Miriam A. Manary
Miriam A. Manary, Lead Engineer in Research in the Biosciences Group, joined UMTRI in 1988 and holds a BSE in biomedical engineering from Tulane University and an MSE in bioengineering from the University of Michigan.
Ms. Manary's research focuses on the fields of wheelchair transportation safety, child passenger safety, occupant protection, vehicle ergonomics, and occupant accommodation. She has served as principal investigator on a number of research projects including research and development tasks for the RERC on Wheelchair Transportation Safety (WTS). She conducts and supervises sled-impact evaluation of child restraints, wheelchairs, wheelchair-securement systems, and wheelchair-occupant restraint systems, and is an international expert on these topics. She also has experience in the collection and application of anthropometric and biomechanical data from volunteer subjects to determine the factors influencing occupant posture and position. Her research efforts have given her experience in the analysis of motor-vehicle crashes events, crash dummy design, injury criteria development, occupant-anthropometry and posture qualification, engineering analysis of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS), child-passenger-safety issues evaluation, factors affecting child restraint installation errors, and a variety of issues in wheelchair transportation safety.
Currently, Ms. Manary is the Chair of the RESNA Committee on Wheelchairs and Transportation and led the efforts for the 2012 and 2017 revisions of the RESNA WTS Standards on Wheelchairs and Transportation. She often serves as the head of delegation for the US on ISO TC173/SC1/WG6 and has led the development efforts on ISO 7176-19 Wheelchairs Used as Seats in Motor Vehicles and ISO 10542-1 Wheelchair Tiedowns and Occupant Restraint Systems. She also participates in SAE and ISO committees focused on child restraints. Ms. Manary is an instructor for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s training curriculum for child-passenger-safety technicians.