Vancouver, Canada — February 3, 2009 – Mechanical Engineering Assistant Professor Peter Cripton has been awarded a UBC Killam Faculty Research Fellowship in recognition and support of his research goals.
Cripton directs the UBC Injury Biomechanics Laboratory, working towards preventing traumatic injuries and consequences through improved, engineered safety devises, such as the Pro-Neck-Tor helmet, which was recently recognized as the Best of What’s New by Popular Science magazine. The Killam funding will further Cripton’s investigations into novel devices to prevent severe neck factures and spinal cord injuries to children in severe frontal motor vehicle collusions, through such devices as advanced restraints or child-specific air bags.
UBC awarded ten UBC Killam Faculty Research Fellowships to assist promising faculty members — exhibiting a special distinction of intellect — who wish to devote full time to research and study in their field during a recognized study leave.
Honourees, including Cripton, will be profiled at the Celebrate Research Gala on March 12.
The Killam awards are given annually from the Killam Endowment Fund to faculty nominated by students, colleagues and alumni in recognition of excellence in research.
[Sherry Green, Faculty of Applied Science]