Kevin G. McIver (Chickasaw Nation)

Doctoral Student

Field of Study

School of Mechanical Engineering


Brownsburg, IN


2019 - M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

2018 - B.S., Biomedical Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

Research Focus

Computational modeling of complex materials (biological tissue and composite materials) under high strain rate impacts and blasts. Helmet Evaluation and Manufacturing of composite helmets for sports and military protective wear. Long-term evaluation of how to prevent neurocognitive deficits due to participation in athletics or military service without documented concussions. 

Major Advisor

Dr. Eric A. Nauman, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Basic Medical Science (by courtesy), Director of Honors Programs, College of Engineering, Director of Office of Professional Practice


Cummiskey, B., Sankaran, G.N., McIver, K. G., Shyu, D., Markel, J., Talavage, T.M., Leverenz, L., Meyer, J.J., Adams, D., Nauman, E.A. Quantitative Evaluation of Impact Attenuation by Football Helmets Using a Modal Impulse Hammer. Journal of Sports Engineering and Technology. (Accepted 11 December 2018)

McIver, K. G., Sankaran, G. N, Lee, P., Bucherl, S., Leiva, N., Talavage, T.M., Leverenz, L. Nauman, E. A. Comparison of Impact Attenuation by Male and Female Lacrosse Helmets Using an Impulse Hammer. Journal of Biomechanics. (Accepted 9 August 2019)

Leiva, N., Rolley, R. J., Lee, T., McIver, K. G., Sankaran, G., Meyer, J. J., Adams, D. E, Breedlove, E., Talavage, T. M., Nauman, E. A. Evaluation of Impulse Attenuation by Football Helmets in the Frequency Domain. Journal of Biomechanical Engineering. (Accepted 17 February 2020) 

Professional Organization Membership:

Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering Diversity and Inclusion Committee

Honors, Grants, Awards and Activities:

2020 - ACM SIGHPC Computational and Data Science Fellow

2020 - GEM Full Fellow

2018 - Present, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Scholarship

2018 - Present, Graduate Assistant, FEA Curriculum Development-Honors College of Engineering at Purdue University

2018 - Present, Chickasaw Nation Higher Education Grant

2018, Cordier Fellowship, Purdue University School of Mehanical Engineering

2018, Most Outstanding Senior Design Project, Lower-Limb Extendable Affordable Pediatric Pylon






Kevin McIver

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