Miriam A. Manary | Staff

Lead Research Engineer

University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, Room 426 2901 Baxter Rd. Ann Arbor, MI 48109


(734) 936-1108, fax (734) 647-3330


  • MS, Bioengineering, University of Michigan, 1994
  • BS, Biomedical Engineering, Tulane University, 1988

Research Interests/Areas of Expertise

Ms. Manary has conducted biomechanics and human factors research for the automotive industry.  Currently, her work focuses on wheelchair transportation safety and child passenger safety.  She has served as principal investigator on a number of research projects involving the collection and application of anthropometric and biomechanical data from volunteer subjects to determine the factors influencing occupant posture and position.  She has analyzed how public policy and regulation impact safety outcomes. She conducts and supervises sled impact evaluation of child restraints, transit wheelchairs, wheelchair securement systems, and wheelchair-occupant restraint systems. Ms. Manary is actively involved in national and international standards writing groups in her areas of expertise both as an author and chairperson.


  • 2013-present, Chair, RESNA Committee, Wheelchairs and Transportation
    2013-present, Board of Advisors, Transporting Students with Disabilities
  • 2013-present, State of Michigan Occupant Protection Assessment Team
  • 2010, Chair, Crash Data, National Congress on School Transportation
  • 2003-15, Co-Chair, SAE Child Restraint Standards Committee
  • 2002-present, Safe Ride News Editorial Board
  • 2001-13, Secretary, RESNA Committee on Wheelchairs and Transportation
  • 2000-present, US Expert ISO/TC22/SC12/WG1, Child Restraint Systems
  • 1999-present, SafeKids Volunteer, Child Seat Check Ups and Education
  • 1998-present, US Expert ISO/TC173/SC1/WG6, Wheelchair Transportation NHTSA-Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician Instructor I-0979
  • Co-Author, PMG Best Practice Guidelines, Wheelchairs and Transportation
  • Co-Author, RideSafe Brochure on Wheelchair Transportation Safety
  • Contributor to Multiple National Curricula and Best Practice Materials


  • UMTRI Research Excellence Award, 2007
  • Lloyd L. Withrow Distinguished Speaker Award, SAE, 2003
  • UMTRI Research Excellence Award, 2002
  • Myers Award, SAE, 1999


Midland, Michigan

Personal Interests/Hobbies

Travel, Hiking, Reading, Camping, Knitting

Additional Information

ORCID: 0000-0002-2696-5519