DOT Crashworthiness Chief Dies at 82

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March 8, 2019—Diamond Standard announced on Wednesday the passing of George Neat, who held prominent roles in the Department of Transportation and NHTSA.

“It is with much sadness I inform the industry of the passing of George Neat, in Hingham, Mass” said Michael O’Neal, Diamond Standard president.

George, Volpe Center executive, was an integral part of development our exemplary component test protocols and together with the Late James Hackney, director of Crashworthiness , NHTSA, provided us with the knowledge, expertise and tools to change the dynamic of aftermarket parts manufactured by Diamond Standard, he said in the statement.

Neat worked on engineering for NASA, Boeing, and Volpe Center projects. From 1993 to 2004, he was the chief of the vehicle crashworthiness division . The division provided technical support to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Office of Vehicle Safety Research and Development, the U.S Navy and the U.S. Army in the areas of crashworthiness and biomechanics.


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