About Elemance

Elemance’s vision is to protect and improve human life by providing virtual human body model based tools and expertise to enable truly human centered design.  Incorporated in 2014,  Elemance is the exclusive distributor of the GHBMC models, to both commercial and academic users. We license the complete family of human body models, encompassing both male and female, a range of postures, and varying levels of complexity. In addition to licensing, Elemance provides comprehensive maintenance, enhancement and support of licensed models, as well as consulting services related to biomechanics, injury biomechanics, and other human modeling applications.

Dr. Joel Stitzel

Dr. Joel Stitzel

CEO, Co-Founder

Joe Stitzel

Joel Stitzel, PhD

CEO and Joint Founder

Dr. Stitzel has worked in Injury Biomechanics for 18 years. He received a BS in Engineering Science and Mechanics from Virginia Tech, an MS in Biomedical Engineering from the Medical College of Virginia, and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech in 2003.  Dr. Stitzel’s expertise is in the prediction, mitigation, and prevention of trauma in automotive, sports, and military applications and has published over 145 peer-reviewed journal articles relating to injury biomechanics. He is currently Chair of Wake Forest University School of Medicine’s Biomedical Engineering Department and the Associate Head of the VT-WFU School of Biomedical Engineering. Dr. Stitzel serves as the President of the AAAM (Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine). He is the engineering Co-PI of the Wake Forest – Virginia Tech Crash Injury Research and Engineering Network (CIREN) center, and was the founding PI and now co-PI of the Global Human Body Models Consortium (GHBMC) Integration Center.

Dr. Scott Gayzik

Dr. Scott Gayzik

CTO, Co-Founder

Scott Gayzik

Scott Gayzik, PhD

CTO and Joint Founder
Dr. Gayzik earned his BS and MS from Virginia Tech and his PhD from Wake Forest University in Biomedical Engineering in 2008. His dissertation work focused on the development of a computationally based injury metric for pulmonary contusion. His interests span multiple areas in injury biomechanics including morphometrics, the development of physical surrogates, and applications in bioheat transfer. Dr. Gayzik is currently an associate professor at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine and the Virginia Tech -Wake Forest Center for Injury Biomechanics. He is the technical lead of the Full Body Models Center of Expertise of the GHBMC. Dr. Gayzik currently serves on the scientific review committee for the International Research Council on the Biomechanics of Injury (IRCOBI). He has published extensively in the field, and his work has been recognized for excellence at the Stapp Car Crash Conference, and the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine.
Dr. Matthew Davis

Dr. Matthew Davis

VP of Technology & Development

Matthew Davis

Matthew L. Davis, PhD

VP of Technology and Development
Dr. Davis earned his BS in Biomedical Engineering from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  He earned his MS and PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the Virginia Tech-Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering.  During his time at VT-WFU, Dr. Davis was a member of the Full Body Models Center of Expertise of the GHBMC, an industry-sponsored and government supported effort to develop a suite of industry-standard FE human body models for crash injury prediction and prevention.  He has also supported several DoD sponsored initiatives related to human body modeling and their application in the military arena.  His dissertation work was focused on the development of a human body FE model of a small female.  His interests span multiple areas in injury biomechanics including the development of computational human body models.
Dr. Berkan Guleyupoglu

Dr. Berkan Guleyupoglu

Senior Engineer

Derek Jones

Berkan Guleyupoglu, PhD

Senior Engineer

Dr. Guleyupoglu earned his BE in Biomedical Engineering from Stony Brook University, MS in Biomedical Engineering from The City College of New York and his PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the Virginia Tech-Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering. During his time at VT-WFU, Dr. Guleyupoglu was a member of the Full Body Models Center of Expertise of the GHBMC, an industry-sponsored and government supported effort to develop a suite of industry-standard FE human body models for crash injury prediction and prevention. He also supported an Army Research Lab sponsored initiative related to capturing human variability in a military-relevant population and development of human body models for the Operational Requirement-based Casualty Assessment system. His dissertation work was focused on the reduction of computational costs related to the assessment of active safety systems with detailed human body models.

Derek Jones

Derek Jones

Research Engineer

Derek Jones

Derek Jones, MS

Engineer

Derek earned his B.S from Virginia Tech in 2014 and  M.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Wake Forest in 2016. His research work has been extensive in the field of Finite Element motor vehicle crash reconstruction and injury prediction. Derek has project experience in the areas of  sports modeling, aerospace and military applications.

Elizabeth Carlson

Elizabeth Carlson

Project Manager

Elizabeth Carlson

Elizabeth Carlson, MS

Project Manager

Elizabeth earned her BS in Mathematics from UNC Charlotte and her MS in Engineering Management from Old Dominion University and has been with Elemance since 2016. She has experience leading engineering projects for military customers. Elizabeth has a technical background in weapons analysis in simulations and developing target vulnerability models.

Sarah Stitzel

Sarah Stitzel

Sales & Licensing Manager

Sarah Stitzel

Sarah Stitzel, MS

Sales & Licensing Manager/Engineer

Sarah earned her B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech in 1999 and 2000 and has been at Elemance since 2014. Her masters research focused on computational simulations of gas turbine engine flow fields. She has experience with finite element modeling in support of NASA aerospace and military projects.

About the GHBMC

A single global effort to advance crash safety technology

Founded in April 2006, the Global Human Body Models Consortium (GHBMC) is an international consortium of 10 automakers and suppliers working to advance human body modeling technologies for crash simulations. The unique objective of the GHBMC is to consolidate world-wide research and development activities in human body modeling into a single global effort to advance crash safety technologies.

Currently, the GHBMC series of human models consists of 13 models representing both detailed and simplified versions of the small female, average male, and large male in occupant and pedestrian postures, representing over 8 million dollars of industry investment over the past decade, with robust funding support for development expected to continue.

General Motors
Honda
Hyundai
Renault
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
Nissan
PSA Groupe
Joyson Safety Systems

What We Can Do For You

Partner in modeling and simulation

See The Models

The virtual human body model is a Finite Element (FE) computational model of the human body designed to replicate its biomechanics and kinematics in a variety of scenarios. Elemance offers an array of models including occupant, pedestrian, detailed and simplified versions.

Explore Our Services

Elemance provides licensing of the GHBMC family of human models along with numerous services including maintenance, enhancement and support of our licensed models, and consulting services related to biomechanics, injury biomechanics, and other human modeling applications.

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Elemance strives to provide truly human-centered design solutions to enhance the protection and quality of life.