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Matt Reed named Don B. Chaffin Collegiate Research Professor

July 22, 2016

Matthew P. Reed, head of UMTRI's Biosciences Group has been named Don B. Chaffin Collegiate Research Professor. This is a renewable position, effective September 1, 2016, through August 31, 2021. Established in June 2016, the Don B. Chaffin Collegiate Research Professorship is awarded in recognition of exceptional scholarly achievement and impact on advancing knowledge in science, engineering, health, education, the arts, humanities, or other academic fields of study.

Professor Reed received his BSE in mechanical engineering in 1989, his MSE in industrial and operations engineering in 1993, and his PhD in industrial and operations engineering in 1998 from the University of Michigan. During his long career at the University of Michigan, he has established himself as a world leader in the study of vehicle occupant body shape and posture and is responsible for major innovations in his field that have improved the safety and comfort of millions of people. Early on, he established the statistical and biomechanical models that are the basis of all software packages used for vehicle occupant compartment design and have become the global standard for occupant compartment layout. More recently, he has led cutting edge work on the effective and efficient statistical modeling of a wide variety body shapes and characteristics. In the course of his research, he has published more than 130 articles in top journals with collaborators from around the world, and he has received multiple prestigious awards in recognition of his contributions to his field.

Don Chaffin, who retired from U-M in 2007, is the R.G. Snyder Distinguished University Professor (Emeritus) in Industrial and Operations Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, and Environmental Health Sciences. He served as Chair of the Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering from 1977 to 1981, and Director of the Center for Ergonomics from 1981 to 1998.  In 1998 he founded the Human Motion Simulation Laboratory in the Center for Ergonomics and directed it until his retirement in 2007.