History of Exodyne, Inc.

Founder Ralph Rockow formed Exodyne—a debt-free, privately-owned corporation dedicated to prioritizing the needs of its customers—according to three simple yet powerful principles:

Operate ethically
Meet all deadlines
Exceed customer expectations

It started in 1942 when Hugh DeHaven was appointed as a Cornell University Medical College research associate, which led to the formation of the Aviation Crash Injury Research group (AvCIR). Since then, a small pioneering research group has grown into a diversified and dynamic technical services company devoted to the same principles of science and safety that Hugh DeHaven embraced nearly a century ago.

Hugh DeHaven

In 1917, Hugh DeHaven was a Canadian Royal Flying Corps student pilot when he was involved in a mid-air training flight collision in Texas. While the other pilot walked away from the crash, DeHaven suffered two broken legs and serious internal injuries. After a six-month recovery period, DeHaven concluded that his “safety belt” had actually caused his life-threatening injuries, beginning his lifelong quest to improve aircraft safety.

The future “father” of crashworthiness research studied accidents and interviewed collision victims so he could apply the principles he learned to pioneer the field.

In 1937, the US Navy took notice of DeHaven’s groundbreaking research. The National Research Council and the Office of Naval Research soon asked DeHaven to join the new Cornell University Medical College Crash Injury Research program.

Even though DeHaven worked in aviation safety, his research techniques and philosophy were applied to automobile safety. His work with aircraft crash tests and passenger “packaging” laid the foundation for current vehicle safety research.


Exodyne Historic Photos

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