Anuj K. Pradhan, an assistant professor in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department and co-director of the Human Performance Laboratory, will be receiving the Elaine Wodzin Young Achiever Award from the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine (AAAM). The award is given to a younger (under 45 years of age) member of the AAAM for achievements in automotive medicine or other contributions to the field of traffic injury control, including the publication of a seminal research work, practical implementation of an injury control concept, or promotion of an element of public injury control policy.
Pradhan’s award is for his contributions to the scientific field of transportation safety, specifically his work on teen driver safety, injury prevention, training, and his research on the impact of vehicle automation on driver safety.
Pradhan’s research on hazard perception in teen drivers and the resulting conceptualization, implementation, and evaluation of training are achievements in automotive medicine. Similarly, Pradhan’s research on the impact of vehicle technologies and automation on driver safety contributes evidence that impacts public injury control policies, especially with advances in transportation technologies.
The award is named for Elaine Wodzin, a long-serving executive director of AAAM, who, as the organization explains, “had the innate ability to recognize the future of the organization through the efforts of young professionals.”
Pradhan will be accepting the award on October 19 at the AAAM 2021 Annual Conference, taking place in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Pradhan heads the Pradhan Research Group, which is interested in the etiology of injuries and fatalities due to motor vehicle crashes from a human factors and behavioral standpoint. The lab’s research goal is to uncover and disseminate evidence that can contribute to the safe mobility of road users, that can inform policy, and that can lead to technological and educational innovations for improving the road safety record.
Pradhan received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research at UMass Amherst.
He was a National Institutes of Health Intramural Research Training Award Fellow at the National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development in Bethesda, Maryland, until 2013. He was then an assistant research scientist at the Young Driver Behavior and Injury Prevention Group and the Human Factors Group at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute. (August 2021)