Crash Safety Center continues life-saving research

Oct 1, 2013

The work of Dr. Janet Brelin-Fornari, Kettering University professor of Mechanical Engineering and director of the Crash Safety Center, supports the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) notice of proposed rulemaking on a side-impact standard for automotive infant and child safety seats. The NHTSA work is due to be released later this year.

This fall, Brelin-Fornari, among the foremost scholars in the field of vehicle crash safety, will deliver a lecture to TRW executives, explaining the new rules from NHTSA.

Thomas Klena (’88) and John Wilkerson of TRW Automotive visited campus on Sept. 23 to meet with Brelin-Fornari and Dr. Theresa Atkinson, adjunct professor of Bioengineering. TRW’s work in vehicle passenger safety draws on the research of Atkinson and Brelin-Fornari, and TRW is providing funding to the Kettering faculty in order to align their business with the most current and relevant research.

“Atkinson, Brelin-Fornari, and others at Kettering who specialize in crash safety research make Kettering an important partner for TRW,” Klena said.

Crash Safety Center continues life-saving research

Kettering’s Crash Safety Center provides Kettering students with experiential learning opportunities that prepare them to contribute to the field. TRW has 10 Kettering students employed in co-op jobs this year.

During their visit this week, TRW presented a $15,000 research-funding grant to the program. TRW also presented Kettering with a check for $2,500 towards the acquisition of a Q3s ATD crash-test dummy, specifically designed to evaluate the risk of injury to a three-year-old child involved in a side-impact collision, in June. There are only two of these dummies in the U.S. and the fully instrumented, $95,000 piece of technology would allow the Kettering faculty to provide better information to the industry and, ultimately, help to save more lives.