Barber Laboratory for Advanced Safety Engineering and Research (BLASER)


Our BLASER research includes dynamic evaluation of real-life impact events using explicit finite element analysis and physical testing. The focus of this group is crash energy management and enhancing crashworthiness on applications in automotive and sports safety. Current research includes evaluation and design of advanced energy absorbing techniques in football helmets, energy absorbing hockey boards, and development of roadside safety devices including guardrail end terminals, crash cushions, and concrete bridge rails.

Examples of current research:

  • Development of Roadside Safety Devices
  • Energy Absorbing Hockey Boards

Current Staff and Student Members

Kevin Schrum, Ph.D.
Scientist I, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Joe Schwertz
Ph.D. student in Interdisciplinary Engineering