Julia de Lange B.Eng., M.A.Sc.

Associate, Biomechanics & Personal Injury
Direct: (416) 368-1700

Our Associates perform on-site investigations to determine origin and cause of complex losses. Their process: examine and collect evidence, take on-site photos, interview witnesses, conduct testing in our lab and analyze data to produce technical reports that are clear and concise.

 

EXPERT SUMMARY

Ms. de Lange is a Biomechanics specialist at 30 Forensic Engineering, within the Biomechanics and Personal Injury Assessment group. She is also currently a Ph.D. student investigating the fracture tolerance of the human upper extremity for behind-armour blunt trauma applications. She has injury biomechanics experience investigating the injury tolerance thresholds for the human foot/ankle complex under combined ankle rotations for vehicular collision applications.

SPECIALIZED PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCIES

  • Injury Biomechanics
  • Biomechanical Modelling of Human Movement

ACADEMIC BACKGROUND

Ph.D. Candidate, Biomedical Engineering, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, ongoing

M.A.Sc., Biomedical Engineering, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, 2019

  • M.A.Sc. Thesis: Biomechanical Tools for Assessing Foot and Ankle Injury Risk in Frontal Automotive Collisions

B.Eng., Biomedical Engineering, University of Guelph, Guelph, ON, 2016

Graduate Level Courses

McMaster University:

  • BIOMED 715 – Biomechanics of Injury and Prevention, School of Biomedical Engineering
  • BIOMED 705 – Biomedical Engineering II, School of Biomedical Engineering
  • MECHENG 717 – Current Topics in Orthopaedic Biomechanics, Mechanical Engineering Department

RESEARCH ACTIVITIES

Quantifying Injury Limits of the Forearm, Ph.D Thesis Project, Ongoing

  • Develop injury risk curves for discrete locations in the forearm for evaluating risk of behind-armour blunt trauma, conducted in partnership with Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC)
  • Based upon experimental data obtained, develop a finite element model of the upper extremity

Instrumented Boot to Detect Fracture Risk at Alternate Ankle Postures, M.A.Sc. Thesis, 2019

  • Optimized a previously developed and calibrated instrumented boot for foot injury risk prediction in frontal automotive collisions through a new calibration protocol
  • Impacted cadaver lower leg specimens to assess fracture tolerance in combined ankle postures and compare these results to forces obtained through crash test dummies under similar impact conditions, in order to develop injury risk curves and assess the biofidelity of two commonly used dummies

Employment Background

30 Forensic Engineering  
Associate – Biomechanics & Personal Injury Group
2020 – Present, Toronto, ON

  • Conducting technical investigations involving the determination of the mechanics of injury and performance of restraint systems and protective devices

Hastings, Boulding, Correia Consulting Engineers & Scientists
Biomechanics Consultant
2018, Hamilton, ON

  • Assisted with forensics cases as a biomechanics consultant to perform assessments of injury mechanisms based upon the medical documentation provided, and the circumstances in which the injuries occurred

McMaster University, Mechanical Engineering Department
Graduate Teaching Assistant
2019, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON

  • Relevant courses:
    • MECH ENG 3M03
  • Hand selected for this course to instruct mechanical engineering students from a variety of disciplines on the use of machinery equipment

McMaster University, Electrical Engineering Department
Graduate Teaching Assistant
2017–2018, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON

  • Relevant courses:
    • ENG 2MM3, Electrical Circuits and Power
    • EE 2C15, Introduction to Electrical Engineering
  • Instructed 130 second- and third-year undergraduate engineering students from a variety of disciplines on electrical circuit theory
  • Provided leadership during tutorials and office hours by guiding students through their coursework to ensure a thorough understanding of the material being instructed
  • Evaluated and graded coursework, provided constructive feedback to students, and invigilated midterms to clarify test material when required

PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES AND ASSOCIATIONS

  • International Society of Biomechanics
  • Canadian Society of Biomechanics
  • Ontario Society of Professional Engineers

VOLUNTEER / COMMITTEE PARTICIPATION

  • Engineering Graduate Society, 2017 – 2020
  • Engineering Travel Awards Selection Committee, 2017 – 2020
  • McMaster Graduate Council, 2019 – 2020
  • Women in Engineering, 2018 – 2020
  • Faculty of Engineering Council, 2019 – 2020

CONFERENCES ATTENDED / SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

  • International Research Council of Biomechanics of Injury, Florence, Italy, 2019
    • Presentation: Evaluation on the Distribution of Forces on the Foot Under Axial Impact Loading to Assess Variations Among Altered Ankle Postures between Two ATD Models
  • Ohio Injury Biomechanics Symposium, Columbus, Ohio, 2019
    • Presentation: Influence of Ankle Posture and ATD Model on the Distribution of Forces on the Foot Under Impact Loading
  • Biomedical Engineering Symposium, Hamilton, Ontario, 2019
    • Presentation: Influence of Ankle Posture and Dummy Model on the Distribution of Forces on the Foot under Impact Loading
  • Eighth World Congress of Biomechanics, Dublin, Ireland, 2018
  • It’s Time We Act, OSPE, Ottawa, Ontario, 2018
  • Canadian Bone and Joint Conference, London, Ontario, 2018
  • Biomedical Engineering Symposium, Hamilton, Ontario, 2018
  • METRIC, Hamilton, Ontario, 2017, 2018, 2019
  • Clinical Engineering Society of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario, 2017

VOLUNTEER / COMMITTEE PARTICIPATION

  • Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology, 2019 – 2020
  • Clifton W. Sherman Scholarship, 2019 – 2020
  • International Research Council on the Biomechanics of Injury Travel Grant, 2019
  • Engineering Graduate Society Travel Grant, 2019
  • McMaster University – Biomedical Engineering PhD Scholarship, 2019
  • BME Symposium Presentation Award Winner, 2019
  • Engineering Graduate Society Travel Grant, 2018
  • McMaster University – Biomedical Engineering M.A.Sc. Scholarship, 2017 – 2018

PUBLICATIONS AND ACADEMIC SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

Peer-Reviewed Research Publications

  • Acharya, I., Van Tuyl, J.T., de Lange, J., Quenneville, C.E. (2019). A Force-Sensing Insole to Quantify Impact Loading to the Foot. Journal of Biomechanical Engineering, 141(2), 024501.

Peer-Reviewed Conference Proceedings

  • de Lange, J., Quenneville, C.E. (2019). Influence of Ankle Posture and ATD Model on the Distribution of Forces on the Foot Under Impact Loading. IRCOBI Conference Proceedings (No. IRC-19-100).
  • de Lange, J., Quenneville, C.E. (2020). Investigation of the Biofidelity of the MIL-Lx Foot. IRCOBI Conference Proceedings, Under Review.
  • Steinmann, N.D., de Lange J., Quenneville, C.E. (2020). Quantification of Loading to the Upper Limb Behind a Ballistic Shield Using a Novel Modified ATD Arm. IRCOBI Conference Proceedings, Short Communication, Under Review.

Other Conference Proceedings

  • Influence of Ankle Posture and ATD Model on the Distribution of Forces on the Foot Under Impact Loading. (2019). 15th Annual Injury Biomechanics Symposium. Columbus, Ohio.

Contributions to Highly Qualified Personnel

  • Wong, Lindsey, Undergraduate Thesis (2020). Thesis Title – The effects of ankle posture on foot impact response for frontal automotive collision applications.
 

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