H. Clay Gabler named SAE Fellow

Clay Gabler & Kristofer Kusano

April 1, 2009 –

SBES is pleased to announce that Dr. H. Clay Gabler has been elected Fellow
of the Society of Automotive Engineering in April 2009. Dr. Gabler was
recognized by SAE for his pioneering contributions to automotive safety in
crash compatibility, side-impact protection, and the use of event data recorders
for crashworthiness research. His research has led to fundamental advances
in the understanding of injury risk in vehicle collisions. His technical paper
on light-truck aggressivity was instrumental in establishing the scientific
foundation on compatibility, which has led to industry-wide voluntary
agreements that will be phased in this year. The SAE Fellow Grade of
Membership was established as a prestigious and honorary grade bestowed
on individuals whose extraordinary leadership, engineering, or scientific
achievements have brought about meaningful advances in the various fields
of mobility engineering. Election to Fellow is an exceptional professional
In addition, Dr. Gabler led the research effort on vehicle upper interior/head
impact protection in side impact, which was enacted by the National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration into a federal law that is estimated will prevent
more than a thousand serious brain injuries each year in the U.S. He also
conducted the first studies on the use of event data recorder data to develop
new crash injury risk relationships, evaluate traditional crash reconstruction
techniques, and evaluate the performance of occupant restraints. Dr. Gabler has published one book and more than 100 technical papers. Among his
achievements are the Ralph H. Isbrandt Automotive Safety Engineering Award,
the SAE Lloyd L. Withrow Distinguished Speaker Award, the Ralph R. Teetor
Educational Award, and the NHTSA Superior Achievement Award. Dr. Gabler
earned his PhD in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Princeton
Dr. Clay Gabler is an Associate Professor of Mechanical and Biomedical
Engineering at Virginia Tech. Currently, Dr. Gabler serves as the Associate Head
of the Virginia Tech-Wake Forest School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences
and is a faculty member of the Center of Injury Biomechanics. His research
focus has expanded to include alcohol sensors in vehicles as a measure to
reduce drunk driving deaths.