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SAE Recognizes Engineers for Rollover Crash Test Research

WARRENDALE, Pa., July 9, 2008 - A team of engineers from Kineticorp, Ford Motor Company and Wayne State University are recipients of SAE International's Colwell Merit Award. The group was honored during the SAE 2008 World Congress in Detroit.

The Colwell Merit Award, established in 1965, annually recognizes the authors of outstanding papers presented at an SAE conference or SAE section meeting. The late Arch T. Colwell, who first funded this award, served SAE International in many capacities for nearly 50 years, including a term as President in 1941.

This award is funded through the SAE Foundation. 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.

The following recipients are recognized for co-authoring, “Image Analysis of a Rollover Crash Test Using Photogrammetry” (SAE paper #2006-01-0723).  The paper explores the use of camera-matching photogrammetry to extract vehicle roll angle data from test video.

Stephen Fenton
Fenton is the president and a principal engineer at Kineticorp in Denver.  The firm specializes in forensic engineering and forensic visualization.

A member of SAE International, he chairs the SAE Photogrammetry Committee and serves on the Accident Investigation and Accident Reconstruction Standards Committee (AIARSC). As a part of AIARSC, he serves on the following subcommittees: Investigation Techniques, Vehicle Road Friction, Reconstruction Analysis, Information Resources, and the Motor Vehicle Fire Investigations Task Force. Through his involvement with these committees, Fenton works to establish professional guidelines and protocols for accident investigation and reconstruction.

Fenton has conducted accident investigations through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Crash Injury Research and Engineering Network, which teams engineers with doctors to gather real-world crash data and to evaluate occupant injuries. He is registered as a Professional Engineer in Colorado and Alabama and is an accredited Traffic Accident Reconstructionist through the Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstruction.

Fenton holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the Colorado School of Mines.  He resides in Denver.

William Neale
Neale is the director of visualization at Kineticorp in Denver. His work in forensics focuses on accident reconstruction and visualization of automobile accidents using techniques of photogrammetry, video analysis and motion tracking, computer simulation and computer animation. Neale’s research and publications have contributed to techniques of forensic visualization, motion tracking, photogrammetry and video analysis in the accident reconstruction industry.

Neale holds both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in architecture from Washington University in St. Louis.  He resides in Denver.

Nathan Rose
Rose is the director of engineering at Kineticorp in Denver.  He has been working in the field of accident reconstruction since 1998. His main research interests are in the areas of rollover dynamics and severity analysis, crush analysis, restitution modeling, critical speed analysis, photogrammetry and video analysis. He has published a number of technical papers related to accident reconstruction.

Rose received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering from the Colorado School of Mines.  He resides in Denver.

Jialiang Le
Le is a technical expert in Ford Motor Company’s Passive Safety Research and Advanced Engineering department in Dearborn, Mich. He specializes in researching and developing automotive advanced rollover protection systems, vehicle safety sensing systems, vehicle crash protection systems and passive/active safety integration.

Le has more then 15 technical journals and SAE publications to his credit and holds eight U.S. patents.  He is a past recipient of the Ford Engineering Technical Excellence Award and SAE Arch T. Colwell Merit Award.  He holds a master’s in mechanical engineering from Wayne State University. Le resides in Canton, Mich.

Robert McCoy
McCoy is a technical expert at Ford Motor Company's Passive Safety Research and Advanced Engineering department in Dearborn, Mich. His main research interests are in the areas of automotive crash prediction and occupant protection systems.

McCoy has more than 15 refereed publications and holds three U.S. patents.  He is a past recipient of the Ford Body Engineering Technical Excellence Award. He earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees in aeronautical and astronautical engineering from Purdue University. McCoy resides in Ann Arbor, Mich.

For more information on Le and McCoy, please contact Wes Sherwood of Ford Motor Company at 

Clifford Chou
Chou is an adjunct professor in the Biomechanics Research Center at Wayne State University in Detroit.  Previously, he worked at Ford Motor Company as a technical leader in the Passive Safety Research and Development department, where he specialized in automotive safety.

Chou has authored or co-authored more than 100 journal and SAE publications. He also serves as the U.S. regional editor of the International Journal of Vehicle Safety. He has received several awards, including the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration Safety Award for Engineering Excellence; the Henry Ford Technology Award; the SAE Forest R. McFarland Award; and various technical achievement awards, innovation awards and customer-driven quality awards during his tenure at Ford.

Chou is a member of SAE International, the American Society for Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the engineering honor society, Sigma Xi. He was elected to SAE Fellow in 2002 and ASME Fellow in 2005.

Chou holds a bachelor’s in civil engineering and a master’s in engineering mechanics from National Taiwan University. He also earned a doctorate in applied mechanics from Michigan State University.  He resides in Farmington Hills, Mich.

For more information on Chou, please contact Francine Wunder and David Reich of Wayne State University at and, respectively.

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