Research Area Specialist Lead
Sheila Ebert is a Lead Research Area Specialist whoe jointed the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute in 2000. Ms. Ebert develops and implements research studies on vehicle ergonomics and vehicle occupant crash protection. Her responsibilities include supervising student and staff investigators, collaborating with faculty and technicians, designing and constructing research materials, developing methods and protocols, collecting, organizing, and analyzing data, and contributing to resulting publications. She has developed and carried out studies that include testing volunteers in passenger and commercial vehicles and in vehicle interior mockups that span a wide range of configurations including passenger, semi-truck, and novel military transport and combat vehicles. She has developed and carried out studies that safely and respectfully include test volunteers of many shapes and sizes who range in age from 1 to 95 years old. Ms. Ebert is currently on research teams that are investigating passenger posture and position during automated vehicle crash avoidance maneuvers and developing methods for studying passenger motion sickness and assessing driver state monitoring. She has co-authored over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles, conferences proceedings, and technical reports.