Mark Rosekind, who has brought a new level of aggressiveness and creativity to auto safety enforcement as head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, will speak at the Automotive News World Congress on Tuesday, Jan. 12.
Rosekind became head of the agency in December 2014, filling a position that had remained vacant for nearly a year.
Since then, he has not only dealt out stiff punishments to automakers, but also sought to reform the safety culture in the auto industry and within his own agency to curb what has been a persistent pattern of unchecked safety lapses erupting into crises.
Under his leadership, NHTSA has taken an unprecedented role in coordinating the complex recall of Takata air-bags, expanded the use of independent safety monitors within automakers and pushed Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to serve as a safety standard-setter for the industry.
Before his appointment, Rosekind was a member of the National Transportation Safety Board from 2010 to 2014. He is an expert on human fatigue and is credited with leading research in that field as it relates to all modes of transportation.
He founded and led Alertness Solutions, a consulting firm that specialized in fatigue management, and previously directed the Fatigue Countermeasures Program at NASA's Ames Research Center.
Rosekind earned his bachelor's degree from Stanford University, and holds master's degrees and a Ph.D. from Yale University.