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Reed assumes leadership of UMTRI Biosciences Group

August 17, 2011

Research associate professor Matthew Reed has become head of UMTRI's Biosciences Group, effective September 1. He replaces research professor Larry Schneider, who has served as head of UMTRI Biosciences for more than twenty-five years.

Reed has been with UMTRI Biosciences since 1989. He leads significant research programs both at UMTRI and in U-M's Industrial and Operations Engineering (IOE) Department, where he directs the Human Motion Simulation Laboratory.

"Matt's leadership and mentoring skills have been well honed in Biosciences, and he plays an important role on the UMTRI Executive Committee," said UMTRI director Peter Sweatman. "I know that Matt has the full support of the Biosciences Group, and that the transition in leadership will be seamless."

Reed's research interests focus on occupant protection and physical ergonomics for road vehicles. He has conducted research on restraint systems, emphasizing investigation of airbag-induced injuries, crash-dummy positioning procedures, and child passenger safety. He has developed tools for the ergonomic design of vehicle interiors, including posture prediction and motion simulation algorithms for use with digital human-figure models.

Larry Schneider will continue his affiliation with Biosciences and will also continue to serve as UMTRI's Associate Director for Faculty Development. In that capacity, he will continue to serve on UMTRI's Executive and Advisory Committee. He will also continue to chair UMTRI's Faculty Development and Promotion Subcommittee and UMTRI's Administration Subcommittee.