January 2017
  • Lumbar Vertebrae Fracture Injury Risk in Finite Element Reconstruction of CIREN and NASS Frontal Motor Vehicle Crashes, Traffic Injury Prevention, September 2016
  • See CV for further publications

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