Cynthia Bir

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Cynthia Bir (or "Cindy Bir"[1]) is Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California,[2] and also an Emmy-award-winning television producer.[3][4]


Bir received a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Wayne State University in 2000. She then was on the faculty of Wayne State, rising to the rank of Professor Biomedical Engineering, Before coming to Keck in 2013.,[2][3][4][5][6] in Los Angeles, CA.

Professional work[edit]

She has been a leading engineer of National Geographic's Fight Science, and is the leading engineer and a producer of its spinoff, ESPN's Sport Science.[2][6][7] She has contributed to Dancing with the Stars,[8] was included in the 2013 Amsterdam World Science Festival,[7] and helped crash a full-size Boeing 727 plane documented by the Discover Channel.[9][10]

Bir's specialty is the prevention of injury from nonlethal forces,[7] such as impact of rubber bullets and proximity to explosions.[9][10] In 2013, she joined the Keck/USC subdivision of Center for Trauma, Violence, and Injury Prevention as a professor of research.[2] She has received various scholastic[3][4][7] and secular awards including two Emmys[2][6] (one of them for her research work on Sport Science[6]). She is a member of the NATO Human Factors and Medicine panel,[7] dedicated to the furthering of human health and protection through science, technology, and exchange of information.[11]


  1. ^ Fight Science - Parkour Episode - Ryan Doyle & Daniel Ilabaca, National Geographic, April 5, 2010, retrieved September 26, 2013
  2. ^ a b c d e How She Does It: Cynthia Bir, Biomedical Engineer, Working Mother, retrieved September 26, 2013
  3. ^ a b c Dr. Cynthia Bir (WSU Profile), Wayne State University, retrieved September 26, 2013
  4. ^ a b c Cynthia Bir's WSU Homepage, Wayne State University, retrieved September 26, 2013
  5. ^ USC in the News 7/11/2013, USC Press Room, July 11, 2013, retrieved September 26, 2013
  6. ^ a b c d Cynthia Bir: One Cool Science Mom, metroparent, February 2011, retrieved September 26, 2013
  7. ^ a b c d e Participants, World Science Festival Amsterdam, October 2013, retrieved September 26, 2013
  8. ^ Wayne State bioengineer Cynthia Bir does 'Sports Science' on 'Dancing with the Stars', mLIVE, April 28, 2010, retrieved September 26, 2013
  9. ^ a b Wayne State's Cynthia Bir Helps Crash a Plane for Discovery Channel, October 7, 2012, retrieved September 26, 2013
  10. ^ a b Wayne State Prof Crashes Airplane For Science, CBS Detroit, October 1, 2012, retrieved September 26, 2013
  11. ^ Human Factors and Medicine Mission, NATO, retrieved September 26, 2013

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