Deborah M. Freund (Chair)
Senior Transportation Specialist and National Technical Expert for Vehicle Research
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)
Deborah M. (Debbie) Freund is a Senior Transportation Specialist and National Technical Expert for Vehicle Research with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), Washington, DC. She has nearly 30 years of experience in highway infrastructure and commercial motor vehicle safety research and operations, 20 of them focusing on motor carrier, driver, and commercial vehicle safety, in the Federal Highway Administration and FMCSA. Ms. Freund has been responsible for the development of more than 35 regulatory actions on the safety of commercial vehicle parts and accessories, driver hours-of-service, and motor carrier operations and compliance assurance activities. She has also developed and managed major research studies on driver fatigue and alertness and on testing and evaluating new applications for vehicle sensor and network communications technologies.
Ms. Freund received her Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and Master of Science, Transportation and Urban Systems, from Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri.
She is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Texas. A member of SAE International for nearly 20 years, Ms. Freund received the Forest R. McFarland Award in 2003. In 2007, she was the Technical Chair for the Commercial Vehicle Congress and presented that year's Buckendale Lecture. Ms Freund also is a Fellow of the Institute of Transportation Engineers, a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and three Transportation Research Board Committees, and an Associate Member of Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (Retired)
John retired from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in 2010. His final government appointment was to the Senior Executive Service. Mr. Hinch has about 35 years of traffic and highway safety related vehicle research. Since retirement, John has supported SAE activities related to event data recorders.
During Mr. Hinch's last two appointments, he over saw the Agency's crashworthiness and biomechanics research programs; NHTSA's human factors research, including the National Advanced Driving Simulator; NHTSA's participation in DOT's Intelligent Transportation System program; and conducted research on many advanced vehicle technologies.
Prior to those positions, John served as engineering policy advisor to the Senior Associate Administrator for Vehicle Safety and the Associate Administrator for Research and Development. John led several cross NHTSA teams and was the Agency's focal point for event data recorders (EDR). His recent activities in the area include the notices and final rules on EDRs, participation in National and International standards groups, publishing several technical papers, and most recently, he has edited a book on EDRs, published by SAE. John has worked in NHTSA's Office of Defects Investigation as a special assistant to the Director and a defects engineer.
Prior to joining NHTSA, John worked for ENSCO, a research firm in the Washington DC area. There he managed the company's vehicle and highway research programs and was responsible for operations of their full-scale vehicle test facility. While at ENSCO, John designed, built, and operated the Federal Outdoor Impact Laboratory for the FHWA. John served in the USMC and graduated from the University of Michigan, College of Engineering. John and his wife Carolyn have two grown children.
KEVA Engineering, LLC
Mr. Steiner is a Principle Scientist with KEVA Engineering, LLC in Camarillo, California. He received his Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering from California State University, Long Beach. Since 1999, Mr. Steiner has been engaged full time in the analysis and reconstruction of passenger and commercial vehicle crashes. Mr. Steiner's research interests have led to his involvement in the forefront of Event Data Recorders (EDR) and accident reconstruction technologies and methodologies. Mr. Steiner is an active, participating member of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), the International Standards Organization (ISO), and the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine (AAAM). Mr. Steiner is currently serving as Chairman of the SAE J2728 Heavy Vehicle Event Data Recorder (HVEDR) Committee. Mr. Steiner is also an SAE continuing education instructor teaching the Accessing and Interpreting Heavy Vehicle Event Data Recorders Workshop.
Mechanical Engineer, Rulemaking Office of Crashworthiness Standards
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
Mr. Sutula is a Mechanical Engineer working in the NHTSA Office of Crashworthiness Standards Rulemaking in Washington, DC. He began his career at NHTSA in 2005 where he manages Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) for seat belts, vehicle glazing, and vehicle flammability. He also manages the Event Data Recorder regulations in 49 CFR Part 563.
David holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering and an ME from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. He has been a member of SAE since 1993.
Christopher C. Voeglie
National Transportation Safety Board, Office of Highway Safety
Mr. Voeglie is a senior investigator with the Office of Highway Safety at the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and is assigned to the Office of the Director where he serves as the agency's Senior Heavy Vehicle Specialist and Highway Vehicle Recorder Specialist. Chris has served as Project Manager, Group Chairman and Investigator-in-Charge of Regional and Major Investigations as well as Technical Symposia and Public Hearings.
Chris established the Safety Board's Highway Vehicle Event Data Recorder program and is an internationally recognized expert in the fields of vehicle and event data forensics and the investigation and reconstruction of heavy vehicle transportation accidents.
Mr. Voeglie is responsible for the agency's vehicle event data recorder program including policy and procedure; and conducts the interrogation and analysis of highway vehicle event data. He also consults on the technical and analytical aspects of report and recommendation development; and provides technical support for international, federal, state and local agencies.
As an investigative Group Chairman he provides focus and direction to investigative teams ensuring a thorough investigation and root cause analysis. His dedication to accuracy and attention to detail has resulted in numerous Performance and Special Act awards, as receiving the Agency's Investigator Award.
Chris has additionally been recognized by numerous manufacturers for his contributions in the testing, research, validity and enhancement of many of today's currently available event data sources.
He holds a myriad of manufacturer and industry certifications in the fields of event data recording, vehicle inspection and forensic mechanics. He has conducted numerous passenger vehicle, heavy truck, and motorcoach testing including instrumented crash tests, vehicle dynamic studies including ABS, tire blow-outs, emergency braking, coefficient and event data validity experiments. He has presented, instructed and published on commercial vehicle accident investigation, inspection and event data forensics.
Chris is the Safety Board's representative for Highway EDR activities and initiatives including government and industry conferences, symposiums as well as working groups. He has participated in and supported the advancement of highway vehicle EDRs through his activities with IEEE, ASTM and SAE including the routine review of technical papers published by SAE. His activities in support of EDRs has included developing agency policy and procedure, recommendations, and preparing documents regarding rulemaking and final rules on EDRs.
Prior to his work with the NTSB, Chris served nearly 10-years as a New Jersey in law enforcement officer in-charge of traffic safety, accident investigation and reconstruction as well as a Vehicular Homicide Unit investigator for the County Prosecutor's Office.