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 supported the development of a complete side impact crashworthiness requirement. He is currently involved in the development of an oblique impact requirement, promoting the use of Modeling and Simulation in certification projects, the development of system level crashworthiness requirements for all aircraft types, the incorporation of new materials and designs into aircraft from a crashworthiness perspective. He sponsors workshops and training on both seat dynamic impact testing methods and application of analytical methods.. 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
  • Aerospace Medical Association
  • ASTM International
Industry and government awards:
  • 2014 Outstanding Engineer of the Year, Affiliate Societies Council of Dayton
  • 2013 SAFE Wright-Brothers Chapter Presidents Award
  • 2012 Patent for safety technology in seat cushions
  • 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