Hannah Putnam, ME

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Hannah Putnam joined J.S. Held after a career in the automotive industry. With a unique education background and eight years of experience with one of the Big 3 automotive companies, Ms. Putnam brings insight into advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and vehicle safety systems. During her time in the automotive industry, Ms. Putnam spent three years validating upcoming ADAS features delivered via over-the-air (OTA) updates, collecting CAN data for analysis of vehicle system integration and troubleshooting. Ms. Putnam also spent two years with the Vehicle Evaluation and Verification team testing and evaluating driver, passenger, and curtain airbag deployment under extreme temperatures. Ms. Putnam was part of a rotational program which included time in restraints engineering and crash safety analyzing data from a variety of in-house tests including small offset rigid barrier (SORB), frontal and side impacts. At Penn State University, Hannah was an undergraduate researcher in the Computational Biomechanics Laboratory exploring the structure and effect of impact on the calcaneus (heel) bone, specifically targeting military injuries due to explosives. For her Schreyer Honors College senior thesis, Ms. Putnam worked in the Functional Biomechanics Laboratory using ultrasound and dynamometer technology to analyze the effect of the moment arm on the strength of calf muscle through volume and torque comparison of size-controlled subjects.

Hannah Putnam started her role at J.S. Held as a Senior Engineer in Accident Reconstruction in 2023. She is involved in vehicular accident investigation, reconstruction, and analysis with a focus on cases involving advanced driver assistance systems.

Professional Affiliations/Memberships/Licenses/Training

  • Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)
  • Tier II Driver Certification
  • Vector CANalyzer