Lillian Chatham, MSME - Biomechanics / Forensic Consultant
Growing up in Colorado, Lillian was involved in as many activities as possible from dominating at volleyball and basketball to hiking and rafting in the Rocky Mountains. She even took on tennis in high school as a new challenge, though nothing surpassed her love of volleyball that she still plays competitively to this day. Lillian remains active and loves any excuse to get up to the mountains or take a weekend trip to explore a new place.
At the University of Colorado Denver, she pursued and received both a Bachelor’s and Master’s in mechanical engineering. She was selected for the Outstanding Student Award upon both graduations and was active in the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honors Society, Society of Women Engineers, and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
Lillian focused her studies on biomechanics during her graduate degree due to her passion to be in a field that improves the health and well-being of others. Her research was in the area of spine implants for the optimization of lumbar spine fusion due to degenerative disc disease. Specifically, her Master’s thesis evaluated intervertebral stresses through finite element modeling of lumbar interbody fusion. Her research has been published in the Journal of Biomechanical Engineering.
Working as a science fellow in middle schools, Lillian designed and implemented research lessons to help enhance science curriculum. She also worked as an engineering projects instructor for high school students, engineering tutor, and undergraduate materials laboratory instructor. Throughout all these positions, she learned to teach and communicate with a wide variety of audiences.
In spring of 2017, she joined Ponderosa Associates, where she evaluates injuries in various accidents and performs biomechanical analyses to determine causation. She also shares her time with a startup company that focuses on developing dissipative materials for protective equipment such as helmet liners to reduce concussions/TBIs. Her expertise in head injury criteria and threshold overlaps well with her work leading helmet impact testing.
- Forensic injury biomechanics
- Head and helmet impacts
- Brain injuries
- Spine anatomy and injuries
- Spinal fusion surgery
- 3D anatomical modeling
Education & Accreditation
- M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado Denver, 2014
- Thesis on evaluation of intervertebral stresses through finite element modeling of lumbar interbody fusion
- B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado Denver, 2012
- Injuries, Anatomy, Biomechanics & Federal Regulation Training, 2017
- Journal of Biomechanical Engineering Publication: Interbody Spacer Material Properties and Design Conformity for Reducing Subsidence During Lumbar Interbody Fusion, 2017
For inquiries, please email Lillian.