Toyota Renews Commitment to IEEE Award for Environmental and Safety Technologies

In 2008, Toyota Motor Corporation and IEEE established the IEEE Medal for Environmental and Safety Technologies Award with assistance from Professor Fumio Harashima, Professor Hiroyuki Sakai and 2019 IEEE President-Elect Professor Toshio Fukuda. In 2018, Toyota renewed its commitment to this global award through a second US$300,000 gift to the IEEE Foundation, ensuring that the award will be presented through at least 2030.

“Toyota’s ongoing commitment to the IEEE Medal for Environmental and Safety Technologies will inspire individuals and organizations to develop innovative technologies to benefit humanity around the world,” said IEEE President José M. F. Moura. “We are pleased to work with Toyota to continue to recognize outstanding contributions in environmental and safety technologies.”

IEEE recently presented the 2019 IEEE Medal for Environmental and Safety Technologies Award to Richard Nute, D. Ray Corson, and Jim Barrick for their contributions to hazard-based safety engineering as the basis for product design and product safety standards development.

The creation of an engineering-based systematic process for predicting how energy flow can cause injury and for developing safeguards to prevent such injury by Nute, Corson and Barrick has taken safety standards to a new level and resulted in the development of safer products to protect people around the world. Originally developed as an internal course for engineers at Hewlett-Packard, now known as Hazard-Based Safety Engineering (HBSE), it allows for an environment for predicting a safe product design. Nute, Corson and Barrick went on to teach HBSE to engineers at other companies and around the world.

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