H. Clay Gabler, Ph.D.

Samuel Herrick Professor of Engineering

Biomedical Engineering Graduate Chair 

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

Education

  • 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

  • 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

Scanlon JM, Sherony R, and Gabler HC, "Models of Driver Acceleration Behavior prior to Real-World Intersection Crashes", IEEE Transactions – Intelligent Transportation Systems (in print)

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.

Johnson NS and Gabler HC, “Reduction in Fatal Longitudinal Barrier Crash Rate due to Electronic Stability Control”, Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, Transportation Research Board of the National Academies, No. 2521, pp 79—85 (2015)

Chen R, Kusano KD, and Gabler HC, “Driver Behavior during Overtaking Maneuvers from the 100-Car Naturalistic Driving Study”, Traffic Injury Prevention, v16:sup2, pp. S176-S181, DOI: 10.1080/15389588.2015.1057281 (2015)

Kusano KD and Gabler HC, “Comparison of Expected Crash and Injury Reduction from Production Forward Collision and Lane Departure Warning Systems”, Traffic Injury Prevention, v16:sup2, pp. S109-S114, DOI: 10.1080/15389588.2015.1063619 (2015)

Scanlon JM, Kusano KD, and Gabler HC, “Analysis of Driver Evasive Maneuvering prior to Intersection Crashes Using Event Data Recorders”, Traffic Injury Prevention, v16:sup2, pp. S182-S189, DOI: 10.1080/15389588.2015.1066500 (2015)

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  • gabler@vt.edu
  • 445 Kelly Hall
    325 Stanger St.
    Blacksburg, VA 24061