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Automotive Safety Engineers Win SAE International Award

WARRENDALE, Pa., May 16, 2006 - Dr. Matthew Reed, Shelia Ebert-Hamilton and Michael Carlson have been selected to receive SAE International’s Ralph H. Isbrandt Automotive Safety Engineering Award.  They were presented the award at the SAE 2006 Government/Industry Meeting in  Washington, D.C., May 8-10. 

The award, established in 1975, recognizes the authors delivering the most outstanding paper at an SAE International meeting on the subject of automotive safety engineering.  It honors SAE 1967 President Ralph Isbrandt, who, during his 45-year automotive career, provided a constant inspiration to young engineers in the field of mobility engineering.  The 2004 recipients are being recognized for their technical paper, “Development of Surrogate Child Restraints for Testing Occupant Sensing and Classification Systems” (SAE paper 2004-01-0843).

Dr. Matthew Reed
Dr. Mathew Reed Reed, an associate research scientist at the Universityof Michigan Transportation ResearchInstitute, focuses on occupant protection and physical ergonomics for road vehicles.  He is also co-director of the Human Motion Simulation Laboratory in Industrial and Operations Engineering.  A member of SAE International, he is active on several committees on vehicle interior design and occupant protection.  He holds his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering from the  University  of  Michigan  and a doctorate in industrial and operations engineering from the  University  of  Michigan


Sheila Ebert-Hamilton
Sheila Ebert-HamiltonEbert, a research associate at the Universityof Michigan Transportation ResearchInstitute, focuses in the areas of passenger safety and ergonomics.  She previously worked in the biological sciences.  Ebert received her bachelor’s degree from  Kalamazoo  College  and her master’s degree from  Michigan  State.



Michael Carlson
Michael CarlsonCarlson, a senior design engineer and program manager for First Technology Safety Systems, is currently responsible for a series of advanced child crash dummies.  He has 25 years of design engineering experience and two published documents on space technology applications.  He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.  Carlson holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Notre Dame and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.