Mr. Degeneffe specializes in issues related to vehicle structural performance, occupant restraint system performance, energy storage system performance, and the integration of structural design into overall vehicle crashworthiness. His experience includes setting vehicle crash strategies and subsystem requirements, vehicle design/development process, and vehicle and subsystem testing to meet regulatory compliance, consumer metrics, and OEM requirements. He has expertise in the design of body structures and frame/chassis systems for front, side, rear, and rollover crash protection. His experience also includes the balancing of vehicle subsystem requirements between structures, restraint systems, and other vehicle subsystems.
Mr. Degeneffe is also experienced in the application of computer simulation (CAE) to vehicle crashworthiness and other aspects of vehicle design and development such as handling, NVH, and structural stress / fatigue.
Prior to joining Exponent, Mr. Degeneffe was employed by General Motors Corporation for 33 years in various positions relating to vehicle design/development with emphasis on CAE and testing. He was a member of the design/development team for several vehicles. In his last assignment at GM, he was an Engineering Group Manager, Safety and Crashworthiness Department, responsible for the crashworthiness performance of all North American full size pickups and full size sport utility vehicles.
Engineering Group Manager – Vehicle Safety and Crashworthiness Integration, NDX Human Capital Solutions, 9/2013-11/2013
Engineering Group Manager – Vehicle Safety and Crashworthiness Integration – Full Size Trucks, General Motors Corp., 2003-8/2013
Engineering Group Manager – Vehicle Safety and Crashworthiness – Full Size Trucks, Full Size and Mid-size Vans, General Motors Corp., 1990-2003
Staff Project Engineer – Safety and Crashworthiness, General Motors Corp., 1988-1990
Lead Engineer – Engineering Analysis, General Motors Corp., 1981-1988
Test Engineer – Vehicle Test Group, General Motors Corp., 1980-1981