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Obama taps NTSB’s Mark Rosekind to lead NHTSA

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Washington – President Barack Obama has nominated Mark Rosekind to be administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Since 2010, Rosekind has served as a member of the National Transportation Safety Board. If confirmed by the Senate, he will fill a role left vacant by previous NHTSA administrator David Strickland, who resigned in December 2013.

Rosekind is considered to be “one of the world’s foremost human fatigue experts,” according to his NTSB biography page. He started his career as director of the Center for Human Sleep Research at Stanford University’s Sleep Disorders Clinic and Research Center, and founded a firm that specializes in fatigue management.

At NTSB, Rosekind served as the board member on scene for seven major transportation incidents and participated in public hearings, forums and other events on topics including substance-impaired driving; distracted driving; and truck, bus and rail safety.

Rosekind joined four others who were nominated or appointed to posts Nov. 19.