Safety certification and homologation are among the most difficult tasks faced by today’s automakers. Martin A. Heitkamp, an automotive safety expert, brings his vast experience and extensive knowledge of that highly specialized field to DCYI.

Mr. Heitkamp cut his engineering teeth at Chrysler in the late 1970s before taking on unique challenges at Legend Industries, where he developed the intercooler system for the twin-turbo Delorean DMC, and at Telephonic Corporation, where he analyzed a thermal-protection package for the B-1B strategic bomber.

Returning to Chrysler in 1982, Mr. Heitkamp spent a year in aerodynamics before becoming engaged in safety engineering, a field that has been his focus ever since.

His many achievements in safety engineering include the planning and direction of engineering and manufacturing activities that preceded the introduction of Chrysler’s first air-bag system. As safety became a major industry concern, he developed and executed plans to ensure that Chrysler products met all stationary- and moving-barrier impact requirements and served as the liaison to the automaker’s legal staff in regard to impact-related legislation. Following the merger with Daimler, he helped integrate the two automakers’ safety-test methodologies.

In 2001 Mr. Heitkamp assumed responsibility for the certification and homologation of numerous Dodge and Jeep products. He also served as a contact for product teams in regard to frontal- and rear-impact regulatory requirements and provided assistance to the corporate legal staff in impact-related litigation.

Mr. Heitkamp earned his Bachelor of Science degree in applied engineering and engineering physics at Cornell University. He also did graduate work at the same university in vehicle aerodynamics and heat-transfer processes.

In recent years he has served as a consultant to Altair Engineering and Chrysler Group LLC in areas of safety certification and regulatory interpretation. He will undoubtedly prove a tremendous asset for DCYI and its clients.