GM Safety Engineers Study Crash Injuries At U-M Hospital

Posted Aug 16, 2012

Safety engineers at General Motors have advanced crash test methods by witnesses the surgeries and other medical procedures from crash-related injuries at the University of Michigan Hospital. GM’s collaboration with the University of Michigan International Center of Automotive Medicine (ICAM) in the last decade has resulted in 25 GM safety employees participating in ICAM’s Technical Fellowship for Engineers.

GM crash test engineer Barbara Bunn, vehicle safety performance engineer Suzanne Kayser, and senior field performance assessment engineer Mike Haldenwanger spends one day each week at ICAM’s research labs at the U of M hospital in Ann Arbor.

For the 2012 model year, about 14 Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick, and GMC vehicles were named 2012 Top Safety Picks from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

?It truly is collaborative work,? said Dr. Stewart Wang, the founding director of the and head of U of M’s Program for Injury Research and Education. ?GM?s engineers are the best at what they do and we learn a great deal from them. With all my experience as a researcher, they?ve really pushed me to up my game by demanding mathematically specific injury data that can serve as the basis for new test methodologies and occupant protection solutions.?

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