Matthew P. Reed | Faculty

Don B. Chaffin Collegiate Research Professor; Head, Biosciences Group

University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, Room 421 2901 Baxter Rd. Ann Arbor, MI 48109

(734) 936-1111, fax (734) 647-3330

Additional Appointments

  • Research Professor, Center for Ergonomics, Industrial and Operations Engineering
  • Research Professor and Program Chair, Design Science, Integrative Systems + Design; U-M College of Engineering


  • PhD, Industrial and Operations Engineering, University of Michigan, 1998
  • MS, Industrial and Operations Engineering, University of Michigan, 1993
  • BS, Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, 1989

Research Interests/Areas of Expertise/Responsibilities

Dr. Reed’s research focuses on vehicle safety, engineering anthropometry, and ergonomics. He has conducted research on occupant restraint systems, emphasizing restraint system optimization, crash dummy development, and computational modeling of vehicle occupants. He has developed tools for the ergonomic design of vehicle interiors, including widely used posture prediction and motion simulation algorithms for use with digital human figure models. He has conducted extensive research in engineering anthropometry and modeling of human anatomy. He is an author of more than 300 publications relating to humans in engineered systems. He has conducted research with a wide range of industry and government partners, including extensive work with major auto manufacturers and the U.S. Army.  


  • Lloyd L. Withrow Distinguished Speaker Award,Society of Automotive Engineers, 1997, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2010, 2020
  • Ted Kennedy Family Faculty Team Excellent Award, College of Engineering (joint with 20 other faculty in the Automotive Research Center), 2020
  • SAE Meetings Board Outstanding Oral Presentation Award, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2005 (x3), 2006, 2008, 2009, 2016, 2018, 2019 (x2)
  • Arnold W. Siegel International Transportation Safety Award, SAE International. This award recognizes individuals whose accomplishments include outstanding international research, innovation and contributions to crash injury protection, biomechanics, and design, 2018
  • Don B. Chaffin Collegiate Research Professorship. The collegiate research professorship is the highest honor awarded by the U-M to research faculty, given for “exceptional scholarly achievement and impact on advancing knowledge”, 2016
  • Best Oral Presentation, Fourth International Digital Human Modeling Symposium, 2016
  • Best Paper Award – Ground Vehicle Systems Engineering and Technology Symposium (co-author), 2015
  • UMTRI Research Excellence Award, 2015
  • Mimics Innovation Award, Best Article Award: 1st Place in North & South America, Materialise (co-author), 2015.
  • U.S. Department of Transportation Special Award of Appreciation for outstanding leadership and special contributions in the field of motor vehicle safety, 2015
  • John Paul Stapp Award for Best Paper at the 58th Stapp Car Crash Conference (co-author), 2014
  • Applied Research Award, 3rd International Digital Human Modeling Symposium, 2014
  • John Paul Stapp Award for Best Paper at the 57rd Stapp Car Crash Conference (co-author), 2013
  • Huang Shilin Memorial Award for Distinguished Paper on Vehicle Safety, China Conference of Automotive Safety Technology, SAE China (co-author), 2013
  • Fellow, SAE International, 2010
  • General Motors Most Valuable Colleague Award, 2010
  • John Paul Stapp Award for Best Paper at the 53rd Stapp Car Crash Conference (co-author), 2010
  • Ralph H. Isbrandt Auto Safety Engineering Award, Society of Automotive Engineers, 1994, 2004
  • Arch T. Colwell Award for Outstanding Technical Merit, Society of Automotive Engineers, 2003, 2006
  • Myers Award for Outstanding Student Paper, Society of Automotive Engineers, 1999
  • Automotive and Transportation Interiors Scholarship, 1995
  • Link Foundation Fellowship in Simulation and Training, 1993


  • Member, SAE Human Accommodation and Design Devices Committee
  • Member, SAE Driver Vision Standards Committee
  • Member, SAE Truck and Bus Human Factors Committee

Student Engagement

Students interested in working with Dr. Reed should visit his website.

Additional Information

Dr. Reed's Website

ORCID: 0000-0001-6650-0727

Scopus: 740180023

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