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Anthropologists Win SAE Arch T. Colwell Merit Award

WARRENDALE, Pa., Feb. 24, 2006 - A team of anthropologists has been selected to receive SAE International’s Arch T. Colwell Merit Award. They will be presented the award at the SAE 2006 World Congress in Detroit, April 3-6.

This award, established in 1965, annually recognizes the authors of papers of outstanding technical or professional merit. Papers are judged primarily for their value as new contributions to existing knowledge of mobility engineering. The award was funded by the late Arch T. Colwell, who served SAE International in many capacities for nearly 50 years, including a term as President in 1941. Seven papers were selected from 2,677 published for SAE International meetings in 2004, including a paper authored by the anthropology team: “From XS to XL: Statistical Modeling of Human Body Shape using 3D Surface Scans” (2004-01-2183).

Dr. Martin FriessDr. Martin Friess

Friess, a senior research associate at Anthrotech, Inc., is the principal investigator of all studies involving three-dimensional anthropometry. Under his leadership, Anthrotech conducted studies for helmet design, back supports and fall-arrest harnesses. He has also developed three-dimensional surface models that can be animated for use in computerized human analogues. Previously, Friess was a post-doctoral fellow in the paleontology division of theAmericanMuseumof Natural History in New York City and an adjunct assistant professor in the anthropology department atQueensCollege, City University of New York. Friess has published about 30 scientific papers, book chapters and contributions to conference proceedings in three different languages. He is a member of SAE International and the American Association of Physical Anthropologists. Friess holds a master’s degree in physical anthropology from Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, Germany and a doctorate degree fromUniversité Bordeaux, .

Dr. Brian D. Corner

Corner is a research anthropologist in the Supporting Science and Technology Directorate of the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Center. His primary research focus is analyzing and applying three-dimensional digitized data for clothing and individual equipment design. Previously, Corner received post-doctoral training in the Cell Biology and Anatomy department at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and taught gross anatomy at Northwestern University School of Medicine. Corner earned a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and biology atCentralMichiganUniversity, a master’s degree in anthropology from theUniversityofUtahand a doctorate in biological anthropology from the State University of New York- Binghamton.