NCAC Faculty

Dr. Azim Eskandarian Azim Eskandarian, D.Sc.
Director, National Crash Analysis Center
Professor of Engineering and Applied Science
Director, Center for Intelligent Systems Research (CISR)
Director, Transportation Safety and Security (a selected area of Academic Excellence at GW)

Dr. Eskandarian served as NCAC director from 1997 to 2002, where he contributed to advancing technologies in highway and vehicle safety engineering. As Director of CISR, his research focuses on intelligent transportation for future automotive and highway safety systems. He is conducting leading research in neural networks and intelligent systems for vehicle collision avoidance, intelligent driver assistance and autonomous vehicle controls. Previously, Dr. Eskandarian was an assistant professor at Pennsylvania State University — York Campus. He has also held engineering and management positions in the transportation and defense industries.

Dr. Eskandarian earned a B.S. and D.Sc. in mechanical engineering from The George Washington University and an M.S. in mechanical engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Dr. Kennerly H. Digges Kennerly H. Digges, Ph.D., P.E.
Research Director, Vehicle Safety and Biomechanics Research

Dr. Digges joined GW and the NCAC staff in 1992. His current work focuses on safety systems and vehicle safety performance. He applies computer modeling of human occupants in vehicle crashes and analyzes crash tests and mass accident data to improve computer modeling and safety equipment. Dr. Digges also participates in crash reconstruction and biomechanics research at the University of Miami's William Lehman Injury Research Center, a CIREN center funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation and the automobile industry.

Dr. Digges holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering from Ohio State University. He also undertook post-doctoral studies in biomechanics and crash reconstruction at Oxford University.

Dr. James D. Lee James D. Lee, Ph.D.
Professor, GW School of Engineering and Applied Science

Dr. Lee is mechanical and aerospace engineering professor at The George Washington University. Prior to joining the GW faculty, Dr. Lee served as an aeospace engineer at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center; a supervisory mechanical engineer for the National Institute of Standards and Technology; associate professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Minnesota; and research scientist for General Tire and Rubber Company.

Dr. Lee holds a B.S. in civil engineering from National Taiwan University, an M.S. in civil engineering from Rice University, and a Ph.D. in continuum mechanics and physics from Princeton University.