Salvador Montesinos Acosta

MontesinosSalvador Montesinos Acosta
Automotive Restraint Design and Testing Engineer | 434.297.8047

Montesinos is a specialist on automotive passive safety restraint systems and is primarily involved in cadaveric and dummy crash testing at the Center for Applied Biomechanics.  He has over 20 years of experience in automotive passive safety restraint systems at SEAT (Volkswagen Group), Rucker Iberica, and AlliedSignal Automotive. As a project engineer, he has developed various vehicle safety restraint systems, which include seatbelts and airbags, to protect occupants in front and rear seats during frontal crashes.  He has developed seatbelt systems by designing load limiter, activation time, load profile, etc, and frontal and knee airbag systems by designing geometry bag, vent holes, strap, activation time, etc. The designed restraint configurations by him passed OEM internal targets, USNCAP, EuroNCAP, LatiNCAP, etc.  Also, he has analyzed new load cases for future vehicles to improve protection for the 5% female occupant and to mitigate submarining.




  • BS, Mechanical Engineering and Technology. Diploma equivalence obtained by University of Bridgeport.


Research Interests

  • Injury biomechanics
  • Automobile safety system design
  • Automobile safety assist


Awards & Affiliations

  • International Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)
  • Sociedad Técnica de la Automoción (STA)
  • Grup de Recerca Aplicada en Biomecànica de l’Impacte (GRABI)


Other Interests

  • Sports, Outdoors, Traveling, Cooking