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Dr. Yasuhiro Matsui Honored with the SAE International Arnold W. Siegel International Transportation Safety Award

WARRENDALE, Pa., March 14, 2014 - Dr. Yasuhiro Matsui, Senior Chief Researcher, Vehicle Safety Research Department, National Traffic Safety and Environment Laboratory (NTSEL), will be honored with the Arnold W. Siegel International Transportation Safety Award during the SAE 2014 World Congress. Dr. Matsui will receive the award during the Awards and Recognitions Ceremony, Tuesday, April 8 at 5 p.m. in Cobo Center.

Established in 1987, this award recognizes individuals whose accomplishments include outstanding international research, innovation and contributions to crash injury protection, crash injury biomechanics and crash injury design for all mobility vehicles: land, air, sea and space. It is administered by the Siegel Award Board and is funded through the generous support of Arnold W. Siegel, a SAE Fellow and a SAE Medal of Honor recipient.

Dr. Matsui developed a safety assessment method of a collision damage mitigation braking system (CDMBS) for pedestrians, which would be employed by E-NCAP; he developed a brain injury assessment method for the future regulation; and his proposals of the rear seated vehicle occupant safety evaluation method were employed by J-NCAP.            

Before joining NTSEL, Dr. Matsui worked in the Safety Research Division for the Japan Automobile Research Institute (JARI). While there, the injury acceptance reference values for leg form impactors to assess pedestrian lower extremity injury risks caused by bumpers of passenger cars were employed by the EU regulation and Japanese regulation.  In addition, his acceptance reference values for upper leg form impactors to assess pedestrian femur / pelvic fracture risks caused by SUV bumpers were employed by the EU regulation and Japanese regulation and the ISO child and adult head form impactors he developed were employed by the Japanese regulation and J-NCAP.   

Dr. Matsui has published several journals and papers, including five STAPP Journals, six SAE International Transactions, four SAE International Technical Papers, and 40 other journals. He is an SAE International Fellow and has won several awards, including the SAE Ralph H. Isbrandt Automotive Safety Engineering Award (2002), J-SAE Technological Development Award (2006), J-SAE Fellow Engineer (2007), Best Paper Award in Kanto Area Conference (2010), Best Oral Presentation of IEEE Industrial Electronics Society (2012), Best Journal Paper Award of the Institute of Electrical Engineers of Japan (2012), the JARI Technical Contribution Award (2003), the JARI Scientific Contribution Award (2004), the NTSEL Technical Contribution Award (2007), and the Best Presentation Award of NTSEL Forum (2007, 2008, 2009, 2012).   

Dr. Matsui earned his PhD from Nagoya University, Nagoya, Japan; and his MS and BS degrees from Nihon University, Japan.

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