Honorary Conference Chair
Robert C. Lange
Executive Director, Vehicle Structure and Safety Integration
General Motors Corporation
Spokesperson for the Air Bag & Seat Belt Safety Campaign
Robert C. Lange has been directing GM's traffic safety activities since 1997 and was appointed Executive Director for Safety Integration on January 2, 2001. The functional activities within this area of vehicle development are all focused upon the in-service safety performance of GM motor vehicle products and real-world customers' experiences with those products.
Lange joined General Motors in February 1994 following a 12-year career with Failure Analysis Associated (FaAA), an engineering consulting firm. A vice president of FaAA since 1985, Lange's research and consulting activities were in the field of motor vehicle safety. Prior to joining Failure Analysis Associates, Lange held a variety of design engineering positions at Ford Motor Company, principally involving chassis, steering and controls and fuel and exhaust systems.
Born on October 3, 1947 in Detroit, Lange is a lifelong resident of Southeastern Michigan and earned Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan.
Lange has written extensively concerning motor vehicle safety. His research topics included occupant restraint system design and performance, fuel system design, vehicle structures, vehicle size and safety, crash risk analysis and brake systems. He is a Board member of the Automotive Coalition for Traffic Safety (ACTS) and the National Safety Council. He is also a member of the Engineering Society of Detroit and SAE International.