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David J. LeBlanc

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Dr. David J. LeBlanc, associate research scientist, has been at UMTRI since 1999. Dr. LeBlanc's work focuses on the automatic and human control of motor vehicles, particularly the design and evaluation of driver assistance systems. He is currently the program manager of the Road Departure Crash Warning System Field Operational Test, which is a project operated under a cooperative agreement with the U.S. DOT under the Intelligent Vehicle Initiative. He is the author of several publications in the area of vehicle dynamics and automotive crash-warning systems.

Before joining UMTRI, Dr. LeBlanc worked with the Ford-GM Crash Avoidance Metrics Partnership for two years, and previously was a postdoctoral fellow with the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics at the University of Michigan. He also has industry experience with Hughes Aircraft. He possesses a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering from the University of Michigan, and master's and bachelor's degrees in mechanical engineering from Purdue University.