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  • Pioneer in Highway Safety

Accolades and Awards

  • Inventor of the SAFER barrier - NASCAR​​

"I’m thrilled that Dean is SO WELL aware of this…and besides him thinking outside of the box, the other thing that is particularly exciting to me…is that he’s using fully instrumented dummies…what he’s doing is the closest thing to simulating what happens…as you can do it…"   

Dr. Cantu is a Clinical Professor Department of Neurosurgery and Co-Director Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy, Boston University School of Medicine; Senior Advisor to the NFL Head, Neck and Spine Committee; Section Co-Chair Mackey-White National Football League Players Association Traumatic Brain Injury Committee; Co-Founder and Chairman Medical Advisory Board Sports Legacy Institute; Adjunct Professor Exercise and Sport Science and Medical Director National Center for Catastrophic Sports Injury Research.​      ​


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  • Winner of the National Medal of Innovation and Technology
    • 1985 Steve Jobs
    • 1992  Bill Gates
    • 2005 Dean Sicking


​Dr. Robert Cantu's comments, Speaking in Feb. 2015 at Concussion summit in AL about Dr. Sicking's work on helmets.

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Texas A&M University

     Bachelor of Science - Mechanical Engineering, May 1980, Summa Cum Laude

     Master of Science - Civil Engineering, May 1987

     Doctor of Philosophy - Civil Engineering, December 1992

New Focus on Sports Safety at the University of Alabama- Birmingham