Ms. Tylko is chief of Crashworthiness Research at Transport Canada. Her special areas of interest are injury mechanisms and the optimization of occupant protection in frontal and side impact protection. In 2009 Ms. Tylko applied for and received over 14 million dollars in government funding to modernize the Transport Canada crash laboratory located in Blainville, Quebec. The Motor Vehicle Test Center is now the only crash laboratory in North America with the capability of conducting moving car- to-moving car crashes in frontal, perpendicular and oblique side impact. Ms. Tylko has led numerous studies on rear seat occupant protection including child restraints, in frontal barrier, side and frontal offset moving car-to-moving car crash configurations. Crash test dummy development and evaluation are an integral part of her research programs.
KRISTY B. ARBOGAST, PhD
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute
Dr. Arbogast is the Co-Scientific Director and Director of Engineering for the Center for Injury Research and Prevention at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and a Research Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania. In 1997, she received her PhD in Bioengineering with a focus on brain injury mechanics from University of Pennsylvania and began her research career at Children's Hospital. In 2014, she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Chalmers University of Technology in Goteborg, Sweden for her leadership in the field of child safety.
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LOTTA JAKOBSSON, PhD
Volvo Cars Safety Centre
Dr. Jakobsson is the senior technical leader for Injury Prevention at Sweden's Volvo Cars Safety Centre. She is also an adjunct professor in automotive safety at the Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg, Sweden. The Volvo Safety Centre opened in 2000, and is the state-of-the-art crash laboratory is designed to replicate most of the accident scenarios that occur in real-life traffic. Dr. Jakobsson has conducted research into automotive safety and biomechanics for 20 years. She was part of Volvo's first batch of industrial post-graduates in 1999 and received her doctorate from Chalmers in 2004.
Mr. Schram studied Mechanical Engineering at the Eindhoven University of Technology. His career started at TNO, where he was responsible for all Euro NCAP activities and was trained as a Euro NCAP Inspector. After 5 years of TNO, he moved to Euro NCAP where he is technical manager. In this role, he is participates in many working groups including updating the pedestrian protocols.
STEVEN J. PETERSON
As vice president of engineering, Mr. Peterson directs and oversees the engineering resources in the North American region that design and develop occupant safety systems and components (seat belts, air bags, and wheels). In addition, he is responsible for Global Systems Engineering, which includes integration of ZF TRW's safety systems and components into the vehicle environment for worldwide applications. Mr. Peterson is based at the company's North America Occupant Safety Systems facility in Washington, Michigan.
DR. JAMES H. HEDLUND
Highway Safety North
Dr. Hedlund is principal of Highway Safety North, in Ithaca, NY. He spent 22 years at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in various research and management positions, most recently as Associate Administrator for Traffic Safety Programs. From 2011 to 2015 he served as a consultant on management and data analysis for the SHRP 2 naturalistic driving study of the National Academy of Sciences. He has published over 60 research studies, conference summaries, research syntheses, and guides on a variety of behavioral traffic safety subjects, including Countermeasures That Work, Traffic Safety Performance Measures for States and Federal Agencies, Drug-Impaired Driving: A Guide for What States Can Do, and Unbuckled in Back: An Overlooked Issue in Occupant Protection. He holds a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Michigan.