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Retired NHTSA Leader Receives SAE Transportation Safety Award

WARRENDALE, Pa., June 1, 2007 - Rolf Eppinger, retired Chief Research Scientist, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), is the recipient of SAE International's Arnold W. Siegel International Transportation Safety Award. He was presented the award during the SAE 2007 World Congress in Detroit.

The award, established in 1987, recognizes a leader who has made an impact in improving transportation safety. It honors SAE Fellow Arnold W. Siegel, whose pioneering research contributed to the design of modern crashworthy transportation vehicles and the understanding of tolerance in collisions.

The SAE Foundation funds this award. In addition to supporting the awards, recognition and scholarship programs of SAE International, the SAE Foundation develops and funds programs and incentives that foster student interest in engineering, scientific and technical education.

During his 20-year career at NHTSA, Eppinger was a leader in advancing scientific research in motor vehicle safety. Prior to his 2006 retirement, Eppinger served as Chief Research Scientist of Research and Development. His previous role at NHTSA was Chief of the National Transportation Biomechanics Research Center.

Eppinger continues to maintain a broad base of technical expertise through his continued involvement in SAE International, his membership with the Stapp Car Crash Conference Advisory Committee, and his participation in international conferences. He has published more than 120 technical papers dealing with automotive safety and holds two U.S. patents.

Eppinger holds his bachelor's and master's degrees in mechanical engineering and his doctorate in mechanical engineering sciences from Wayne State University in Detroit. He resides in Silver Spring, Md.

To learn more about SAE International's Arnold W. Siegel International Transportation Safety Award, contact pr@sae.org.