Clemson University Institute for Global Road Safety and Security

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

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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, Col. US Army Retired
Founder, Alpha Performance, LLC
Anderson, SC

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

Daniel J. Levy, MD
Child and Teen Wellness Center
District III Vice Chairman,
American Academy of Pediatrics
Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics,
University of Maryland
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics,
Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD

Lauren McCarter
President and CEO, McCarter Services, LLC
Columbia, SC

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

John D. Petersen
Professor of Chemistry and President, Emeritus University of Tennessee
Principal and Consultant, The Petersen Group
Chapel Hill, NC

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
Managing Partner,
Latta Park Enterprises, LLC
Former Chief Financial Officer
Petty Holdings, LLC
Charlotte, 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
President, Palmetto Profit Partners
Chapin, 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 News

32nd Annual 2015 Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA)
On Friday, June 10, 2016 IGRSS researchers will once again participate in the Annual Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) Conference an international student leadership program which is held each year at Erskine College campus in Due West, SC. this will be the 34th Annual RYLA Conference.

RYLA's primary purpose is to provide leadership training and skills to young people, as well as, personal growth and development through interaction with peers and outstanding business, political, and community leaders

Mark Peeler, Vice President Intercollegiate Athletics / Men’s Basketball Coach at Erskine College and RYLA Program Coordinator comments,

“We are fortunate to have our RYLA delegates experience this presentation by Dr. Alexander. It causes all of them to pause and think about the poor decisions made when getting behind the wheel of a car. There is no telling how many lives have been changed or saved by this presentation over the years. I don’t know that we have a more impactful presentation than this one every year at RYLA.”

The objectives are: Fundamentals of Leadership, Ethics of Positive Leadership, Importance of Communication Skills, Problem Solving and Conflict Management, Building Self Confidence and Self Esteem, and Service to the Community. Dr. Kim Alexander presented a risk perception workshop designed to offer specific strategies to decrease current and future risks associated with faulty decision making in traffic situations. Furthermore, Dr. Alexander and Dr. Pidgeon collected and analyzed data to determine the acquisition of safe driving knowledge and skills for participants of the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) leadership development program.


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 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.

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

Alcohol Awareness Month
May 2016

National Distracted Driving Awareness Month
May 2016

National Youth Traffic Safety Month
May 2016

Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month
May 2016

National Bicycle Safety Month
May 2016

EMS Week
May 15–21, 2016

Click It or Ticket Mobilization
May 11–25, 2016

Tire Safety Week
May 22–28, 2016

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards – Erskine College, Due West, SC
June 5–11, 2016

Ride to Work Day
June 20, 2016

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Mobilization
August 17–September 5, 2016

Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) Annual Meeting (Seattle, WA)
August 27–31, 2016

Drive Safely Work Week
October 3–7, 2016

National Teen Driver Safety Week
October 16–22, 2016

National Drunk & Drugged Driving Prevention Month (3D)
December 2016