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NHTSA names U-M professor to new safety system team

Industrial Operations Engineering professor Jim Bagian has been appointed to a new Safety System Team at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).| Short Read
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U-M Industrial Operations Engineering professor Jim Bagian has been appointed to a new Safety System Team at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Formed in the wake of the General Motors ignition switch recall, the three-member team aims to make NHTSA more effective by guiding and validating strategy, tactics and actions.

United States Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx said the team, composed entirely of outside experts, will spend the next year advising the agency on implementation of the changes outlined in the “Path Forward” report created in response to the recall.

“With the SST, we are enlisting three of the most experienced and knowledgeable safety professionals in the world to help us implement these changes,” Foxx said in a NHTSA news release. “And with the Risk Control Innovations Program, we are breaking down stovepipes and reaching into offices from across NHTSA to address safety risks.”

Bagian is a mechanical engineer and a medical doctor by training. He is also a clinical professor of engineering at U-M, the director of the U-M Center for Healthcare Engineering and Patient Safety (CHEPS) and an astronaut who flew two NASA space shuttle missions. Bagian is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the Institute of Medicine.

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