In the Driver's Seat

Oct 14, 2005

A Kettering professor is at the helm of Michigan's new Driver's Education legislation.

Dr. Jacqueline El-Sayed, associate professor of Mechanical Engineering, was appointed chair of Michigan's Driver's Education Advisory Committee by Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land this summer. Her 11-member committee, comprised of both the private and public sectors, along with law enforcement, is working closely with Department of State staff. El-Sayed said that Michigan legislators had previously moved responsibility for Driver's Ed to the Department of State (from the Department of Education).

The charge for her committee is to decide what should be in Michigan's new Driver's Ed legislation and work with Department of State attorneys to get the legislation written and approved before October 2006. "At our kick off meeting in mid- June, Secretary Land told us that she wants Michigan's Driver's Ed to be the 'best in the country,' and she wants us to think 'outside of the box,'" said El-Sayed. She intends for her committee's work will be wrapped up by the end of October, so the report can be presented to Secretary Land in early November.

Written by Dawn Hibbard
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