President Awards Top Tech Award to Sicking

President Awards Top Tech Award to Sicking

Calendar Icon Jun 18, 2007      Person Bust Icon By Ashley Washburn | UComm     RSS Feed RSS

Dean Sicking
Dean Sicking
The White House announced this week that Civil Engineering Professor Dean Sicking has received the nation's highest honor for technology.

The National Medal of Technology honors America's leading innovators. It is given to individuals, teams and companies that develop and commercialize technological innovations and processes that improve the nation's economic, environmental and social well-being.

As director of the Midwest Roadside Safety Facility, Sicking was instrumental in developing the award-winning Steel and Foam Energy Reducing Barrier that has been installed at racetracks throughout the country. The SAFER barrier absorbs energy to reduce the crash's impact and then distributes energy over the wall without forcing the vehicle back into traffic.