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Dr. Yasuhiro Matsui to Receive the 2002 Ralph H. Isbrandt Automotive Safety Engineering Award

Warrendale, PA, Jan. 14, 2004 - Dr. Yasuhiro Matsui, a Researcher in crash safety with the Japan Automobile Research Institute, has been selected to receive the 2002 Ralph H. Isbrandt Automotive Safety Engineering Award. The award will be presented on March 9, 2004 during the Honors Convocation at the annual SAE World Congress in Detroit, Michigan, USA.

This award, established in 1972, recognizes individuals for their outstanding contribution to SAE literature which advances the field of automotive safety engineering. The award honors the late Ralph Isbrandt, 1967 SAE President, who contributed significantly to automotive safety engineering and inspired young engineers to seek a career in mobility engineering.

Matsui is being recognized as the lead author, along with co-authors Adam Wittek and Atsuhiro Konosu for their SAE technical paper (2002-01-1021): "Comparison of Pedestrian Subsystem Safety Tests Using Impactors and Full-Scale Dummy Tests."

Since joining the Japan Automobile Research Institute in 1994, Matsui has contributed the development of test methods and tools to assess vehicle aggressiveness as a means to improve the safety performance of the frontal vehicle structure. The research is intended to find ways to reduce the number and severity of pedestrian injuries in traffic accidents.

Matsui received his doctorate in engineering from the Graduate School of Engineering of Nagoya University in Japan.