University receives $2.5 million grant

The Ford Motor Company presented a $2.5 million check to GW Thursday to conduct research on automotive safety at the University’s Loudoun County, Va., campus.

More than 60 people attended the event as Ford representatives presented a check to GW President Stephen Joel Trachtenberg and School of Engineering and Applied Science Dean Timothy Tong on behalf of the National Crash Analysis Center, located at GW’s Virginia campus.

“This is the largest contribution that we have ever received from a major player in the transportation world,” Tong said. “The grant enables the NCAC to take a giant leap to fulfill a significant commitment.”

The check is half of a $5 million grant to conduct research on automotive safety. Professor Kennerly H. Digges, a director of NCAC, will direct the project with special attention to child safety.

Digges said the money will go to airbag and seatbelt research.

-Matt Windman

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