NUCPS Fricke Cooper Achievement Award

In November 2022, Northwestern University Center for Public Safety will proudly present our inaugural Fricke Cooper Achievement Award to students of our Traffic Crash Investigation & Reconstruction programs who have successfully completed the following nine (9) courses, either on-ground or online / remotely:

  • Traffic Crash Investigation 1;
  • Traffic Crash Investigation 2;
  • Vehicle Dynamics;
  • Traffic Crash Reconstruction 1;
  • Traffic Crash Reconstruction 2;
  • Crash Data Retrieval Analysis & Applications;
  • Elective Course 1; 
  • Elective Course 2; and,
  • Elective Course 3

We have instituted this award to recognize individual and organizational commitment to continued professional development and to delivering the best, most professional traffic crash investigation and reconstruction services to the community. The Fricke Cooper Achievement Award represents a cumulative total of hundreds of hours of course work, homework, study, and exams. Recipients of the 2022 Award will be invited to a November luncheon to receive their awards.

The 2022 Fricke Cooper Award application and instructions for the 2022 Fricke Cooper Achievement Award can be downloaded here. Applications are due no later than October 1, 2022. Candidates will be notified by Nov. 1, 2022, of the date and location of the awards presentation.


About Fricke & Cooper

Lynn Fricke and Gary Cooper are internationally respected authorities in traffic crash investigation and reconstruction as well as legendary NUCPS instructors. 

Lynn B. Fricke is a licensed engineer and educator specializing in vehicle crash reconstruction. He began his career at the Northwestern University Traffic Institute  (renamed in 2000 as the Center for Public Safety) in 1975, and was appointed director of the Traffic Institute's Accident Investigation Division in 1981. He initially authored several topics under J. Standard Baker's helmsmanship of the classic texts Traffic Crash Reconstruction and Traffic Crash Investigation before himself becoming the primary author of the current editions. In 1992, he teamed up with Gary Cooper to form the firm Fricke Cooper Engineering, from which he retired in 2001. During his retirement, he has continued to work with NUCPS as a consultant, crash investigation instructor, and as an on-going editor of our authoritative textbooks. Fricke graduated cum laude from St. Louis University with a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering. He earned a M.S. in Traffic Engineering from the Univeristy of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, and a M.A. in Teaching from National Louis University.

Gary Cooper began his career with the Indiana State Police in 1976, where he served through 1984. During his tenure as a state trooper, he attended several specialized courses on crash investigation and reconstruction at Northwestern University. Cooper graduated summa cum laude from Purdue University with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, and following his career with the ISP, he joined the Traffic Institute, where he taught courses in collision investigation and reconstruction while also working as an independent consultant and an expert witness. In 1990, Cooper was named director of the Institute's Accident Investigation Division, developing several courses for professionals in the field. While at NUCPS, Cooper began co-authoring several topics in multiple editions of Traffic Crash Reconstruction. He is now the new primary author of the upcoming edition of this classic text. Following Fricke's 2001retirement from Fricke Cooper Engineering, the firm has continued as Cooper Barrette Consulting, LLC. Partner Roger Barrette is also a NUCPS instructor. 

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