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Kennerly H. Digges Named SAE International Fellow

WARRENDALE, Pa., April 22, 2014 -

SAE International announced that Dr. Kennerly Digges was elected as a 2013-2014 SAE Fellow. Digges was one of 22 Fellow inductees recognized during ceremonies at the 2014 SAE World Congress, April 8-10 in Detroit, Michigan.


Digges is a Research Professor at George Washington University. He led the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) vehicle safety research and served as a director of both research and rulemaking from 1975-1989. Digges initiated the New Car Assessment Programs (NCAP), giving vehicles star ratings for safety, which has been replicated in many countries. He also directed groundbreaking car safety regulations on center high mounted stoplights and frontal air bag protection. He helped create the National Crash Analysis Center at George Washington University and directed the safety research program of crash and injury reconstruction at the University of Miami School of Medicine.

His research has improved the understanding of transport related injuries, vehicle safety regulation, consumer testing and international outreach on transportation safety policy and has been noted in more than 200 publications. Digges is an author and a principal developer of the URGENCY algorithm that predicts the probability of injury based on data from a crashed vehicle’s event data recorder. Many current vehicles equipped with an Automatic Crash Notification System transmit the crash related data and the URGENCY algorithm is used to prioritize responses to severe crashes by first responders.

Digges has been awarded a United States Air Force Scientific Achievement Award, the United States Department of Transportation Silver Medal and the SAE Arnold Siegel Transportation Safety Award. He holds a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from Virginia Tech, a master’s and doctorate from Ohio State University.

SAE Fellow is the highest grade of membership bestowed by SAE International. It recognizes outstanding engineering, scientific and leadership accomplishments by an individual that have resulted in meaningful advances in automotive, aerospace, and commercial vehicle technologies. The program, established in 1975, recognizes an average of 20 recipients worldwide for this honor each year.


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