Sarah Kirkish is a former Ford Motor Company safety engineer with considerable knowledge of NHTSA's Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. During her fifteen-plus year career at Ford, she served as the Washington D.C. liaison between Ford and NHTSA and lobbied the agency on all Federal safety standards. Prior to leaving Ford in 2007, she was an Occupant Protection Manager supervising a team of automotive safety engineers and was responsible for providing strategic direction and technical information necessary to influence NHTSA rulemaking in the area of occupant protection safety standards. Earlier in her career at Ford, she worked as a Safety Standards Engineer where she provided technical interpretations of federal safety standards to various vehicle programs and responded to information requests from NHTSA. As a Ford Research Project Engineer, she developed and evaluated advanced safety restraint technologies, coordinated various research projects in the area of biomechanical safety research, and participated in safety teams to develop internal safety requirements.
Sarah holds an MBA from the University Michigan, an M.S. in Mechanical Engineer from Engineering from Wayne State University and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Technological University.
As a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers, she received the Outstanding Younger Member Award and the McFarland Award. She also is a senior life member of the Society of Women Engineers where she received their Distinguished New Engineer Award.