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Dr. Robert P. Hubbard

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Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Co-Founders
    HANS Performance Products


  • Management Information Systems
    Tuskegee University
  • Bachelors degree
  • Project Management
    University of Central Florida
  • Master's Certificate
  • Masters degree
63 Total References
Web References
The first HANS device was developed ..., 3 May 2013 [cached]
The first HANS device was developed and patented by Dr. Robert Hubbard (HANS Performance Products) in the early 1980s, and included a tether system that driver's felt limited the visibility of their side viewpoints.
NCMA North Carolina Motorsports Association, 20 Jan 2011 [cached]
By using innovative manufacturing techniques and materials, HPP co-founders Dr. Robert Hubbard and Jim Downing have significantly reduced the cost of safety and made the HANS Device universally available.
Dr. Hubbard continues to work as a consultant on the subject of head and neck restraint, most recently with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
SAE Press Room -- News and Press releases for media and public relations professionals, 23 Jan 2007 [cached]
Dr. Robert P. Hubbard
Hubbard is a retired professor of mechanical engineering at Michigan State University and owner of HANS® Performance Products Inc.He is being recognized for his contributions to the development of automotive seating and automotive safety, specifically for the development of the HANS® (Head And Neck Support) device.This head and neck restraint system is used worldwide in the racing community and is recognized as a major contribution to racing safety.Hubbard has authored or co-authored 69 reviewed publications and has been awarded six patents related to his invention.Hubbard is a resident of East Lansing, Mich.
A tragedy became an opportunity when ..., 13 Mar 2014 [cached]
A tragedy became an opportunity when Robert Hubbard used a horrible accident as a catalyst for changes in race car safety.
The retired engineering professor created a safety device that is used around the world in different auto-racing sports. His invention is the reason for his induction into the The Sports Car Club of America's Hall of Fame.
Hubbard, despite his contributions to the field, has never raced a car in his life.
Prior to his work at MSU, Hubbard worked at General Motors for six years and learned about car safety.
"He did not want to die that way," said Hubbard.
After Jacquemart's death, Hubbard and Downing created a device that would protect race car drivers in the case of a crash.
"It addresses the most common reason that race drivers were dying," Hubbard said.
When race cars crash, the body is pulled back and the neck goes forward, exposing the neck to a fracture or break.
The HANS device works to limit the movement of the neck and head areas during impact.
"(In a crash) you want to keep the head close to the torso," Hubbard said.
Hubbard and Downing split their work on the HANS.
Hubbard worked on the scientific research while Downing oversaw the business side.
Hubbard and Downing were both working at their day jobs and spent their after hours on the creation of the device.
Hubbard and Downing were inducted to the The Sports Car Club of America's Hall of Fame on March 8 in a ceremony in Charlotte, N.C.
Tech, 13 May 2010 [cached]
The HANS device (Head And Neck Support device) was designed by Dr. Robert Hubbard, a professor of biomechanical engineering at Michigan State University in the early eighties.
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