Welcome to Season 4 Episode 16
From a young age Tom was always wondering why. He wanted to know how things worked and would be taking things apart and putting them back together. This lead to an interest in science and really into problem solving. And he liked the idea that engineering was applied science.
His dad also had an influence on him. His dad was a periodontist – you know, doing teeth implants and such. His dad was running a conference and asked Tom to be the tech support. This conference really opened his eyes up the real work his dad was doing. The merging of materials with the human body.
Now, all this coupled with a self-confessed sci-fi fan….
my observation of them was that they could do anything that they wanted
Extra discussions during the episode
Future: Engineering in the health sector is going to explode
the number of different health areas that engineers are going to be working on will continue to grow
Advice: Be curious
don’t be satisfied with the current solution to things
Crash Test Dummies!
It’s really decades of research going into each body part
Colonel Strapp – an engineer who did a lot of pioneering work on the effects of deceleration on the human body.
He was willing to put his body on the line to answer these questions that needed answering
About Dr Tom Whyte
Tom is an injury biomechanics engineer with specific expertise in the mechanical impact response and tolerance of the human body, the design and testing of injury protective systems and motor vehicle crash investigation.
He is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at Neuroscience Research Australia and Deputy Director of the Transurban Road Safety Centre where he leads road safety projects using a state-of-the-art crash test sled.
Prior to this, he spent two years at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada working on defining the tissue mechanics and tolerance of the brain and spine as well as designing and testing helmets for preventing injury.
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