George Parker
George Parker is a highly-regarded expert in automotive safety who, during his twenty-seven year career at NHTSA, held an unprecedented number of leadership positions, including the following:

  • Associate Administrator for Research and Development (1989-1995)
  • Associate Administrator for Enforcement (1983-1989)
  • Director, Office of Defects Investigation (1982-1983)
  • Acting Director, Office of Market Incentives (1982)
  • Director, Crash Avoidance Division (1978-1982)
  • Program Manager, Non-Passenger Car Fuel Economy Standards (1976-1978)
  • Supervisory Highway Safety Research Engineer (1972-1976)
  • Highway Safety Research Engineer (1968-1972)

Following his career at NHTSA, George was Vice President for Engineering Affairs at the Association of International Automobile Manufacturers. Since leaving AIAM in 1999, he has provided consulting services in the area of automotive safety policy to a number of automobile manufacturers and U.S. auto manufacturer trade associations.
Prior to joining NHTSA, George worked for six years as a structures engineer in the aerospace industry at Minneapolis-Honeywell Regulator Co., General Dynamics; and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

During his career at NHTSA, numerous awards, among them were the NHTSA Administrator's Award in 1977, the Secretary's Award for Meritorious Achievement in 1980, the Secretary's Award for Outstanding EEO Achievement in 1984, and the Presidential Meritorious Executive Award in 1988. He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from San Diego State University as well as an M.S. in Engineering Mechanics from the Catholic University of America.