Team from Michigan honored with 2003 Arch T. Colwell Merit Award

WARRENDALE, Pa. (July 27, 2005) - Dr. Matthew P. Reed, Dr. Matthew B. Parkinson and Amy Klinkenberger were selected to receive the 2003 Arch T. Colwell Merit Award. Dr. Reed and Dr. Parkinson received their awards at Digital Human Modeling for Design and Engineering (DHM), in Iowa City, Iowa on June 14, 2005. Amy Klinkenberger received her award at the Honors Convocation Luncheon during the SAE 2005 World Congress in Detroit, Michigan on April 12, 2005.

This award, established in 1965, annually recognizes the authors of papers of outstanding technical or professional merit presented at a meeting of the Society or any of its sections during the calendar year. 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 in many capacities for nearly 50 years, including a term as president in 1941. Eleven papers were selected for this year's honor, among them is the paper authored by the team listed above: "Assessing the Validity of Kinematically Generated Reach Envelopes for Simulations of Vehicle Operators" (2003-01-2216).

Dr. Matthew P. ReedDr. Matthew P. Reed
Dr. Reed is an associate research scientist in the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) in the Biosciences Division and at the Center for Ergonomics in Industrial and Operations Engineering. During his 15 years at UMTRI, his research has focused on occupant protection and physical ergonomics for road vehicles. He has conducted research on restraint systems, emphasizing investigation of airbag-induced injuries, and has developed a number of tools for vehicle interior design to enhance occupant accommodation, comfort and safety. In addition, he is research director of the Human Motion Simulation Laboratory in Industrial and Operations Engineering, where his research is focused on the development of advanced methods for simulating people interacting with products and workplaces. Reed is active on several SAE committees related to human factors, digital human modeling and occupant protection. His doctorate is in industrial and operations engineering from the University of Michigan. He also holds bachelor's and master's degrees in engineering from the University.

Dr. Matthew B. Parkinson
Dr. Parkinson is currently a lecturer and post-doctoral fellow at the University of Michigan. His research focuses on rigorous methods to improve the design of artifacts for use by people and is sponsored by the Automotive Research Center and Human Motion Simulation Laboratory. He is also a member of the Optimal Design Laboratory at the University. Parkinson has published papers on a range of topics including product platform design and selection, digital
human modeling, MEMS, compliant mechanisms, and design for people with disabilities-all topics that prepared him for his current work in the boundary between traditional disciplines of mechanical, biomedical, and industrial engineering. Parkinson is a member of SAE, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), ASB, and RESNA
He holds both bachelor's and master's degrees in mechanical engineering from Brigham Young University, and a doctorate from the University of Michigan in biomedical engineering.

Amy Klinkenberger
Amy Klinkenberger is a Product Engineer in the Development Group at Takata Restraint Systems. Before joining Takata, she served as a research assistant at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) in the Bioscience Division. There she was involved in research related to child passenger safety and the safe transport of
occupants traveling in wheelchairs. Klinkenberger is a member of the SAE and serves as a National Safe Kids Child Passenger Safety Technician. Klinkenberger holds a bachelor's degree in kinesiology (movement science) from the University of Michigan.