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Utah-, California-Based Engineers Receive SAE Automotive Safety Engineering Award

WARRENDALE, Pa., Feb. 23, 2009 - A group of four engineers from Collision Safety Engineering LC and Biokinetic Engineering Inc. have been selected as recipients of SAE International's Ralph H. Isbrandt Automotive Safety Engineering Award.  They were presented their awards at the 2009 SAE Government/Industry Meeting in Washington, D.C.

The award, established in 1975, recognizes the authors who delivered the most outstanding paper on automotive safety engineering at an SAE International meeting.  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 award is funded through the SAE Foundation.

This year’s recipients are:

Michael James |
James has been an engineer with Orem, Utah-based Collision Safety Engineering LC since 1981. There he specializes in automobile accident reconstruction and vehicle crashworthiness research. Specific areas of research include frontal, side, and rear impacts; rollover field accident data, restraint systems, seat design, computer simulations, crush energy analysis, intrusion analysis, airbag sensor design, and occupant kinematics.

James has authored more than 20 SAE International research papers and also has been involved in the SAE peer-review process. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from Brigham Young University.

Ronald Paul Nordhagen
Nordhagen has worked as an engineer at Collision Safety Engineering LC in Orem, Utah, for 18 years where he has been involved with automotive safety and accident reconstruction. His areas of research include pole impacts, rollovers, occupant kinematics, seat belt markings, simulations, and seat design.

Nordhagen has authored 12 technical papers and journal articles and has been certified as an accredited accident reconstructionist by the Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstruction.

Nordhagen has an associate’s in design and drafting engineering technology from Ricks College, a bachelor’s in design engineering technology, a master’s in technology management from Brigham Young University, and a master’s in mechanical engineering from the University of Utah.  He holds a professional engineering license from the state of Utah and resides in Pleasant Grove, Utah.

Sung-Woo Koh
Koh is a managing engineer at Biokinetic Engineering Inc. in San Luis Obispo, Calif. There his research interests include occupant kinematics and injury causation in rollover and side-impact crashes. He was previously a post-doctoral fellow at Wayne State University’s Bioengineering Center.

Koh has written four papers published at the Stapp Car Crash Conference and one SAE International-published paper. He earned a bachelor’s in mechanical design and production engineering at Kon-Kuk University and master’s and doctorate degrees in mechanical engineering at Wayne State University. He resides in San Luis Obispo.

Dennis C. Schneider
Schneider provides consulting services related to the biomechanics of trauma for Biokinetic Engineering Inc. His investigations have focused on the impact response of the human thorax, brain, facial bones, whole-body acceleration exposure and the mechanics of rollover crashes.

During his 40-year career, Schneider has authored more than 30 scientific articles related to the biomechanics of trauma and published numerous articles. Several of his papers have been recognized in the SAE Transactions.  

Schneider earned a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from Wayne State University and master’s and doctorate degrees in biomechanics from the University of California–San Diego. He resides in Arroyo Grande, Calif.

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