Kathleen DeSantis Klinich
Associate Director, Transportation Research Institute
Associate Research Scientist, Biosciences Group
- Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan
- M. S. Mechanical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University
- B. S. Mechanical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University
- B. A. English, Case Western Reserve University
Dr. Klinich has 29 years of experience performing research on how to protect occupants in motor-vehicle crashes, particularly child passengers. She has experience in the analysis of motor-vehicle crashes and crash databases, crash dummy design, laboratory reconstruction of real-world loading events, injury criteria development, occupant-anthropometry and posture evaluation, engineering analysis of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS), child-passenger-safety issues evaluation, and finite element modeling. Her most recent research efforts have focused on wheelchair transportation safety issues and autonomous vehicles, assessing factors contributing to motor-vehicle fatalities, and analysis of crash data to guide future safety priorities.
Dr. Klinich serves on the SAE Dummy Testing Equipment Committee, the SAE Child Restraint Systems Committee, and the IRCOBI Technical Committee. She is a certified CPS Technician. At UMTRI, she chairs the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee and serves as the DEI Department Lead.
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Klinich KD, Benedetti M, Manary MA, Flannagan CA
journal article Traffic Injury Prevention
State laws regarding child passenger protection vary...
Kathleen D. Klinich, Carol A. C. Flannagan, Jingwen Hu, Matthew P. Reed
conference paper IRCOBI Conference