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H. Clay Gabler, Ph.D.

Samuel Herrick Professor of Engineering
Gabler Clay 1
445 Kelly Hall
325 Stanger St.
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Research Areas

  • Biomechanics

Research Interests

  • Injury biomechanics
  • Vehicle crashworthiness
  • Automated vehicle crash safety
  • Vehicle active safety technologies
  • Pedestrian and bicyclist crash safety
  • Motorcycle crash safety
  • Crash data analytics
  • Event data recorders
  • Roadside safety features
  • Aeronautical safety
  • Crash modeling and simulation


  • Princeton University: Ph.D., Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, 1998
  • Princeton University: M.A., Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, 1994
  • University of Virginia: B.S., Nuclear Engineering

Awards, Honors, and Service

  • AAAM Award of Merit, Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine (2018) 
  • Fellow, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE, 2016) 
  • Fellow, Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine (AAAM, 2012) 
  • Fellow, Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE, 2009) 
  • Faculty Fellow, Virginia Tech College of Engineering (2009) 
  • Lloyd L. Withrow Distinguished Speaker Award (SAE, 2008) 
  • Ralph H. Isbrandt Automotive Safety Engineering Award (SAE, 2005) 
  • Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award (SAE, 2003) 
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower Faculty Fellowship (FHWA, 2001) 
  • Luigi Crocco Teaching Prize (Princeton University, 1995) 
  • Guggenheim Fellowship (Princeton University, 1992)

Recent Publications

Riexinger LE, Sherony R, and Gabler HC, "Residual Road Departure Crashes after Full Deployment of LDW and LDP Systems", Traffic Injury Prevention, 20:sup1, pp. S177-S181 (2019)

Haus SH, Sherony R, and Gabler HC, "Estimated Benefit of Automated Emergency Braking Systems for Vehicle-Pedestrian Crashes in the U.S.", Traffic Injury Prevention, v. 20:sup1, pp. S171-S176 (2019)

Bareiss M, Scanlon JM, Sherony R, and Gabler HC, "Crash and Injury Prevention Estimates for Intersection Driver Assistance Systems in Left Turn Across Path / Opposite Direction Crashes in the United States", Traffic Injury Prevention, v.20:sup1, pp. S133-S138 (2019)

Wusk G and Gabler HC, "Non-Invasive Detection of Respiration and Heart Rate with a Vehicle Seat Sensor", Sensors 2018, 18 (5), 1463; doi:10.3390/s18051463 (2018)

Scanlon JM, Sherony R, and Gabler HC, "Models of Driver Acceleration Behavior prior to Real-World Intersection Crashes", IEEE Transactions – Intelligent Transportation Systems, v.19, No. 3, pp. 774-786 (March 2018)

Scanlon JM, Sherony R, and Gabler HC, " Earliest Sensor Detection Opportunity for Left Turn Across Path Opposite Direction Crashes", IEEE Transactions – Intelligent Vehicles, v. 2, no. 1, pp. 62-70, DOI: 10.1109/TIV.2017.2708611 (2017)

Scanlon JM, Sherony R, and Gabler HC, “Injury Mitigation Estimates for an Intersection Driver Assistance System in Straight Crossing Path Crashes in the U.S.”, Traffic Injury Prevention , v. 18:sup1, pp.9-17,DOI: 10.1080 / 15389588.2017.1300257 (2017)

Scanlon JM, Sherony R, and Gabler HC, “Predicting Crash-Relevant Violations at Stop Sign-Controlled Intersections for the Development of an Intersection Driver Assistance System”, Traffic Injury Prevention (Traffic Injury Prevention, 17:sup1, p. 59-65, DOI: 10.1080/15389588.2016.1190963 (2016)

Scanlon JM, Kusano KD, and Gabler HC, “Lane Departure Warning and Prevention Systems in the U.S. Vehicle Fleet: Influence of Roadway Characteristics on Potential Safety Benefits”, Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, Transportation Research Board of the National Academies, No. 2559, Transportation Research Board, Washington, D.C.pp. 17–23. DOI: 10.3141/2559-03 (2016)

Johnson T, Chen R, Sherony R, and Gabler HC, "Investigation of Driver Lane Keeping Behavior in Normal Driving based on Naturalistic Driving Study Data," SAE International Journal of Transportation Safety 4(2):2016, doi:10.4271/2016-01-1449.