KSC offers an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students as well as practicing engineers to perform real crash safety tests and gather critical data. 

A dedicated computer and community classroom allows the center to provide seating for up to 40 students and provides them an ability to perform virtual crash testing and complete testing data analysis.


Janet Brelin-Fornari, PhD, PE - Crash Safety Center Director

Dr. Janet Brelin-Fornari, professor of Mechanical Engineering. Dr. Fornari earned her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in Mechanical Engineering, and has expertise in dynamic systems and controls, crash safety, biomechanics, and accident reconstruction.

jfornari@kettering.edu          (810)762-7843

Patrick Atkinson, PhD

Dr. Patrick Atkinson, professor of Mechanical Engineering. Dr. Atkinson earned his Ph.D. from Michigan State University in Mechanical Engineering, with expertise in bioengineering, crash safety, orthopaedics, and solid mechanics.

patkinso@kettering.edu          (810)762-9515

Massoud Tavakoli

Dr. Massoud S. Tavakoli, professor of Mechanical Engineering. Dr. Tavakoli earned his Ph.D. from Ohio State University in Mechanical Engineering, with expertise in product design and safety and vehicle collision reconstruction.

mtavakol@kettering.edu          (810)762-7922

Craig Hoff, PhD, PE

Dr. Craig J. Hoff, professor of Mechanical Engineering. Dr. Hoff earned his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in Mechanical Engineering, with expertise in automotive powertrains (conventional, hybrid electric, fuel cell), in-vehicle data acquisition, design for the environment, and thermal and mechanical design.

choff@kettering.edu          (810)762-9856

Bahram Roughani, PhD

Dr. Bahram Roughani, head of the Physics Department. Dr. Roughani earned his Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati, with expertise in Raman spectroscopy, optical and advanced characterization of electronic materials, nano-structured materials, and superconductors.

broughan@kettering.edu          (810)762-7499

Dan Ludwigsen, PhD

Dr. Daniel Ludwigsen, associate professor of Applied Physics and acoustics. Dr. Ludwigsen earned his Ph.D. from Brigham Young University in Physics and Musical Acoustics, with expertise in underwater acoustics, African instruments and acoustic resonators, brass instruments, noise and vibration.

dludwigs@kettering.edu          (810)762-7488

Terri Lynch-Caris, PhD, PE

Dr. Terri Lynch-Caris, associate professor of Industrial Engineering. Dr. Lynch-Caris earned her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in Industrial and Operations Engineering.

tlynch@kettering.edu          (810)762-9859


  • Sheryl Janca
Research Engineer
  • Clint Lee
Senior Lab Coordinator
  • Dave Szymanski
Instrumentation Technician
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