Ingrid Skogsmo (born Planath)

Born: 12 July, 1961

Civil status: Married, two sons

Education: Master of Science, School of Engineering Physics,1985, Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg, Sweden.
Master thesis (in German) performed at M.A.N., Munich, Germany. 

Present position: Jan. 2003 Director, Volvo Car Safety Centre, Göteborg, Sweden, approx. 170 employees

Additonal Assignments: Chairman of the Board of  Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP). (information at
Member of the Board of SAFER (information at

Previous positions:
2002: Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, USA:Manager, Corporate Safety Strategy & Communication, Environmental and Safety Engineering, Ford Motor Company  

2000–2002: Ford Motor Company, Manager, Environmental & Safety Planning, Global Marketing

1999-2000: Volvo Car Corporation, Göteborg, Sweden Manager, Safety Strategies, Volvo Car Safety Centre
1997-1999: Volvo Car Corporation, Göteborg, Sweden Manager, Safety Performance Standards and Accident Commission, Volvo Car Safety Centre

1996-1997: Resident  Safety Specialist on the North American market, at Volvo Car of North America 
1991-1996: Manager Technical Development and Strategy, Volvo Car Safety Centre

1989 – 1991: Biomechanics Specialist, Volvo Car Safety Centre

1987-1988: Test Engineer, Interior Safety, Volvo Car Safety Centre 

1985 – 1986: Trainee, Volvo Car Corporation

Professional Education: International Management of Technology (Executive Program), 2005, Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg, Sweden.

Hobbies: Family life, jogging, skiing, family trips




Ingrid Skogsmo holds a Master Degree in Engineering Physics from Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg, Sweden. She joined Volvo Car Corporation in 1985, and has worked in a range of positions, mainly related to car safety. She has been a member of several international working groups and authored and co-authored over 20 scientific safety papers. During 2000-2002 she  held positions as a Manager within Ford Motor Company in Dearborn for safety and environmental assignments.
Since 2003, Ms. Skogsmo is the director of Volvo Car Safety Centre. The Centre is responsible for Volvo Car's safety – from strategy and identification of future priorities, to realizing these in cars, to verifying the safety performance both in CAE, testing and the real world environment.
Volvo Car's in-house research and development has resulted in several world first introductions – such as the Whiplash protection seat (WHIPS) and the Driver Alert system.
Furthermore, Volvo Car is a committed member of several national and international research projects with preventative and active safety related focus, as well as crashworthiness programs.
Ms Skogsmo also serves as chairman of the board for the international Global Road Safety Partnership, working to improve road safety in the developing world.


A list of awards and publications will follow.



2006 Gustaf Dalén medal, Chalmersska Ingenjörsföreningen, Goteborg, Sweden, 2006

100 Most Influencial Women in North American Auto Industry, Detroit, MI, USA, 2000.

Award for Safety Engineering Excellence,  Presented by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration,  USA, at the ESV Conference, Windsor, Canada, 1998.

Award for Excellence in Oral Presentation, SAE International  Congress and Exposition, Detroit, MI, USA, 1993.




Planath, I.: "The Potential for Driver-Side Airbags in Australian Cars - A Preliminary Cost-Benefit Analysis", Road Traffic Authority, Victoria, publication no RN/87/14, 1986.

Nilsson, S. & Planath, I.: "Facial Injury Occurrence in Traffic Accidents and its Detection by a Load Sensing Face", ESV 1987.

Planath, I. & Nilsson, S.: "Testing and Evaluation of a Hybrid III Load Sensing Face", AAAM 1988.

Planath, I., Cesari, D. and Nilsson, S.: "Facial Fracture Protection Criteria  for the Hybrid III Load Sensing Face",  AAAM 1989.

Kajzer, J., Aldman, B., Mellander, H., Planath, I. and Jonasson, K.: "Bumper System Evaluation Using an Experimental Pedestrian Dummy.", ESV 1989.

Perl, T., Planath, I., Nilsson, S., Wille, M.: "Deformable Load Sensing Hybrid III Face", SAE paper no 892427, STAPP 1989.

Olsson, I., Bunketorp, O., Carlsson, G., Gustafsson, C., Planath, I., Norin, H. and Ysander, L.: "An In-Depth Study  of Neck Injuries in Rear End Collisions", IRCOBI 1990.

Benson, B., Perl, T., Smith, G. and Planath, I.: "Lateral Load Sensing Hybrid III Head."; SAE paper no. 912908,STAPP 1991.

Planath, I.: "Accident Studies, Biomechanics and Crash Protection", IN: Proceedings of Crash Injury Biomechanics Seminar, Adelaide, South Australia, 1992.

Planath, I.: "Facial Injuries", IN: Proceedings of Crash Injury Biomechanics Seminar, Adelaide, South Australia, 1992.

Planath, I.: "Neck Injuries", Biomechanics and Crash Protection", IN: Proceedings of Crash Injury Biomechanics Seminar, Adelaide, South Australia, 1992.

Bendjellal, F., Oudenard, L., Eller, E., Koch, M., Planath, I., Tarriere, C.: "Measurement of Head Angular Acceleration in Crash Tests: Development of an Electronic Device for the Hybrid III Dummy", SAE paper no. 922511, STAPP 1992.

Planath, I., Rygaard, C. & Nilsson, S.: "Synthesis of Data Towards Neck Protection Criteria for Children", International IRCOBI Conference, 1992.

Planath, I., Nilsson, S. & Norin, H.: "Severe Frontal Collisions with Partial Overlap - Significance, Test Methods and Car Design", SAE paper no. 930636, SAE International Congress and Exposition, 1993. Paper selected for publication in SAE Transactions.

Planath, I.: "Strategies for Side Impact Protection Improvement", IN: SAE publication SP-974, SAE International Congress and Exposition, 1993.

Skogsmo, I. & Nilsson, R.: "Frontal Crash Tests - A Comparison of Methods", SAE paper no. 942228, STAPP Conference, 1994.  Paper selected for publication in SAE Transactions.

Berge, S. & Skogsmo, I.: "Interaction of the Hybrid III Femur and Pelvis - A Mechanical Analysis". Presented at SAE International Congress and Exposition, Detroit, 1995.

Skogsmo, I.: "Side Impact Protection System Including the SIPS- Bag". Presented  at International Forum on Road Safety Research, Bangkok, Thailand, 1995.


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