The Office of the Vice President for Research recognizes Shane McLaughlin, the Motorcycle Research Group leader at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute. McLaughlin has been involved in vehicle design and driving safety research for more than 15 years.
As a leader of naturalistic motorcycle studies, his areas of emphasis include motorcycles, driver support systems, vehicle kinematics, and large-scale data mining.
McLaughlin believes knowledge of the characteristics and attitudes of the motorcyclist population can only improve the ability of researchers to effectively design and implement motorcycle safety research.
The objective of the Motorcycle Research Group is to employ the multidisciplinary research capabilities of the Transportation Institute to real-world motorcycle riding.
The group makes the most of its history in transportation research, concern about the increasing numbers of motorcyclist fatalities and injuries, and the excitement of a large number of engineers, staff, researchers and family who are riders. The Motorcycle Research Group focuses on the riders and their machines while considering other factors in the surrounding transportation system.
The group works with public and private clients and is conducting its third large-scale study since 2007. With the help of study participants and customers, it has collected hundreds of thousands of real-world miles in approximately half the states in the U.S.
Prior to coming to the transportation institute, McLaughlin worked for Ford Motor Company on vehicle programs and complex interfaces. He received his doctoral degree in Industrial Engineering from Virginia Tech in 2007.