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Jacqueline G. Paver, PhD, President

Dr. Paver earned her Ph. D. in Biomedical Engineering from Duke University and has been testifying for more than 30 years. Dr. Paver performs biomechanical analyses of vehicular, industrial, and recreational accidents and provides expert testimony in deposition, arbitration, and trial. She conducts full-scale car crash tests that address collision severity, occupant responses, restraint system effectiveness, and injury potential. She has also performed biomechanical analyses of catastrophic head and spinal injuries in rollover and other vehicular accidents, as well as pool/ocean diving accidents with similar injury potential.

Susie Bozzini, CEO

Susie Bozzini has worked in the field of automotive safety research and development for past 15 years. She was a developer of the M216 and Jordan Rollover System (JRS) rollover test fixture, which can be seen at She developed the HALO Rollover Occupant Protection System for weak-roofed vehicles to save lives in rollover accidents; The HALO is available for light and heavy trucks and SUV's. She is consulting with major mining company to develop risk assessment for transportation guidelines and intra-company standards.

Keith Friedman, Board Member

Keith Friedman has been in the field of research and development of transportation safety for more than 40 years and currently is president of Friedman Research Corporation (FRC), with offices in Austin, Texas and Santa Barbara, California. FRC conducts research on leading-edge problems in protecting people and structures under impact and blast conditions with the vision of supporting manufacturers and suppliers in the development of new products and design approaches.

Tribute to Donald Friedman, Founder

Professionally, Don is respected internationally for his accomplishments. Don identified his life's most significant contributions to technology. He, as principal or with a team, designed, developed and produced: the periscope system for the Nautilus, the first nuclear submarine; a high-performance electric drive; the infrared seeker and guidance control for the Sidewinder missile, which was the first airplane-mounted missile able to track a target and shoot it down and instrumental weapontry in the Korean war; the 3 Lunar Rovers that landed on the moon, unfolded their wheels and traversed the lunar surface; the Minicars Transit and Car Rental System; experimental, research, large and electronic research safety vehicles; a dynamic dummy-occupied full-scale vehicle rollover crash test fixture (JRS) and quasistatic full-scale vehicle roof strength test fixture (M216); the HALOTM, rollover protective systems for light truck vehicles used in, for example, the mining industry; and proofs of electronic drive-by-wire system algorithm defects. Don was a pioneer of vehicle crashworthiness and occupant safety research and testing, saving thousands of lives. He authored more than 150 technical papers and 7 patents, and testified before Congress on numerous occasions. He is responsible in part for more strict government vehicle safety standards. In his last 30 years, Don testified in more than 1,000 personal injury and product liability cases; he helped win landmark cases against major vehicle manufacturers that forced recalls and safety improvements.

Through our studies and research projects we gain insight in to how occupants are injured in collisions and roll-over accidents. In addition, we regularly collaborate with Universities, Research Organizations and other advocates in similar or related fields to share information and disseminate its research.

CfIR would like to thank the Automotive Safety Research Institute, Center for Auto Safety, and the Santos Family Foundation for their contributions and support to our research. CfIR would also like to thank State Farm Insurance for their donations of testing vehicles for our recent study.

On September 1st, the IRS, after reviewing the last 5 years of research done by CfIR, granted a reclassification to General Scientific Non-Profit Organization with charitable contribution acceptability. CfIR’s work to educate the public about automotive safety has been at the forefront of the company’s diligent efforts. Their work with Center for Auto Safety in Washington, DC, the Santos Family Foundation and State Farm Insurance and their current project with Automotive Safety Research Institute have established CfIR as a scientific safety testing organization with the ability to serve the public.

One of CfIR’s goals is to disseminate critical information to the Automobile Insurance Industry to assist in their ability to analyze risk in insuring various automobiles and eventually work in collaboration with government safety agencies to increase awareness to both the public and automobile manufacturers. CfIR’s continued efforts to educate will focus on reaching out to University and High School students looking for internships and community service hours. We will continue to provide educational seminars to parents in the community to become more aware of automotive safety and options for vehicles purchased for both themselves and their teenagers. CfIR publishes its scientific research and makes it available to the public through conference papers, lectures, and on the web.