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Brian O'Neill to Receive 2005 Arnold W. Siegel International Transportation Safety Award

Warrendale, PA, Jan. 27, 2005 - Brian O'NeilBrian O'Neill, president of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI), has been selected to receive the 2005 Arnold W. Siegel International Transportation Safety Award. O'Neill will be presented with the award on Tuesday, April 12, 2005 during the Honors Convocation at the annual SAE World Congress in Detroit, Michigan.

This award, established in 1987, recognizes outstanding international research, innovation, and contributions to crash injury protection, biomechanics, and design for all mobility vehicles for land, air, sea, and space, in addition to recognizing exceptional leadership activities that have made a significant transportation safety impact on organizations or on society worldwide. It honors Arnold W. Siegel, SAE Fellow, whose pioneering crash injury research began in 1954 at the University of California-Los Angeles.

O'Neill joined the IIHS research department in 1969, was a founder of HLDI in 1972, and became president of both organizations in 1985. The IIHS and the HLDI are research and communications organizations dedicated to reducing deaths, injuries, and property damage on the nation's highways. Both organizations are supported by U.S. property and casualty insurers.

O'Neill has authored or co-authored more than 60 scientific papers, is co-author of The Injury Fact Book, and has served on the boards and committees of many highway safety groups.

Considered an expert in the industry, O'Neill is consulted frequently by both print and electronic media reporters, and appears regularly on NBC Dateline, other news magazine shows, and network news programs.
Educated in England, he holds a degree in mathematics and statistics.