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Department of Civil Engineering
Dinesh Mohan
Distinguished Professor
Department of Civil Engineering
School of Engineering
Education Details
1962-1967 - Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. - B.Tech. (Hons.) in Mechanical Engineering
1967-1970 - University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware - M.S. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
1972-1975 - The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan. - Ph.D. and M.S. in Bioengineering.
Professional Experience
1972-1975 - The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Research Associate, Biomechanics Department, University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.

1976-1978 - Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Washington, D.C., Research Department, Senior Bioengineer.

1979 - Indian Institute of Technology Delhi

2015 - Guest Professor

2011-2015 - Volvo Chair Professor Emeritus
Research and teaching: transportation research (safety and pollution), human tolerance biomechanics, motor vehicle safety, road traffic injuries, and childhood injuries. Sustainable urban transport, safer cities and low carbon transport.

1979-2011 - 1981 - 1991 State Bank Chair Professor for Biomechanics and Rehabilitation
           1991 - 1996 Head Centre for Biomedical Engineering
           2000 - 2005 Henry Ford Chair Professor for Biomechanics and Traffic Safety
           2008 - 2011 Volvo Chair Professor for Biomechanics and Transportation Safety
           1998 - 2010 Coordinator Transportation Research & Injury Prevention Programme
Select Publications

Mohan, D. (ed) Safety, Sustainability and Future Urban Transport. Eicher Goodearth Pvt Ltd., New Delhi, 2013.

Mohan, D., Tiwari, G., Khayesi, M., & Nafukho, F. M. Road Traffic Injury Prevention Training Manual. World Health Organization, Geneva, 2006

Tiwari, G., Mohan, D. and Muhlrad, N.(eds) The Way Forward: Transportation Planning and Road Safety. New Delhi: Macmillan India Ltd., 2005.

Peden, M., Scurfield, R., Sleet, D., Mohan, D., Hyder, A. A., Jarawan, E., and Mathers. C. (eds) World Report on Road Traffic Injury Prevention. World Health Organization, Geneva, 2004.

Mohan, D. and Tiwari, G. (Eds.), Injury Prevention and Control, London: Taylor and Francis, 2000

Bars, P., Smith G. S., Baker, S. and Mohan, D., Injury Prevention: An International Perspective - Epidemiology, Surveillance and Policy, Oxford University Press, 1998.

Berger, L. R. and Mohan, D., Injury Control : A Global View, Oxford University Press, 1996

Scientific Papers (Selected):

Melvin J.W., Mohan D., & Stalnaker R.L. (1976) Human injury mechanisms and impact tolerance. Transportation Research Record 11-22.

Mohan D., Zador P.L., O'Neill B. & Ginsberg M. (1976) Air bags and lap/shoulder belts-a comparison of their effectiveness in real world frontal crashes. In: Proceedings of the 20th annual meeting of the American Association for Automotive Medicine, pp. 315-335. AAAM, Morton Grove, Ill.

Mohan D., Bowman B.M., Snyder R.G., & Foust D.R. (1979) A Biomechanical Analysis of Head Impact Injuries to Children. ASME Journal of Biomechanical Engineering 101, 250-260.

Mohan D. & Melvin J.W. (1983) Failure properties of passive human aortic tissue. II--Biaxial tension tests. J Biomech. 16, 31-44.

Mishra B.K., Banerji A.K., & Mohan D. (1984) Two-wheeler injuries in Delhi, India: A study of crash victims hospitalized in a neuro-surgery ward. Accident Analysis & Prevention 16, 407-416.

Mohan D. & Bawa P.S. (1985) An analysis of road traffic fatalities in Delhi, India. Accident Analysis & Prevention 17, 33-45.

Mohan D. (1987) Food Vs Limbs: Pesticides and Physical Disability in India. Economic and Political Weekly XXII, A23-A29.

Mohan D. & Varghese M. (1990) Fireworks cast a shadow on India's festival of lights. World Health Forum 11, 323-326.

Mohan D. (1992) Vulnerable Road Users: An Era of Neglect. Journal of Traffic Medicine 28, 121-128.

Kumar A., Mohan D., & Mahajan P. (1998) Studies on tractor related injuries in Northern India. Accident Analysis & Prevention 30, 53-60.

Kumar A., Varghese M., Mohan D., Mahajan P., Gulati P., & Kale S. (1999) Effect of whole-body vibration on the low back - A study of tractor-driving farmers in north India. Spine 24, 2506-2515.

Mohan D. & Roberts I. (2001) Global road safety and the contribution of big business - Road safety policies must be based on evidence. British Medical Journal 323, 648.

Mohan D. (2003) Safety as a human right. Health and Human Rights 6, 161-167.

Chawla A., Mukherjee S., Nayak A., & Mohan D. (2007) Investigating the rollover propensity of a 15 seater mini bus. International Journal of Vehicle Safety 2, 206-220.

Mohan, D. (2008). Road traffic injuries: a stocktaking. Best Practice & Research Clinical Rheumatology, 22:4, 725-739.

Mohan, D.; Kumar, A.; Varghese, M.(2010) Childhood Injuries in Rural North India. International Journal of Injury Control and Safety Promotion, 17:1, 45-52.

Mohan, D., Goel, R., Guttikunda, S., & Tiwari, G. (2014). Assessment of motor vehicle use characteristics in three Indian cities (pp. 54). Lyngby, Denmark: UNEP Risø Centre on Energy.

Bhalla, K., Mohan, D. (2015). Safety of young children on motorized two-wheelers around the world: A review of the global epidemiological evidence. IATSS Research 38, 83-91.

Pandey, G., Mohan, D., Ramachandra Rao, K. (2015) Why do three-wheelers carrying schoolchildren suffer very low fatal crashes? IATSS Research 38, 130-134.

Goel, R., Guttikunda, S. K., Mohan, D., & Tiwari, G. (2015). Benchmarking vehicle and passenger travel characteristics in Delhi for on-road emissions analysis. Travel Behaviour and Society, 2(2), 88-101.
National and International Recognition
2012 - Distinguished Career Award, University of Delaware, USA.

2008 - Indo Canadian Shastri Institute India Studies Visiting Lecturer

2005 - International Ambassador of the International Bone and Joint Decade 2000-2010 (For Prevention and Treatment of Musculoskeletal Disorders)

2002 - Stockholm Partnerships Award for innovative solutions for sustainable development in metropolitan areas (with G. Tiwari)

2002 - Distinguished Alumnus Award, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay.

2001 - Bertil Aldman Award for outstanding contribution to the subject of impact biomechanics, International Research Council on Biomechanics of Impacts.

2000 - International Distinguished Career Award, American Public Health Association

1997 - Velo-City Falco Lecture Prize (with G. Tiwari)

1996 - Haddon Memorial Award for best paper in safety research

1991 - Association for Advancement of Automotive Medicine, 1991 Award of Merit for outstanding research in traffic safety.

1991 - International Association for Accident & Traffic Medicine, International Award and Medal for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Traffic Medicine.
Executive Summary
Dinesh Mohan retired as the Volvo Chair Professor Emeritus for Biomechanics and Transportation Safety at the Transportation Research and Injury Prevention Programme, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. A graduate in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, he obtained his PhD in Bioengineering from the University of Michigan. He started his career at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in Washington DC and then moved to the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi. He has co-authored and edited eight books on safety. He is the recipient of: Distinguished Career Award from the University of Delaware, Distinguished Alumnus Award of Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, the American Public Health Association International Distinguished Career Award, the Bertil Aldman Award of the International Council on Biomechanics of Impacts, the Association for Advancement of Automotive Medicine’s Award of Merit and the International Association for Accident & Traffic Medicine’s International Award and Medal for outstanding achievement in traffic safety. Professor Mohan’s research includes transportation research (safety and pollution), human tolerance biomechanics, motor vehicle safety, and road traffic injuries.
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