MSF's Williams to chair Transportation Research Board Motorcycle Committee

Publish Date: 
Feb 29, 2012

Sherry Williams, director of quality assurance and research at the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, will head up the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Motorcycles and Mopeds Committee, the MSF announced this week.

The TRB's stated mission is to promote innovation and progress in transportation through research. It incorporates more than 200 committees composed of individuals who share an interest and expertise in transportation. The Motorcycles and Mopeds Committee is concerned with all aspects of motorcycles and mopeds, including the operator, the vehicle and the transportation environment.

“Each TRB standing committee brings together experts in a specific field from academic, practitioner, user and industry sectors, and from all levels of government,” said TRB transportation safety coordinator and senior program officer Richard Pain. “The Chair provides leadership in carrying out the scope of the committee, developing research needs statements in its field, developing and carrying out a committee strategic plan and more. Dr. Williams brings many years of diverse and directly relevant experience to the committee and has been an active member since 2005.  With her enthusiasm, leadership and management skills, and research expertise, we look forward to an exciting three years for this committee.”

Williams will lead the committee in developing a Triennial Strategic Plan and identifying research needs specific to motorcycles and mopeds, as well as issuing Research Needs Statements. These statements will be used to stimulate research that addresses issues relating to motorcycle safety and motorcycles as a transportation mode for use by practitioners, researchers and others, MSF stated.

“This new responsibility is an excellent opportunity for the MSF to serve millions of riders by championing representation from a broad cross-section of voices, and bringing them together and amplifying their voices in order to accomplish progress in motorcyclists’ safety and inclusion through actionable transportation research,” Williams said.

Williams is director of quality assurance and research for the MSF. She also serves as co-principal investigator for the MSF 100 Motorcyclists Naturalistic Study. Williams has been attending the TRB’s Motorcycle and Moped Committee meetings since 2004 and has been a member since 2005. She earned her Ph.D. in Organizational and Interpersonal Communication with an additional emphasis in Statistics and Research Methods from the University of Kansas, and she has an M.A. in Communications with an emphasis on Training and Organizational Development from the University of Northern Iowa. Additionally, Williams has been recognized as a Certified Quality Auditor through the American Society of Quality.

Posted by Mary Slepicka