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4/10/2016 9:00 AM



Ensar Becic, PhD, is a project manager and human performance investigator in the Office of Highway Safety at the National Transportation Safety Board. He has more than 8 years of experience in developing, designing, and conducting studies in the areas of cognitive psychology and human factors. His efforts focus primarily on how humans perceive and interact with technology in the context of the driving environment and how the associated cognitive and perceptual processes can be improved. Dr. Becic has published multiple reports and conducted numerous projects investigating the efficacy of infrastructure- and vehicle-based Cooperative Intersection Collison Avoidance Systems; the effect of modalities of collision warnings; and how distraction, age, and visibility affect system users. He has authored more than 15 journal publications and many conference presentations and proceedings. Dr. Becic received his doctorate in Psychology, with a focus on Visual Cognition and Human Performance, in 2009 from the University of Illinois.

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Deborah Bruce, PhD, has been with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) since 1996, working initially as a transportation research analyst and more recently as a project manager in the Office of Highway Safety. Before joining the NTSB, she worked in the private sector as a human factors specialist in charge of research projects on air traffic control and as a contractor to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. She holds a BS degree in Chemistry and an MA degree in Communications from the University of Kentucky and an MA degree and a PhD in Human Factors Engineering from George Mason University.

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Ivan Cheung, PhD, is a transportation research analyst at the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). He has conducted highway safety research studies on aging drivers, speed, and the effects of red light cameras. He also has extensive experience in using geographic information systems, remote sensing technology, and spatial analysis as applied to public health, environmental, and climate studies. Before joining the NTSB, he was a research scientist with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

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Lisandra Garay-Vega, PhD, is a highway accident investigator (project manager) in the Office of Highway Safety at the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). She has 10 years of professional experience planning, conducting, and presenting research on highway and vehicle safety. Before joining the NTSB in 2014, she served as a senior engineer with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Office of Vehicle Crash Avoidance Research. In that role, she led interdisciplinary teams and managed multiple programs to support vehicle safety research and rulemaking activities. Dr. Garay-Vega initiated her federal career at the Volpe National Transportation Systems Center. She holds a PhD in civil engineering, with an emphasis in transportation safety and human factors; an MS degree in civil engineering from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst; and a BS degree in civil engineering from the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez.

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Steven Prouty is a senior highway engineer in the Office of Highway Safety at the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). Before joining the NTSB in 2010, Mr. Prouty was a state trooper with the Wisconsin State Patrol for 11 years. He spent most of those years as a member of the Technical Reconstruction Unit, where he investigated serious collisions and major crime scenes. Mr. Prouty was also deeply involved in the development and instruction of crash investigation courses at the Wisconsin State Patrol Academy. He holds a BS degree in Biology from the University of Wisconsin (UW)-Stevens Point, and a BS degree in Civil Engineering from UW-Platteville. Mr. Prouty is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstruction.

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