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Workshop: Rear Seat Safety in Passenger Vehicles

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Biographies - Staff
NTSB Conference Center
4/26/2016 8:00 AM

 

MICHELE BECKJORD, MFS

Ms. Beckjord has been employed at the NTSB since 1995 and serves as a senior accident investigator and project manager. She has led survival factors investigations of major highway accidents involving school buses, motorcoaches, and other heavy vehicles along with motorcoach fires and bridge collapses. She has also participated in numerous railroad, marine, pipeline and hazardous materials accident investigations. As a project manager she has served as a hearing officer, written and managed multiple technical NTSB major accident reports, and participates as a subject matter expert in Board public hearings and forums. Ms. Beckjord received her Masters of Forensic Science degree from The George Washington University and is a registered diplomat with the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators.

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JANA PRICE, PhD

Dr. Price is a senior human performance investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and chief of report development in the Office of Highway Safety. She has led human performance investigations of major highway accidents and has provided support to numerous aviation, railroad, and marine accident investigations involving human fatigue. She has a doctorate in human factors from the University of Connecticut.

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THOMAS H. BARTH, PhD

Dr. Barth is an accident investigator and biomechanics engineer in the Office of Highway Safety. Dr. Barth has served 5 years as a survival factors group chairman on a variety of crashes involving vehicles ranging from motorcoaches to passenger cars, school buses and trains. Previously he had 20 years' experience working in aerospace and automotive crash dynamics and occupant safety, including 7 years expatriate work in Germany and France. He led the technical development and certification of the first two generations of the AmSafe aircraft airbag systems. He received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Colorado State University and his Ph.D. in Applied Science from Cranfield University.

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KRISTIN POLAND, PhD

Dr. Poland has been employed at the NTSB since 1998 as a senior biomechanical engineer in the Vehicle Performance Division. She developed NTSB methodology for occupant kinematics investigations and performed occupant kinematics simulations and injury causation analysis for general aviation aircraft accidents involving airbags as well as rail investigations. She developed vehicle dynamics and occupant kinematics simulations for school bus, specialty bus and numerous motorcoach crashes and worked in the human performance investigations of USAir 427, TWA 800, EgyptAir 990, American Airlines 587, and the Crown Princess marine accident. Dr. Poland has published multiple papers for Aviation Space and Environmental Medicine, the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), the annual TRB conference, and the STAPP car crash conference. She has participated as a technical expert at multiple Board forums and public hearings. Dr. Poland also leads the Board's work to document and analyze accidents with a 3-dimensional laser scanner and was invited to assist in scanning damaged tanker cars during the Transportation Safety Board of Canada Lac Megantic rail accident investigation.

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STEPHANIE D. SHAW

Ms. Shaw joined the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) in 1997. As a transportation safety advocate with the Safety Advocacy Division in the Office of Communications, she promotes the NTSB's Most Wanted List and safety recommendations issued to the states. Ms. Shaw is considered an expert on child passenger safety, a certified child passenger safety technician, and has presented multiple times on vehicle occupant safety. She has served as an NTSB technical panel member on forums on child occupant protection, impaired driving, aging drivers and tire safety. Ms. Shaw is also a member of the Transportation Research Board's Occupant Protection Committee.

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