Our Team

We Are Precision Technicians

Impact Research is a transportation data and safety research powerhouse fueled by focused, dependable data analytics consultants.

We are proud to be considered the best at what we do.

We specialize in seeing the big picture, and exercise our cumulative talents to identify patterns, extract data, and put our findings to good use. The answers we provide enable our clients to do their life-saving transportation work on a daily basis.

We collaborate with each other to form a well-oiled, multidisciplinary team.

We’re making the roads safer every day.

 

Janet Bahouth, D.Sc
CEO, Co-founder

 Dr. Bahouth is CEO and Co-Founder of Impact Research where she manages the multidisciplinary team of researchers (analysts, investigators, engineers, statisticians, IT) who conduct crash analysis and safety design, advanced statistical evaluation and data management.

Dr. Bahouth is a mechanical engineer in the field of automotive safety and has led research in the areas of Injury Analysis, Child Occupant Protection, Multiple Impact Crash Analysis and Crash Investigation. A major part of her work is managing and working with a team of engineers, crash investigators and medical personnel tasked with researching crashes and injury prevention for a major auto manufacturer. Injury causation is at the forefront of this team’s research with the goal of continually improving automotive safety.

Prior to forming Impact Research, Dr. Bahouth worked for the US Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center as a Transportation Specialist where she led research on Rollover Analysis and Rumble Strip Evaluation for several states.

Dr. Bahouth also served as a Research Associate for NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), leading research in Injury Analysis, Multiple Impact Crash Analysis and Child Restraint Compliance, among others.

Dr. Bahouth began her career in injury analysis in Pennsylvania where she worked and studied with Lancaster/Dauphin County’s Forensic Pathologist/Medical Examiner. There she conducted and assisted in vehicular crash investigations from the on-scene data collection and analysis, autopsy/investigation and the criminal trial.

Dr. Bahouth participates in community outreach to teach the young and old about crash safety and why today’s safety measures work. With regard to seat belt use, several local before and after studies show that the public just needs to be informed.

Dr. Bahouth received her Doctor of Science degree in 2004 from The George Washington University in Transportation Safety and has authored multiple publications on safety in transportation.

 

George Bahouth, D.Sc
Principal Scientist, Co-founder

Dr. Bahouth is Principal Scientist and Co-Owner of Impact Research.  He provides oversight for IR’s research programs and is responsible for aligning IRs work with external industry and safety research needs.

Dr. Bahouth is an internationally recognized expert in Crash Analysis and Safety System Evaluation.  He has pioneered work in the area of Advanced Automatic Collision Notification and its use in improving emergency response. This work involved injury model development, collaboration with OEMs to integrate and vet the technologies and currently involves collaboration with various organizations in EMS and first response to integrate AACN data into more effective rescue and post-crash care.

Dr. Bahouth has worked extensively with multiple clients across transportation safety including major OEMs, various domestic airlines on teamwork, simulation-based training, and team performance measurement issues.

Prior to founding Impact Research, Dr. Bahouth was a Senior Research Scientist at the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation.  He also held appointments as Adjunct Professor at the George Washington University and as Senior Scientist at the George Washington University FHWA/NHTSA National Crash Analysis Center.

Dr. Bahouth earned his Doctor of Science Degree (D.Sc.) from the George Washington University School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.  He has published and/or presented more than 100 papers on his work.

George Bahouth, D.SC
Principal Scientist, Co-founder

Dr. Bahouth is Principal Scientist and Co-Owner of Impact Research. He established IR in 2007.  He provides oversight for IR’s research programs and is responsible for aligning IRs work with external industry and safety research needs.

Dr. Bahouth is an internationally recognized expert in Crash Analysis and Safety System Evaluation.  He has pioneered work in the area of Advanced Automatic Collision Notification and its use in improving emergency response. This work involved injury model development, collaboration with OEMs to integrate and vet the technologies and currently involves collaboration with various organizations in EMS and first response to integrate AACN data into more effective rescue and post-crash care.

Dr. Bahouth has worked extensively with multiple clients across transportation safety including major OEMs, various domestic airlines on teamwork, simulation-based training, and team performance measurement issues.

Prior to founding Impact Research, Dr. Bahouth was a Senior Research Scientist at the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation.  He also held appointments as Adjunct Professor at the George Washington University and as Senior Scientist at the George Washington University FHWA/NHTSA National Crash Analysis Center.

Dr. Bahouth earned his Doctor of Science Degree (D.Sc.) from the George Washington University School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.  He has published and/or presented more than 100 papers on his work.

Rebecca Spicer, Ph.D., MPH
Senior Research Scientist

Dr. Spicer (PhD, MPH) is a classically trained epidemiologist who has conducted research in the fields of injury control, traffic safety, and drug and alcohol abuse prevention for over 20 years. She has extensive experience in rigorous study design applied to program and policy evaluation and has directed large research projects focusing on injury and violence prevention. Dr. Spicer has a special interest in injury costs and she updated the method to calculate quality of life impacts of motor vehicle-related injuries for use in federal regulatory analyses. Currently, much of her research focuses on transportation injury epidemiology and examining the impact of advanced automotive technologies.

Colin Fergus
Software Engineer

Mr. Fergus offers experience in varied technical domains, including streaming analytics, data visualization, distributed computing, and web development. He received a Master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University in Computer Science in 2008 and excels at using open source technologies to accomplish rapid prototype development in varied problem sets.

Colin Fergus
Software Engineer

Mr. Fergus offers experience in varied technical domains, including streaming analytics, data visualization, distributed computing, and web development. He received a Master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University in Computer Science in 2008 and excels at using open source technologies to accomplish rapid prototype development in varied problem sets.

Becca Drayer, PMP
Program Manager

Ms. Drayer’s background is in both Information Technology and Marketing project management. She contributes her expertise in project team leadership and resource management and is instrumental in the successful quality completion of all projects at Impact Research. She has a Bachelor of Science (BS) focused in Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services from Lebanon Valley College.

Denis Murakhovsky
Market Research Analyst

Mr. Murakhovsky conducts market research and vehicle safety systems evaluation using NHTSA’s Office of Defects Investigations (ODI) data, registration and high volume crash data. He is an expert user of NHTSA data records including the FARS, NASS, and State Crash Datasets. Mr. Murakhovsky’s research interests include identifying methods to mine text data, classify, and visualize social media information and pattern recognition to detect emerging safety defects using NHTSA Early Warning Reporting data.

Denis Murakhovsky
Market Research Analyst

Mr. Murakhovsky conducts market research and vehicle safety systems evaluation using NHTSA’s Office of Defects Investigations (ODI) data, registration and high volume crash data. He is an expert user of NHTSA data records including the FARS, NASS, and State Crash Datasets. Mr. Murakhovsky’s research interests include identifying methods to mine text data, classify, and visualize social media information and pattern recognition to detect emerging safety defects using NHTSA Early Warning Reporting data.

Tom Christie
Embedded Systems Engineer

Mr. Christie brings three decades of experience in high-quality embedded systems design, real-time data acquisition, and graphical application development. His career has spanned both defense and commercial sectors, supporting small to mid-size manufacturing companies. He is applying his skills at Impact Research to collect data from new sensor technologies with potential automotive safety use.

Chris Krieger
Crash Investigator

Mr. Krieger is responsible for the collection of crash data in the field. Mr. Krieger is a retired Sergeant of the Howard County Police Department, where he served for 32 years. During his tenure with the police department he served 12 years as a Certified Crash Reconstructionist. His certifications are from the Institute of Police Technology and Management (IPTM), which included the study of Crush Analysis. Mr. Krieger personally investigated over 75 Fatal/Serious Personal Injury Crashes, and assisted with the investigation of 125+ crashes.

Chris Krieger
Crash Investigator

Mr. Krieger is responsible for the collection of all crash data in the field. Mr. Krieger is a retired Sergeant of the Howard County Police Department, where he served for 32 years. During his tenure with the police department he served 12 years as a Certified Crash Reconstructionist. His certifications are from the Institute of Police Technology and Management (IPTM), which included the study of Crush Analysis. Mr. Krieger personally investigated over 75 Fatal/Serious Personal Injury Crashes, and assisted with the investigation of 125+ crashes.

Amin Vahabaghaie
Research Associate

Mr. Vahabaghaie started in the fall of 2016  at Impact Research. He is studying computer science at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and has some background in mechanical engineering. Amin is an automotive enthusiast, has worked at a BMW dealership, and is a member of UMBC Baja Racing team. At Impact Research, Amin is part of the Office of Defects Investigation project where he aids in the analysis of potential automotive safety issues and codes data to improve in-house application development.

Amin Vahabaghaie
Research Associate

Mr. Vahabaghaie started in the fall of 2016 at Impact Research. He is studying computer science at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and has some background in mechanical engineering. Amin is an automotive enthusiast, has worked at a BMW dealership, and is a member of UMBC Baja Racing team. At Impact Research, Amin is part of the Office of Defects Investigation project where he aids in the analysis of potential automotive safety issues and codes data to improve in-house application development.

Nick O’Halloran
Research Associate

Mr. O’Halloran is a Research Associate at Impact Research. A native of Columbia, Md., he has a strong background with automobiles and motorcycles and their complex systems. From a young age they have always been a subject of interest for him. As opportunities presented themselves, those interests became a hands-on hobby facilitating the knowledge he has gained both professionally and privately. Nick attended Salisbury University for Physics and Mechanical Engineering before moving to a more computer-based field. He is currently a student at University of Maryland Baltimore County studying Information Systems with a focus in project management.

Nick O’Halloran
Research Associate

Mr. O’Halloran is a Research Associate at Impact Research. A native of Columbia, Md., he has a strong background with automobiles and motorcycles and their complex systems. From a young age they have always been a subject of interest for him. As opportunities presented themselves, those interests became a hands-on hobby facilitating the knowledge he has gained both professionally and privately. Nick attended Salisbury University for Physics and Mechanical Engineering before moving to a more computer-based field. He is currently a student at University of Maryland Baltimore County studying Information Systems with a focus in project management.

Tadas Pack
Software Application Developer

Tadas is a software application engineer who joined Impact Research in early 2018, where he is tasked with creating web applications to support and inform the many stakeholders related to automotive safety. He enjoys working at the intersection of vehicles, data, and programming. He graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a Bachelor’s degree in economics.

Tadas Pack
Software Application Developer

Tadas is a software application engineer who joined Impact Research in early 2018, where he is tasked with creating web applications to support and inform the many stakeholders related to automotive safety. He enjoys working at the intersection of vehicles, data, and programming. He graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a Bachelor’s degree in economics.

 

Cami Passerrello
Crash Analyst

Ms. Passerrello is a Crash Analyst, using her experience in customer relations and rapport-building talents to obtain the necessary crash and injury information for our Accident Research Program.  Her compassion for people and ability to communicate effectively with others contribute greatly to the success of Impact Research.

Cami Passerrello
Crash Analyst

Ms. Passerrello is a Crash Analyst, using her experience in customer relations and rapport-building talents to obtain the necessary crash and injury information for our Accident Research Program.  Her compassion for people and ability to communicate effectively with others contribute greatly to the success of Impact Research.

Brian Taylor
Systems Engineer

Mr. Taylor is a Systems Engineer whose responsibilities include network design and administration, server and storage integration and administration, desktop support, and sustainment of the Impact Research IT infrastructure.  He has been within the IT field for over 20 years and has worked for a myriad of government and private organizations.  Mr. Taylor holds several certifications within the IT security, network, and server fields.

Huiyuan Liu, Ph.D.
Data Scientist

Huiyuan received his PhD degree in Transportation System Engineering with a Statistics minor at
University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2020. After graduation, he joined Impact Research as a Data Scientist.
His research mainly focuses on applying machine learning techniques and statistical models with
transportation-related data to break down information, gather relevant points, make predictions and
provide actionable insights.

Huiyuan Liu, Ph.D.
Data Scientist

Huiyuan received his PhD degree in Transportation System Engineering with a Statistics minor at
University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2020. After graduation, he joined Impact Research as a Data Scientist.
His research mainly focuses on applying machine learning techniques and statistical models with
transportation-related data to break down information, gather relevant points, make predictions and provide actionable insights.

Our data analysts and experts have shared their expertise in various published works that reinforce our team’s credibility and help to spread the word about safety.

Impact Research is always on the lookout for talented individuals who can help us make roads safer using data science.

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