Personnel Detail

Stefan Duma
  • Director, Institute for Critical Technologies and Applied Science
  • Harry Wyatt Professor, College of Engineering
  • Member, Stakeholders Committee


Dept of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics (MC 0298)
313 Kelly Hall
325 Stanger Street
Blacksburg, VA 24061


Stefan Duma, the Harry Wyatt Professor of Engineering, serves as the director of the Virginia Tech Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science (ICTAS). ICTAS’ main mission is to promote interdisciplinary collaboration between the College of Engineering and the College of Science.

Duma graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. He went to the University of Cincinnati to continue his education and earned his master’s degree in industrial engineering in 1996. In 2000, he graduated from the University of Virginia with a doctoral degree in mechanical engineering.

Duma started at Virginia Tech in the mechanical engineering department in 2000. According to Duma, he was involved in auto safety research and founded a lab based on injury biomechanics. The lab later became the helmet research lab.  Duma and his research team evaluate helmets that are used in different sports and release helmet rating systems based on the helmet’s ability to prevent head injury for the athlete. He and his team have received national recognition for their work.

Duma became the department head of biomedical engineering after a few years, and then served as the interim director of ICTAS for two years. In January 2018, he was named as the director of ICTAS.