Joseph B. Washington

Consultant / Ph.D. / Baltimore


Dr. Washington received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. His upper-level course work focused on biomechanics, biomaterials, and solid mechanics. His research focused on understanding the fundamental mechanisms of material behavior of biomaterials and understanding the structural functional changes in human arteries that occur as a result of aging or disease. His primary areas of consulting expertise include injury consistency biomechanics, vehicle accident reconstruction, and medical device failures.

Dr. Washington utilizes biomechanical knowledge and accident reconstruction principles to analyze cases involving low-, moderate-, and high-speed vehicle collisions. He also performs occupant motion studies to determine injury potential/consistency and uses both computer and physical models to reconstruct vehicle accidents and measure the load and injury levels.

Prior to joining Rimkus, Dr. Washington taught engineering courses at the University of Maryland Baltimore County and the Community College of Baltimore County. His prior teaching and research experience include aspects of orthopedic biomechanics, cardiovascular solid mechanics, biomaterials, and solid mechanics. His key achievement was developing a fatigue damage model of arterial elastin to examine the changes in mechanical response as a result of aging and disease.


• Mechanical Engineering, B.S.: University of Maryland Baltimore County
• Mechanical Engineering; Biomedical Engineering minor, M.S.: University of Minnesota Twin Cities
• Mechanical Engineering, Ph.D.: University of Maryland Baltimore County
• Honors and Awards: UMBC Graduate School Dissertation Fellowship, GAANN Fellowship, Robert & Jane Meyerhoff Graduate Fellowship, National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science (GEM) Fellowship, Robert and Jane Meyerhoff Scholarship