Dean Sicking, Ph.D., one of the developers of the Steel and Foam Energy Reduction (SAFER) barriers that are used on NASCAR and IRL racetrack walls around the  world, will be named associate vice president of product development and professor in the School of Engineering at the University of Alabama at Birmingham on Oct. 3, 2012.

“Dean Sicking is an internationally respected authority on highway safety research whose work has saved countless lives,” says Richard Marchase, Ph.D., interim president of UAB. “He literally wrote the industry standards that the National Cooperative Highway Research Program set for safety performance evaluation — just one instance of his expertise and leadership in this field — and we are thrilled to have him join our team.”

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