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Stapp Award: Amanda Taylor

September 03, 2021

Stapp Award: Amanda Taylor

This award was established and sponsored by Environmental Tectonics Corporation to honor Col. John Paul Stapp, USAF(Ret.). The award is given annually to recognize outstanding contributions in the field of aerospace biomechanics and to promote progress in protection from injury resulting from ejection, vibration, or impact.

Amanda M. Taylor, B.S., M.S., received the 2021 John Paul Stapp Award for her remarkable contributions to aviation safety over the past 14 years. These include outstanding investigation skills, being unequaled in mentoring and other outreach efforts, and having been a collaborator in the design and installation of the new Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) impact sled. She is also a sought-after aviation safety lecturer in the fields of biomechanics and injury research. Her development of quantitative injury metrics provided guidance in the use of anthropomorphic test devices for vertical impacts. In collaboration with others, she has additionally provided engineering requirements to support the revision of Technical Standard Order TSO-C100 and the standard regarding child restraint systems, and developed a proposed brace for impact position for transport category aircraft.
   Ms. Taylor is a Research Engineer for the FAA Civil Aerospace Medical Institute’s Protection and Survival Laboratory, researching in the area of occupant protection by conducting crash tests from components to full-scale impacts, overseeing various university research programs, working with the military, NASA, and other civil aviation authorities. She is called upon to assist in various types of accident investigations and presents research findings at various locations. Since December 2020, she has also been Deputy for the Innovation and Technology Advisory Council at the FAA’s William J. Hughes Technical Center in Egg Harbor Township, NJ, USA. She has been with the FAA since 2006.
   Ms. Taylor earned a B.S. degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2008, and a Masters in Engineering from Purdue in 2017. In 2006 she began her career as an intern a the Mike Moroney Aeronautical Center in Oklahoma City, OK, USA, conducting time and workload studies. Later in 2006, she became a biomedical Research Assistant in the Department of Engineering Physics at the University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, OK, USA. She held that position until 2008. Also in 2006, she became a Clerk at the Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center, which she served as until mid-2009. For a short time in 2020, she served at the Office of Accident Investigation and Prevention in the FAA in Washington, DC, USA, participating in the safety risk management panels. At the end of 2020, she took her current positions.
   Ms. Taylor is a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), the Vertical Flight Society (VFS; formerly
The American Helicopter Society), and the Aerospace Medical Association (AsMA). She serves on SAE’s Aircraft
Seat Committee and on VFS’s Safety and Crash Dynamics Committees. She has authored or co-authored several papers concerning the safety of aircraft seats and restraint systems.