Has overall management responsibility for the administrative and technical operations of DRI. This includes overseeing the areas of Corporate Affairs, Finance, Facilities, Strategic Planning, Marketing, and Human Resources.
Is involved in the areas of vehicle dynamics and control; including handling, stability, braking, and ride characteristics for automobiles, motorcycles, ATVs, SUVs, and other vehicles.
Specializes in mathematical modeling and computer simulation in the areas of vehicle dynamics, occupant protection, restraint systems and crashworthiness. Has also assisted in the development of motorcycle crash test and computer simulation methodologies that have been codified in an ISO Standard.
Dr. Terry Smith
Is the DRI Human Factors Program Manager. Terry also focuses on the application of injury biomechanics to accident investigation, crashworthiness-related occupant protection, and automotive product safety evaluation.
Mike Van Auken
Is involved in technical activities related primarily to the areas of vehicle dynamics and control, and vehicle crashworthiness; including ride characteristics, handling, and occupant injury assessment for automobiles, motorcycles, and ATVs. This has included data analysis, mathematical modeling, computer simulation, and interpretation of results; as well as full scale and component testing and model validation.
Responsible for all aspects of the Driving Simulators, including hardware maintenance and upgrades, general facility, and most importantly the software used in the simulators. DRI has designed and developed virtually all the software we use, as well as integrating customer software or 3rd party software as required.
Primary activities include the design, development, and application of specialty test devices and instrumentation to support full-scale vehicle and laboratory testing, particularly with regard to testing Advanced Driver Assist Systems (ADAS). Was responsible for the design of the Guided Soft Target (GST) system, including structural design, Guidance Navigation and Control (GNC), propulsion, and other systems. Supported the design and development of customer ground vehicle simulators, including a motion system for a car simulator and the cab for a large military vehicle simulator.
Involved in the development and application of Advanced Crash Avoidance Technology (ACAT) assessment methodology. This has included the development of the control and algorithm design for the Guided Soft Target crash test system, and the development and application of reconstruction methodology for head-on crashes including ACAT system factors.