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Dr. Priya Prasad

Priyaranjan Prasad, Ph.D.

10406 Millwood Drive
Plymouth, Michigan 48170


Member:  National Academy of Engineering
Fellow:     Society of Automotive Engineers
Fellow:     American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering


June, 1973, Ph.D Bio-Mechanics, Wayne State University
June, 1968, M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Wayne State University
June, 1965, B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Bihar College of Engineering

Awards and Recognition:

NHTSA Engineering Excellence Award for Safety, 2009
Elected to the National Academy of Engineering - 2006
Ralph H. Isbrandt Automotive Safety Engineering Award 2005
John Paul Stapp Award for the best paper in the 2003 Stapp Car Crash Conference
Bertil Aldman Award from the International Research Committee on the Biomechanics of Impact, 1999
Henry Ford Technology Award Deployable Bolster 1995
National Award for the Advancement of Motor Vehicle Research and Development, 1994
NHTSA Engineering Excellence Award for Safety, 1991
Henry Ford Technology Award Side Impact Model 1990

Leadership Positions on National and International Forums:

Advised governments such as Canada, Australia and U.S. on the development of relevant crash regulations. Instrumental in the 1998 modification of FMVSS208, which succeeded in minimizing unintended side effects of first generation airbags.

Past Chairman/Member Biomechanics and Crashworthiness Sub-Committee of the Motor Vehicle Safety Research Advisory Committee of NHTSA.

Chairman ISO Working Group 3 (development of test procedures to evaluate the effect of airbag deployments on out-of-position occupants in frontal and side impacts) 1990-2000. The test procedures were incorporated in the FMVSS208 in US and the TWG for side impact test procedures by all manufacturers selling in US.

Chairman of a Technical Working Group established by a consortium of Domestic and International Automotive Manufacturers charged by the Administrator of NHTSA to develop an Industry wide agreement to improve compatibility between light trucks and cars in US. Successfully developed such an agreement which has been in place since 2005.

Leader of the U.S. delegation to the an International Standards Organization working group charged with developing scientifically-based injury criteria for various body regions that could be used to evaluate vehicular crash worthiness. (1987-1999)

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