Dr. Frank Pintar Wins SAE International Arnold W. Siegel International Transportation Safety Award

WARRENDALE, Pa., May 10, 2013 - Dr. Frank A. Pintar, Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, Medical College of Wisconsin, has won the SAE International Arnold W. Siegel International Transportation Safety Award. He received the award during the Awards Ceremony at the SAE 2013 World Congress.

The award recognizes individuals whose accomplishments include outstanding international research, innovation and contributions to crash injury protection, crash injury biomechanics and crash injury design for all mobility vehicles: land, air, sea and space. The award is funded through the generous support of Arnold W. Siegel, SAE Fellow and SAE Medal of Honor recipient.

The Medical College of Wisconsin laboratories occupy more than 35,000 square feet and employ nine PhD scientists and 25 staff for conduct of ongoing federally funded research projects. Dr. Pintar has helped to expand the laboratory facilities that now include an acceleration servo sled, and a vehicle crash test facility. 

Over the years, Dr. Pintar has served as a research mentor to more than 30 graduate students, post-docs, residents, fellows and junior faculty in the medical school and engineering school.  At the Neuroscience Labs, there is an emphasis on finding solutions to clinically relevant problems by fostering collaboration with neurosurgeons, orthopaedic surgeons, neuroradiologists, emergency medicine and physical medicine/rehab specialists and pathologists. Dr. Pintar has received grant awards from the Veterans Administration, Centers for Disease Control, US Department of Transportation, the Department of Defense, and foundations.  His work on the biomechanics of side impact injuries helped to lay the foundation for the latest Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards.  His most recent research work on small overlap impacts has generated considerable interdisciplinary collaboration with the Insurance Institute and NHTSA. 

Dr. Pintar has authored more than 600 research publications including two books on head and neck trauma and over 220 peer-reviewed journal papers. He is the engineering principal investigator of the Wisconsin CIREN Center (six in the nation).  He has also served as an instructor in biomechanics courses and has given invited lectures at specialty conferences.  He is a member of SAE International and the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine. 

SAE International is a global association of more than 138,000 engineers and related technical experts in the aerospace, automotive and commercial-vehicle industries. SAE International's core competencies are life-long learning and voluntary consensus standards development. SAE International's charitable arm is the SAE Foundation, which supports many programs, including A World In Motion® and the Collegiate Design Series™.


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