Paul Santos and Anne Stuart are the Trustees of the Santos Family Foundation, which was created in 1999 by Paul in memory of his first wife, Robin Olsen Santos, and their three children, Cristina, Paul, and Peter, all four of whom died in an automobile collision in 1990.
The Foundation focuses on improving vehicle safety, including the crash-worthiness of automobiles, crash prevention, and the reduction of deaths and injuries to vehicle occupants, pedestrians, and bicyclists from vehicle crashes. In the past 20 years, the Foundation has partnered with a number of university research centers and advocacy groups, including MIT AgeLab, Center for Auto Safety, Citizens for Reliable and Safe Highways, Public Health Advocacy Institute, University of Alabama’s Center for Advanced Public Safety, and George Washington University’s National Crash Analysis Center, as well as Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering and the Volpe Center of the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Since 2014, the Foundation has sponsored a team of undergraduate students at Olin College through its Senior Capstone Program in Engineering (SCOPE) each year. In 2017, the Foundation began a collaboration with researchers from the Volpe Center to work with the SCOPE teams. The Foundation provides funding while Alex Epstein and other Volpe staff members provide mentorship and technical support to the SCOPE team. The 2017-2018 SCOPE team developed an app that has become the VIEW Blind Zone measurement tool. With additional funding from the Foundation, Volpe researchers have continued to advance, refine, and promote the app, while raising awareness of driver blind zones.
Paul and Anne are grateful to be able to partner with Volpe on this project and pleased that this work is being recognized by the Vision Zero Fleet Forum.