Dr. Cing-Dao (Steve) Kan, Professor and Director of CCSA

  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland 1990.
  • Expertise in finite element analyses of solid objects and structures.
  • Pioneering research on implementation of non-linear, explicit FE code on high performance parallel computer platforms and development of benchmarking criteria.
  • Previously Director of the National Crash Analysis Center under contracts with FHWA and NHTSA that led to the development of ten FE vehicle models, multiple crash tests, outreach programs to support use of simulation methods, and studies of safety implications for future vehicle designs.

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Dr. Dhafer Marzougui, Associate Professor and Research Director of CCSA

  • D.Sc., Transportation Safety Engineering, The George Washington University .
  • Internationally recognized expertise in vehicle modeling, crash simulation, development and evaluation of infrastructure security hardware and impact testing.
  • Led NCHRP projects to develop guidelines for effective placement of cable barriers on sloped medians of varying configurations and barriers on curved, superelevated roadway sections.
  • Developed FE models of vehicles, barrier hardware, test “dummies,” and aircraft to simulate crashes and dynamic effects on occupants.
  • Previously Associate Director of the National Crash Analysis Center.

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Dr. Leyu (Douglas) Wang, Research Assistant Professor

  • Ph.D., Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, The George Washington University .
  • Expertise in solid mechanics, fracture mechanics, molecular dynamics, and multi‐scale modeling.
  • Developed tabulated input material models for aerospace engineering applications, including high velocity impact and failure prediction.
  • Pioneering research in defining stress and strain for molecular dynamics analysis.
  • Pioneering research in using energy‐based method for fracture mechanics simulation.
  • Participate in research projects for vehicle crashworthiness modeling, simulation analysis, and structural optimization.
  • Current research interests include constitutive modeling of metallic material, dynamic finite element analysis, theoretical molecular dynamics, multi‐scale modeling, and fracture mechanics for automobile and aerospace applications.

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Dr. Chung-Kyu Park, Research Assistant Professor

  • Ph.D., Transportation Safety Engineering, The George Washington University 2010; BE & ME Naval Architecture.
  • His research led to an improved method for Generalized Mesh-Free (GMF) approximation and investigations of its dispersion property.
  • Studied crash compatibility issues at SAFER – Vehicle and Traffic Safety Centre, Gothenberg, Sweden.
  • Broad experience in the training and application of LS-DYNA at Korea Simulation Technology.
  • Simulated dynamic effects on ship structures at Korea Maritime University.

Rudolf Reichert, Research Assistant Professor

  • Advanced engineering degrees from universities in both Germany and the USA.
  • Expertise in the development of occupant safety systems from roles with Mercedes and other automotive firms.
  • Considerable experience in linking simulation and testing to develop occupant protection systems and validate effectiveness.
  • Developed integrated vehicle model for comprehensive occupant safety analyses over a broad set of impact types and conditions.

Dr. Fadi Tahan, Research Assistant Professor

  • D.Sc., Transportation Safety Engineering, The George Washington University .
  • Research endeavors have focused on modeling vehicle rollovers for establishing protocols for dynamic rollover assessment, understanding influences of highway features on vehicle crashworthiness, and perform crash data analysis using NASS CDS.
  • Experience in developing and applying FE models in the automotive industry in Detroit (2005–2009).

Dan Brown, Research Associate and Manager of CCSA Vehicle Digitization Lab

  • B.A., Journalism, California State University of Sacramento.
  • Manages the Vehicle Modeling Lab which used reverse engineering processes for development of seven FE vehicle models.
  • Expertise in reverse engineering, automotive design, and FE geometry and meshing and material characterization.

Jason Mader, Computer Systems Manager

  • B.S. and M.S., Computer Science, The George Washington University.
  • Expertise in network, storage, and administration of high performance computing systems.
  • Optimized systems for simulation workflow, customized software and operating system installation, granular configuration, and focused on systems availability to minimize the interruption of long running computer simulation tasks.

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Stefano Dolci, Research Associate

  • M.S., Aeronautical Engineering, Politecnico di Milano (Italy).
  • He has 5 years of experience in the areas of computer simulation of structures, mathematical and analytical modeling, and testing for crash analysis.
  • Over the past 3 years, Stefano supervised various tests at the Federal Outdoor Impact Laboratory.

Cheriden Tellis, Administrative and Student Support

  • B.S., Psychology, University of Mary Washington.
  • Prior to working with CCSA, she worked as an administrative assistant for the Prince William Campus Executive Office of George Mason University.
  • Has worked for the University of Phoenix as a resource specialist.
  • Completed a recruiting/human resources internship with the Walt Disney Company in Orlando, Florida in 2008.

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Christopher Story, Senior Test Technician

  • Joined the Federal Outdoor Impact Laboratory in 2002, currently as the Senior Accredited Test Technician.
  • Expertise in preparing test vehicles and installing accelerometers, gyros, strain gauges, string pots, and data acquisition systems on vehicles and barriers for crash testing.
  • Experience in project management, such as installation of roadside and perimeter security barriers.
  • Responsible for maintaining and operating NAC high speed imaging and Messring vehicle propulsion systems.

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Michael Mosser, Test Technician

  • Joined the Federal Outdoor Impact Laboratory in 2004, currently as the Accredited Test Technician.
  • Expertise in fabricating, machining, and welding fixtures for full scale and component crash testing.
  • Experience in preparing test vehicles and installing accelerometers, gyros, strain gauges, string pots and data acquisition systems on vehicles and barriers for crash testing.
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