Leading CAD R&D engineer retained

LEADING ENGINEER IN CAD RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT TO WORK WITH NHRA ON FUTURE TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCEMENTS L. Daniel Metz, Ph.D., P.E., to work with world's largest sanctioning body on car and motorcycle vehicle dynamics, aerodynamics...

LEADING ENGINEER IN CAD RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT TO WORK WITH NHRA ON FUTURE TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCEMENTS

L. Daniel Metz, Ph.D., P.E., to work with world's largest sanctioning body on car and motorcycle vehicle dynamics, aerodynamics and accident reconstruction

GLENDORA, Calif. (March 25, 2008) -- NHRA has retained the services of L. Daniel Metz, Ph.D., P.E., to provide valuable technical analysis and engineering expertise to the sanctioning body on short- and long-term initiatives in both the professional and sportsman categories.

Metz has more than 35 years of experience in automobile and motorcycle vehicle dynamics, aerodynamics and accident reconstruction. He will be called upon, by NHRA, to provide third-party analysis utilizing his vast years of experience in engineering and proprietary computer animated design software. His analysis will be shared with not only the racing community, but SFI as they develop specifications for all classes in NHRA Drag Racing. This initiative is part of a multi-prong approach by NHRA to make the vehicles in both professional and sportsman racing safer, while enhancing NHRA and SFI's rule-making process.

"Dan will work closely with NHRA's technical department to provide all interested parties with valuable computer modeling data and analysis to improve upon NHRA's safety record and SFI's rule-making process," said Graham Light, senior vice president of racing operations, NHRA.

Having written nearly 70 scientific papers, which have been published in a variety of publications, Metz has worked with practically every manufacturer and racing organization in the world, as well as numerous engineering firms and federal and state transportation and law enforcement agencies. In the United States and abroad, he has worked with Formula 1 and FIA, IRL, SCCA and USAC, in addition to many auto racing teams.

Metz has delivered hundreds of lectures, speeches and seminars on the subjects of accident reconstruction and vehicle dynamics throughout the world. He is a registered affiliate of the SAE Automotive Resources Institute as well as registered member of the Partner Program at Engineering Dynamics Corp., the world's leading manufacturer of accident reconstruction software.

Metz received his Ph.D. from Cornell University, his MSME from the University of Detroit and his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Cincinnati. He is a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and is an emeritus professor in the Department of Industrial & Enterprise Systems Engineering at the University of Illinois. Presently, Metz is an Adjunct Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

-credit: nhra

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