Clemson University Institute for Global Road Safety and Security

Institute for Global Road Safety and Security (CU-IGRSS)

IGRSS Advancement Board

Ralph D. Elliott - Chairman
Director, ESMI
Vice Provost and Professor
of Economics, Emeritus
Clemson University
Clemson, SC

Lawrence R. Allen
Professor and Dean, Emeritus
Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management
College of Health, Education, and Human Development
Clemson University
Clemson, SC
Senior Fellow, IGRSS

Melissa V. Avery, MD, MMM, FAAFP, CPE, FACPE
Physician, Family Medicine
Georgetown, KY

Dori Baumwart
CEO, Metalifics, LLC
Greenville, SC

A. Neill Cameron
Vice President for Advancement
Clemson University
Clemson, SC
Senior Fellow, IGRSS

Gregory K. Clodfelter
Founder, Alpha Performance, LLC
Anderson, SC

Timothy Finigan
Senior Director Performance Technology,
Operations & Maintenance,
Fluor Corporation
Greenville, SC

Michael G. Mino
CEO, PropertyBoss Solutions, LLC
Greenville, SC

J. Bruce Rafert
Professor of Physics and Provost, Emeritus
North Dakota State University
UGPTI, Transportation Safety Systems Center
Lakewood, CO
Senior Fellow, IGRSS

Kenneth B. Rogich
Chief Financial Officer
Petty Holdings, LLC
Concord, NC

Kevin A. Shwedo, Col. US Army Retired
Executive Director, SCDMV
Columbia, SC

Thomas E. Simpson, MD, FACS
Physician, General Surgery
Winston-Salem, NC

Jim Smith
Executive Vice President, Emeritus
Wells Fargo & Company
Greenville, SC

Tony Stidham
CFO, Owen Steel Company
Columbia, SC

Nick A. Theodore
Lt. Governor, Emeritus
of South Carolina
Greenville, SC

Curtis L. Thomas
Former Deputy Director,
SCDPS’s State Police
President, Carolina-Thomas Business Group, LLC
Columbia, SC

Terecia W. Wilson
Director of Safety, SCDOT, Emeritus
Prosperity, SC
Senior Fellow, IGRSS

Welcome to the Clemson University Institute for Global Road Safety and Security (CU-IGRSS). We appreciate you visiting our site and taking the time to learn more about our institute.


IGRSS researchers published the results of a research study in the Journal of Automobile Engineering on the validation of a fixed-base automotive simulator for run-off-road safety and recovery training. For more information, see Publications link.

William (Xinran) Tao, Thomas (Tian) Wang, and Julio Rodriguez William (Xinran) Tao, Thomas (Tian) Wang, and Julio Rodriguez at the 2015 SAE Congress in Detroit, Michigan.

IGRSS researchers and graduate student presented the results of two studies regarding a military safe driving program and a portable driving performance system at SAE 2015 World Congress in Detroit, MI on April 21-23. For more information, see Publications link.

On Saturday, April 4, 2015, IGRSS presented interactive exhibit at the iMAGINE Upstate Festival in downtown Greenville. iMAGINE Upstate ( http://www.imagineupstate.org/) was a week-long celebration and showcase around STEM, innovation, creative & entrepreneurial activity in the Upstate held March 28th – April 4th 2015. The IGRSS interactive exhibit included the #43 U.S. Air Force / Richard Petty Motorsports Ford driven by Aric Almirola for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. This cutaway model provided participants an inside view of the workings of a racecar. Through a partnership with IGRSS, this car is presented in conjunction with the Petty Safe Driving Program.

Teen drivers participated in a two-day Petty Safe Driving Program event at the Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas which was presented by State Farm on October 18-19, 2014.  Read the article in The Kansas City Star: http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article3078576.html. Also, for a gallery of photos, see http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article3079658.html). Watch a news video of the event: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PN7E0JUgDcQ#t=10

Human Vehicle Chart

As a “niche” area of Clemson University’s Automotive and Transportation Technology emphasis area, CU-IGRSS is a research institute affiliated with the College of Engineering and Science and the office of the Vice President of Research. The Institute is the safety research and education component of the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research. In 2002, CU-IGRSS was approved as a new program for Clemson University by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education.

The interdisciplinary community of CU-IGRSS researchers produces knowledge that leads to new and more effective ways of improving the safety of the automotive and transportation environment by developing evidence-based countermeasures and products. The institute's unique structure addresses complex and interconnected challenges of the future of automotive transportation safety where it is no longer possible for these issues to be solved in a single discipline or profession.

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Upcoming Events

National Distracted Driving Awareness Month
Alcohol Awareness Month
April (Entire Month)

IGRSS Advancement Board Spring Meeting, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, NC
April 17, 2015

National Youth Traffic Safety Month
Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month
National Bicycle Month (Safety)
May (Entire Month)

Third UN Global Road Safety Week: 'Children and road safety'
May 4 – 10, 2015

EMS Week
May 17–23, 2015

Click It or Ticket Mobilization
May 18–31, 2015

Ride to Work Day
June 15, 2015

National Stop on Red Week
August 2—September 8, 2015

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over
August 21—September 7, 2015

Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) Annual Meeting (Nashville, TN)
August 30—September 2, 2015

Child Passenger Safety Week
September 13—19, 2015

National Seat Check Saturday
September 19, 2015

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