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The pages on this web site are brought to you by Dr. Alan German, a physicist residing in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. The material includes original research papers and published articles on various aspects of road and motor vehicle safety, most of which have a particular association with Canada. A brief biographical note on the author is provided below.

Dr. Alan German

Alan German is a research physicist who obtained both a BSc and a PhD from the University of Salford in the United Kingdom. For over 30 years he has been involved in the study of motor vehicle safety through a programme of in-depth investigations of real-world crashes.

Commencing his career as a Research Associate with the Multi-Disciplinary Accident Research Team at The University of Western Ontario, Alan retired as the Chief of the Collision Investigation and Research Division of Transport Canada's Road Safety and Motor Vehicle Regulation Directorate in 2007. He is a Past President and past Executive Director of the Canadian Association of Road Safety Professionals, and a past member of the Board of Directors of the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine.

His research interests include the collision performance of occupant restraint systems, collision investigation and reconstruction techniques, and the application of microcomputers to motor vehicle safety. He has authored or co-authored over a hundred publications on a variety of aspects of traffic safety. He was co-author of the paper "The Use of Event Data Recorders in the Analysis of Real-World Crashes" that received the inaugural Dr. Charles H. Miller Award for the best technical paper presented at the 12th. Canadian Multidisciplinary Road Safety Conference.

In 2001 Alan was presented with a U.S. Government Award for Safety Engineering Excellence, in 2006 was the recipient of a President's Choice Award from the Canadian Association of Technical Accident Investigators and Reconstructionists, and in 2011 received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Association of Road Safety Professionals.

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