Team BLAST (Blast Localization and Sensing Technology), is an undergraduate research team at the University of Maryland. Our research is devoted to studying the effects of IED (Improvised Explosive Devices) explosions on soldiers' health. Specifically, we are looking into how the brain is affected by the damaging pressure waves generated by these devices.
The United States Army has begun to implement pressure sensors in the helmets of soldiers to moniter their exposure to blasts. Our goal is to correlate the readings from these sensors to the physical damage done to soldiers' brain tissue. Our results have the potential to improve the way soldiers are treated for after traumatic incidents.