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Hoehn Engineering Building 171
(205) 934-8492

Office Hours: By appointment

Research and Teaching Interests:Safety Product Development, Impact Energy Management, Human Tolerance for Impact, Computational Mechanics

  • B.S., Texas A&M University, Mechanical Engineering
  • M.S., Texas A&M University, Civil Engineering
  • Ph.D., Texas A&M University, Civil Engineering

Dean Sicking’s primary research interest is impact energy management. He has applied this research in the development of numerous safety features for highways, race tracks, sporting venues and helmets. Dr. Sicking’s has gained international acclaim for developing paradigm shifting safety features for highways and racetracks. His most recognized design is the SAFER Barrier that hass been implemented by NASCAR, Indy Car, Formula 1, and Le Mans. During the 14 seasons since the barrier was installed on all high speed NASCAR tracks, no drivers have been killed while they were inside the race car. Prior to the advent of the SAFER Barrier, NASCAR experienced more than 1 fatality per year arising from impact with the outer concrete barrier. Dr. Sicking also produced numerous innovations for highways that have reduced countless fatal crashes along highways across the globe. Dr. Sicking’s safety products have accounted for more than $1.5 billion in global sales.

Dean has received numerous national and international awards, including the national and international awards for his safety innovations, including the National Medal of Technology and Innovation from President George W. Bush.

His teaching interests include design and solid mechanics courses at both graduate and undergraduate levels. Dr. Sicking is an Emeritus Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln He is also an Emeritus member of the Transportation Research Board Committee on Roadside Safety Design.

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