Dr. Jim Funk is the Scientific Coordinator of the NFL Head, Neck, and Spine Engineering Subcommittee. He has a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from Duke University, and master’s and Ph.D. degrees in biomedical engineering from the University of Virginia. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in Texas and Virginia in the fields of biomedical and mechanical engineering. Jim has been active in the field of injury biomechanics for more than 20 years. He has published over fifty peer-reviewed scientific papers in the fields of orthopaedics, biomechanics, accident reconstruction, and injury risk analysis.
While at the University of Virginia, Dr. Funk worked in the Orthopaedic Biomechanics Laboratory under the School of Medicine and the Automobile Safety Laboratory (now the Center for Applied Biomechanics) under the School of Engineering. He then left Virginia and worked for Biodynamic Research Corporation in San Antonio, Texas for 12 years, where he analyzed real world injuries resulting from vehicle collisions, falls, industrial accidents, and other mishaps. He began taking an active role in head injury research, collaborating with Virginia Tech in analyzing on-field player sensor data and conducting extensive head impact testing on crash test dummies, human volunteers, and himself. Dr. Funk returned to Charlottesville, Virginia, where he currently studies concussion and works on the projects in the Engineering Roadmap.