Chief, Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention & Protection Team, U.S. Army
Dr. Adrienne Madison is the Chief of the Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention and Protection Team at the U.S. Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory in Fort Rucker, Alabama. In her current role, she oversees injury biomechanics research aimed at ensuring that the helmets and helmet systems soldiers wear in military environments do not contribute to decreased mission performance or increase the risk of neck / back injuries.
Dr. Madison is a biomechanical engineer by training and was first introduced to this union of medicine and engineering through her maternal grandmother’s diabetic complications. She holds the honorable distinction of being the first graduate from University of Georgia’s newly established College of Engineering in 2013, where she earned her Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in Biological and Agricultural Engineering. Her doctoral research focused on the development of novel applications using medical imaging and computational modeling to simulate and predict the biomechanical behavior of muscle, bones, tissues, and organ systems in animals and humans. Amongst her many accolades, Dr. Madison has been honored as a UGA Amazing Student (2013) and a member of the 2019 class of UGA’s 40 under 40. Most recently, she was featured in the Centennial Anniversary edition of Georgia Magazine, the official magazine of the University of Georgia (Winter 2020).
Furthermore, Dr. Madison is passionate about opportunities and initiatives that allow her to engage and give back to the community. For almost 20 years, she has been committed to providing Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) focused mentoring to minority and underrepresented students from elementary to collegiate levels. Lastly, she uses her platform to promote health and wellness awareness within communities of color.