Protecting Humans in Motion

CEO Chris O'Connor

A message from our CEO, Chris O'Connor

To understand what Humanetics does, you must first understand our purpose – to save lives and protect mission-critical equipment. Knowing our products protect human safety and well-being is what motivates us every day.  It is why we continually innovate and seek new opportunities to make a difference.  It is why we are proud to be part of Humanetics.

Since we developed safety tests for air force pilots back in 1952, Humanetics has been synonymous with the iconic crash test dummies we pioneered. Our customers include every automotive OEM in the world, every Tier 1 supplier, and every safety supplier - so if you supply an airbag or a seat belt, a seat or a child seat, you are a customer of Humanetics.

Over the past 70 years, we have transformed Humanetics into a global, digitally driven, technically diverse industrial technology group serving a range of sectors spanning automotive, aerospace, defense, biomedical, oil and gas, new energy, semiconductors, and industrial. Our customers seek our help in the most complex, environmentally challenging markets.

In our safety portfolio, we now provide a complete ecosystem of products for our customers, from our iconic crash test devices to active safety platforms, calibration, certification systems, and precision sensor technologies.

The most dramatic developments have come through increasing digitization. What many people are not aware of is that in the last twenty years, in addition to expanding our portfolio of safety test equipment and sensor technology solutions, roughly one-third of Humanetics’ offerings are now data and software. Our digital portfolio is both the spearhead of our integrated hardware and software solutions, as well as the foundation of the value we create for customers.

If I look ahead and predict the future, I see more and more simulation, and more and more software used by customers to refine the development and test process. Our portfolio of safety digital products starts with ergonomics software. Then we have finite element modeling to represent the physical dummy, and finally, we’re developing new human body models that will bridge the gap between comfort and safety.  The currency that drives all of these solutions is the creation and management of data that helps customers get products to market faster and more reliably.

Humans in Motion

In our sensor technology portfolio, our unique capabilities are highly valued across a vast array of applications – whether it’s fiber optics, optic-based sensors, micro machining or strain gauges – our products are designed into some of the most impressive engineering programs. Even in our sensor portfolio, the precision processes for our sensor assembly, fiber optics and laser machines are controlled and managed by sophisticated software.

In the next 70 years, we will pioneer more technology in the world’s most critical environments, deliver solutions that integrate software and hardware, and create the data customers need to build value. Like today, you will find our solutions everywhere: in the safety crafted for every car on the road; in missions taking humans to Mars and the moon; seven miles under the Earth; supporting the development of well-fitting personal protective equipment (PPE) for first responders; delivering haptic sensitivity to doctors in robotic surgery and administering medication to patients in intensive care units. Humanetics thrives in the most challenging environments by putting humans at the center of industrial design.

We are continually inspired by the passion we have for our products, for our mission and for what we can do every day to change the world. There are not many companies that can make this claim. The reason we get up in the morning and come to work is because we can save lives: our solutions make a difference.

CEO Chris O'Connor


Christopher J. O’Connor

Chris is the global leader of the Humanetics Group and is one of the industry's recognized experts on vehicle and occupant safety. He is a retired Colonel in the US Army Reserves and a board member of several fast growth engineering businesses. He can often be found calculating velocity and winds speeds on the golf course, or tuning the torque on one of his engines.