Terry O’Bannon is Chief Scientist at OBannon Technologies, specializing in occupant seating biomechanics research and testing. He has been active in biomechanics research for nearly twenty-five years, both in academia and in the auto industry, including nearly two decades at a premier seat supplier. As a pioneer in applying robotics to simulate human interaction with seats, he created the OccuBot test system with KUKA robotics, and has worked with nearly every OEM to introduce human-based robotic ingress-egress durability testing. His focus on understanding comfort mechanically led to the revival/ modernization of complete seat mechanical testing and the creation of the LifeForm comfort/ vibration manikin. His realization that most OEMs had faulty understanding of anthropometry, ride clinics and statistics built into their seat design processes, led to new methodologies enabling data-driven decision-making in seat comfort design.
Mr. O’Bannon received his B.M.E and M.S.M.E from Georgia Tech, did further studies in Biology & Biochemistry at Lee University, and did additional studies toward a Ph.D. at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor). He is a member of the ASME Bioengineering Division and the SAE, where he is an active member of the Human Accommodation and Design Devices (HADD) committee. He has several patents granted or in process.
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