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Kathleen DeSantis Klinich

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Associate Director, Transportation Research Institute

Associate Research Scientist, Biosciences Group





  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan
  • M. S. Mechanical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University
  • B. S. Mechanical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University
  • B. A. English, Case Western Reserve University

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Dr. Klinich has 29 years of experience performing research on how to protect occupants in motor-vehicle crashes, particularly child passengers. She has experience in the analysis of motor-vehicle crashes and crash databases, crash dummy design, laboratory reconstruction of real-world loading events, injury criteria development, occupant-anthropometry and posture evaluation, engineering analysis of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS), child-passenger-safety issues evaluation, and finite element modeling.  Her most recent research efforts have focused on wheelchair transportation safety issues and autonomous vehicles, assessing factors contributing to motor-vehicle fatalities, and analysis of crash data to guide future safety priorities.


Dr. Klinich serves on the SAE Dummy Testing Equipment Committee, the SAE Child Restraint Systems Committee, and the IRCOBI Technical Committee.  She is a certified CPS Technician.  At UMTRI, she chairs the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee and serves as the DEI Department Lead. 

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Google Scholar Citations



Rating child passenger safety laws relative to best practice recommendations for occupant protection
Klinich KD, Benedetti M, Manary MA, Flannagan CA

journal article Traffic Injury Prevention


State laws regarding child passenger protection vary...

Potential safety effects of low-mass vehicles with comprehensive crash avoidance technology
Kathleen D. Klinich, Carol A. C. Flannagan, Jingwen Hu, Matthew P. Reed

conference paper IRCOBI Conference