Profiles

NCAC Staff

Jason Mader Jason Mader
Manager, High-Performance Computing Laboratory

Mr. Mader joined NCAC in 1996 and currently serves as manager of NCAC's High-Performance Computing Laboratory. Mr. Mader has extensive knowledge of advanced computing systems and parallel computers and is a certified IRIX system administrator. He maintains NCAC's high-performance computing facilities and interacts extensively with computer hardware, software and crash code developers to benchmark and upgrade system efficiencies.

Mr. Mader earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in computer science from The George Washington University's School of Engineering and Applied Science.

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.

Lilly Nix Lilly Nix
Senior Research Associate

Ms. Nix joined the NCAC in 2008. Ms. Nix previously was a contractor to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration where she provided support for FMVSS 213 and 225 rulemaking. She continues to work on child passenger safety through modeling and simulation at the NCAC.

Ms. Nix earned a B.S. in engineering from the Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering in Needham, MA.


Kathryn Agrali Kathryn Seaton
Manager, NCAC Library
Senior Engineering Film/Software Librarian

Mrs. Seaton joined the NCAC Library in 1995 and maintains all physical and operational aspects of this comprehensive collection. She also works with the library's Avid editing system and media conversion software and has also worked with client-server environments, systems support and fundamental database administration. Mrs. Seaton is a student in GW's School of Business and Public Management.


Chris R. Story Chris R. Story
Senior Testing Technician

For the past four years, Chris Story has been performing the daily maintenance and operational functions for the crash laboratory associated with the National Crash Analysis Center. He is an expert in preparing vehicles for full-scale crash testing. Mr. Story has overseen and ensured the correct installation of roadside barriers for crash testing. He has set up pendulum for component impact testing. Chris has machined and welded structures as needed for component and full-scale crash testing. He has installed data acquisition systems and measuring devices on vehicles and barriers for crash testing. He also is responsible for preparing high speed digital camera for crash testing.

Michael (Scott) Mosser
Testing Technician

For the past Three years, Michael Mosser has been performing the daily maintenance and operational functions for the crash laboratory associated with the National Crash Analysis Center. He is an expert in preparing vehicles for full-scale crash testing. He has set up pendulum for component impact testing. Michael has machined and welded structures as needed for component and full-scale crash testing. He has installed data acquisition systems and measuring devices on vehicles and barriers for crash testing.