Kathleen DeSantis Klinich

Kathleen D. Klinich

Research Scientist



2901 Baxter Rd. Rm 427 2901 Arbor, MI 48109


(734) 764-1113

fax: 734-647-3330

Primary Website
Dr. Klinich’s website

Additional Appointments





Research Interests

Dr. Klinich has 33 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 Child Passenger Safety Technician, and is a board member of Safe Ride News.  At UMTRI, she chairs the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee, serves as the DEI Department Lead, and is a member of the UMTRI Executive and Faculty Development Committees.


Key Projects

Student Engagement

In her past role as associate director, Dr. Klinich has led efforts to increase student engagement at UMTRI. This work has included organizing student seminars, managing the SURE and MEDC internship programs, tracking student researchers, and participating in discussions regarding experiential learning for engineering students.

Dr. Klinich also regularly supervises undergraduate students who work on her research projects.


Seven Hills, OH

Personal Interests/Hobbies

Reading, gardening, movies, sewing, crafting, travel, Sporcle

Additional Information

Dr. Klinich’s Website

TravelSafer.org, DEI.umtri.umich.edu, CPSBestPractice.org

ORCID:  0000-0002-4835-1219, Scopus:  6507591997, Google Scholar