and companies contributed to the development of Isaac®, some without
even knowing it. Although we cannot mention them all, we would like to
acknowledge the main players. They are presented here in the general chronological
order of their participation. We apologize for any omissions, and all
errors are ours.
Penske, Bilstien, Koni and Suspa: Shock manufacturers who injected reality into the project by telling us what could and could not be done with a shock.
SPA Technique in Indianapolis: Provided some excellent computer-generated reports of the dyno tests of the shocks. Without these we could not have matched our forecasting equations to the computer models or crash test data.
RKB Engineering in Sanford, Florida: Provided all the machined aluminum and stainless steel components for our test prototypes. Great work. Thanks for meeting a tight schedule.
General Research and Manufacturing in Harbor City, California: Provided all the machined titanium components for our test prototypes. If you need complex, five axis CNC machining of anything from balsa wood to kryptonite, give them a call.
Paul Begeman, Ph.D. at Wayne State University Bioengineering Center: Dr. Begeman is a master of the computational models which analyze the reaction of the driver's body to a racing crash. He saved us countless hours refining the Isaac® design. Thanks also goes to the lab technicians, especially Craig Foster, who have run so many crash tests they make it look easy.
Paul Altamore, Manager Engineering Services, TNO-MADYMO North America: Paul makes sure the TNO-MADYMO software, used in the Isaac® computer simulations, is up to snuff.
Leon Kazarian, Ph.D.: A biomechanics expert who has worked with the U.S. Air Force and Navy analyzing injuries caused by ejection seats, carrier landings and helicopter crashes. Dr. Kazarian performed the biomechanical analyses of the remains of the astronauts retrieved from the Space Shuttle Challenger.
Ford Motor Company: Provided the detailed stock car model used in the computer simulations.
Gideon, General Motors Racing Safety: Many thanks for his offers
of support, and GM's support of Wayne State's lab over the years.
Briar Racing in Sanford, Florida: Thanks to Mike Fritts for letting us shoot some photos at their shop. Not only was the car brand new, the rest of the shop was spotless also.
Red Rocket, Inc. of Orlando, Florida: This public relations firm has done a great job of getting the word out about Isaac® without resorting to hype. Their graphics and Web work are top notch.
(a.k.a. planet6racing): Bill is a racer/engineer who contacted
us about developing the adhesive helmet mount technology. We had been
working on this for some time, but Bill was an expert on the subject and
offered to do the R&D for us. Several months, and 30 lab tests later
he had the answer. Great work, Bill. Thanks.