5th Anniversary

Aug 23, 2010

Kettering's Crash Safety Center turned five with a bang - and a crash (test that is)!

Even SpartaKUs, the crash-test dummy, was in a party mood!

Kettering University celebrated the 5th anniversary of its Crash Safety Center during events Tuesday, Aug. 24.  University President Stan Liberty opened the celebration at 11 a.m. and sent the sled crashing into the barrier at 11:15 a.m.  Then, the sled ran at noon, 12:30, 1:00 and the last run was at 1:30 p.m.

Friends, families, corporate partners, Crash Safety Advisory Board members and even some alumni showed up to help celebrate the Crash Safety Center's first five years. 

Kettering’s Crash Safety Center is run by Dr. Janet Brelin-Fornari, professor of Mechanical Engineering.

Accomplishments of the Crash Safety Center in the past five years include: 

  • Lessons learned at the Crash Safety Center have been incorporated into the enrichment of Kettering’s undergraduate courses;
  • Research successes have strengthened Kettering’s partnerships with industry and the military;
  • Pediatric occupant protection has been advanced – especially in the development of new side-impact standards for child seats;
  • Families whose children are in body casts have learned how to transport their loved ones more safely;
  • And the ongoing training of child-seat checkers and child-seat technicians are helping to keep the next generation safe.


See video coverage of the celebration at:

WJRT TV 12: http://abclocal.go.com/wjrt/story?section=news/local&id=7626775
WNEM TV 5: http://www.wnem.com/news/24746866/detail.html