NCAC Staff

Randa Radwan Samaha Randa Radwan Samaha
Director of Advanced Research

Ms. Samaha is the Director of Advanced Research and adjunct faculty in Transportation Safety at NCAC since 2009. She specializes in advanced vehicle crashworthiness and occupant safety with expertise in crash data analysis. Previously, she spent 17 years at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration where, as a senior research engineer and program manager, she developed and implemented programs in advanced side crash protection, vehicle upper interior protection, vehicle and restraint system modeling, and crash test instrumentation and signal analysis.

Most recently at NHTSA, Ms. Samaha completed the research basis for the new federal side impact safety regulation (FMVSS 214). In her research, she characterized the side crash environment and occupant attributes and injuries, designed and evaluated the oblique pole side impact test to effectively address head trauma, oversaw finite element modeling to support test procedure development, worked with dummy manufacturers to further develop the ES-2 and SIDIIs dummies, and conducted dummy and vehicle fleet evaluation and performance crash tests in support of the new safety regulation.

Ms. Samaha earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from Rice University and is currently a doctoral candidate in Transportation Safety Engineering at The George Washington University.