NTSB Press Release

National Transportation Safety Board
Office of Public Affairs


December 8, 2006

Washington, DC -National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Mark V. Rosenker has appointed Bruce A. Magladry as the Director of the Office of Highway Safety. In this position, he will oversee all operations of the Office, coordinate highway safety program activities at the Safety Board, and monitor new developments affecting highway transportation safety. "Mr. Magladry brings an invaluable amount of experience as an investigator to this position," said Chairman Rosenker. "His investigative experience as a police detective and nearly two decades of outstanding transportation accident investigation experience with the Safety Board makes him a valuable asset to the Board and I am extremely pleased to appoint him Director of the Office of Highway Safety."

Mr. Magladry joined the Safety Board in 1988 as a human factors specialist investigating and analyzing operator behavior in all modes of transportation. In 1998, he joined the Office of Highway Safety as the Chief of Investigations and in 2001 became the Deputy Director of that office. He has served as Acting Director of Highway Safety since March 2005.

During his tenure, Mr. Magaldry has participated in numerous accident investigations including the Fox River Grove Illinois schoolbus/grade crossing accident, the Silver Spring MARC train accident; the Brightfield marine accident in New Orleans where a ship crashed into a shopping mall; and the TWA Flight 800 explosion off Long Island.

In 1975, Mr. Magladry joined the Baltimore County Police department as a policeman. Two years later, he became a police detective. During his tenure with the Baltimore County Police Department, he worked with the Safety Board during its investigation of the Chase, Maryland Amtrak accident in 1987. Mr. Magladry was the Baltimore County Police Department's investigative liaison to NTSB, Amtrak, and Conrail. Additionally, he led a concurrent police investigative unit into criminal aspects of the accident that resulted in a successful prosecution.

In 1987, Mr. Magladry was an investigative expert to a National Institute of Justice funded research project to develop a computerized artificial intelligence system for the investigation of burglaries. The project was one of the first in the world to utilize artificial intelligence concepts as a new method of investigating crimes.

Mr. Magladry has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Maryland.

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