Reuben Kraft, Ph.D.


Google Scholar Profile

CV (Long)

Reuben Kraft joined the faculty of The Pennsylvania State University in August of 2013 following four years at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory and one year at The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. While at the Army Research Laboratory, he led efforts to create a Computational Injury Biomechanics Group and led research on several research projects within this area. For his efforts in computational mechanics at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, Dr. Kraft was awarded the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) in 2011. Dr. Kraft accepted the award from President Obama at The White House. From 2012-2013, Dr. Kraft served as the “Lead Researcher of Computational Biomechanics” at The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL). At Penn State, Dr. Kraft is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering (he was selected as the inaugural Shuman Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering with the term of 2013-2016). He also holds a courtesy appointment in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. He is a co-hire in the Institute of CyberScience and is affiliated with Institute of the Neurosciences and Center for Neural Engineering. Dr. Kraft’s research interests are in the related areas of multiphysics and multiscale computational mechanics, problems at the interface of biology and mechanics, and understanding the biomechanics of humans in extreme environments. His work in each of these areas has primarily involved computer modeling along with some experimental investigations.