By: Maureen Newman, UVC Biomedical Engineering Community Connector
David Borkholder, PhD, CTO and Founder of BlackBox Biometrics®, Inc., does not follow the status quo. When he applied for a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency(DARPA) grant in 2009 to study traumatic brain injury (TBI) at Rochester Institute of Technology, Dr. Borkholder placed his focus on measuring blast overpressure following an explosion, rather than acceleration.
“At the time, the Army had been working to measure forces associated with blast TBI using acceleration as their main focus,” explained Dr. Borkholder. “Studies concerning the mechanisms of TBI indicate blast overpressure is an important element. There is a rapid change in pressure–a shockfront–that alone can cause TBI.”