Chief Scientific and Technical Advisor for Crash Dynamics

Dr. Joseph Pellettiere spent over 17 years working for the United States Air Force as a part of the Air Force Research Laboratory in the Human Effectiveness directorate. While working for AFRL, he lead many research programs including the effects of helmet supported mass, the development of tensile neck injury criteria, and the development of modeling and simulation tools for crash safety. He supported several accident investigation boards and large acquisition programs such as the joint strike fighter.

Dr. Pellettiere has been the Air Force focal point for many collaborative programs including the original Seat Certification by Analysis, the Joint Cockpit Airbag System, and the Full Spectrum Crashworthiness for rotorcraft.

At the FAA, Dr. Pellettiere is supporting the development of a complete side impact crashworthiness requirement as well as an oblique impact requirement. He has also supported transport, rotorcraft and small airplane certification programs.

Member, professional organizations and societies:
  • Society of Automotive Engineers, member of the SEAT team
  • American Helicopter Society, member of the Crash Safety Group
  • SAFE Association, Wright-Brothers Chapter
Industry and government awards:
  • 2011 John Paul Stapp Award, Aerospace Medical Association
  • 2006 Society of Automotive Engineers, Excellence in Oral Presentation
  • 2003 A. Howard Hasbrook Award, Aerospace Medical Association
  • 2003 SAFE Association Team Achievement
Academic achievements:
  • Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Virginia
  • MS in Mechanical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University
  • BS in Biomedical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University