Richard Greenwald

Norwich Man Named to National Academy of Inventors


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Richard Greenwald, president of Simbex, developed technology that helps reduce sports-related brain injuries.

Richard Greenwald, an adjunct professor at the Thayer School of Engineering and president and co-founder of Lebanon-based Simbex Corp, has been named a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. Greenwald was honored for his work in sports injury prevention and medical devices, including the development of technology that monitors head impacts in contact sports.

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Helmets developed by Greenwald and his team are outfitted with sensors that allow researchers to collect data on strength, number and directions of blows to the head. Back in 2011, for example, the data collected from college football teams outfitted with these helmets showed running backs and quarterbacks received the hardest hits. (Linemen and linebackers get hit in the head more often.) The data helps doctors and scientists better understand concussions—a major concern nowadays on the gridiron. 

The technology also has military applications. In 2007 Simbex was awarded an Army contract to develop a helmet to measure the shock exposure of explosive devices so that the military has a better understanding of head trauma suffered by soldiers. 

Simbex technology has applications on the football field and the battlefield.

“This honor is shared equally with my co-inventors, colleagues, and industrial partners who have helped transform the initial ideas that led to our inventions into products that are being used to solve challenging clinical problems across the population,” Greenwald says.

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