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Accident Collision Reconstruction Private Investigator Expert Witness


Expert Witness No.807

Washington

This expert received his master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Southern Methodist University, during which time he began studying accidents and working on failure analysis.  His early work with Bell Helicopter provided an opportunity to further explore metal fatigue, fracture and failure analysis.  Concurrent with his interest in vehicles and collision analysis, he has been intimately involved in auto racing because it has proven to be a test bed for new technology, vehicle development, and the best training center for the understanding of vehicle handling and control.

Education:

M.S.         Mechanical Engineering           Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX - 1996
B.S.          Mechanical Engineering           Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX - 1990
A.A.          Mathematics and Natural Science    Fort Hays State University, Hays, KS - 1987
Nat’l Student Exchange Program     Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA - 1985
Physics Major

Licenses / Certifications:

(ACTAR)   Accredited Traffic Accident Reconstructionist
by the Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstruction
(PI)           Private Investigator - Texas Commission on Private Security
(ASE)        Certified Automotive Technician - National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence
Brakes                                Automatic Transmission/Transaxle
Suspension & Steering         Manual Drive Train and Axles

Special Training:

World Reconstruction Exposition Conference, College Station, TX - Sep. 2000
Accident Investigation I & II, AAIAA - Mar. 2000
Acceleration and VC2000PC Training - Feb. 2000
Texas Association of Accident Reconstruction Specialists Conference, Houston, Texas - Jan. 1999
"Crash ’98" - Conference on Reconstruction and Safety on the Highways, TEEX - Oct. 1998
U-Race, "Introductory Driver Training" Race School - July 1998
Texas Association of Accident Reconstruction Specialists Conference, Lago Vista, Texas - June 1998
SAE98 - Society of Automotive Engineers Annual Congress & Exposition, Detroit, MI - Feb. 1998
Introduction to Claims Exam," Insurance Institute of America - Nov. 1997
"Introduction to Claims," Austin Community College, Center for Career & Business Development - 1997
"Crash ’97 - Staged Vehicle Collision Testing," TEEX - 1997
"Technical Writing," American Management Association – 1996
"Commercial Vehicle Inspection/Accident Investigation," TEEX - Texas A&M University - 1994
"Accident Reconstruction & Investigation," Institute of Police Technology and Management - 1992
"Traffic Accident Investigation," Northwestern University, Traffic Institute - 1991
"Measurements at the Scene," Northwestern University, Traffic Institute - 1991

Professional Associations:

Member, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
Member, Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)
Member, National Association of Traffic Accident Reconstructionists & Investigators
Member, National Association of Professional Accident Reconstruction Specialists
Member, Texas A&M Sports Car Club Association
Member, Sport Car Club of America
Member, Porsche Club of America

Honors & Organizations:

Sally Blum Award - Excellence in Engineering Design
George Bray Scholarship Award
Delta Sigma Phi, Outstanding Active Award
President, Delta Sigma Phi (FHSU)
Executive Council representative for Inter-Fraternity Council
Vice President, Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity (SMU)
Student Engineering Joint Council
Mini Baja Engineering Competition (SMU)

Detailed Professional Experience:

Senior Analyst                                                                                1999 to Present

Primarily engaged in accident investigation and reconstruction, collision causation and injury prevention analysis.   Design special equipment and test procedures to study  pre- and post-impact collision data.

Engineering and Fire Investigations (Formerly Bill Cox & Associates)    1997 to 1999
Senior Forensic Analyst

Technical manager to engineering staff.  Oversee and monitor testing, technical analysis and crash test research.  Accident reconstruction evaluation and analysis, sight surveys and vehicle inspections, vehicle kinetic and kinematic analysis, occupant kinematics and injury determination.  Assist with strategic planning and development.

Vehicle Collision Reconstruction                                                          1996 to 1997
Accident Reconstruction Specialist

Owner/President - Established firm to provide accident reconstruction and investigation of transportation accidents.

Automotive Research Corporation, Inc.                                               1995 to 1996
Project Engineer

Accident reconstruction analysis.  Comprehensive mathematical analysis and modeling, computer modeling and simulation, detailed scene and vehicle inspections.   Project management.

Evans & Associates, Inc.                                                                    1993 to 1995
Accident Analyst

Accident investigation, analysis and evaluation.  Site surveys and mapping.  Evidence preservation and photography.  Speed, time and distance calculations.

Accident Reconstruction Lab, Inc.                                                       1990 to 1993
Accident Investigator / Mechanical Engineer

Accident investigation and reconstruction including vehicle and scene inspections, photography and documentation.  Research, testing, and time and distance studies.  3-D physical modeling and still frame animations.  Preparation of exhibits, diagrams and demonstrative evidence.

Bell Helicopter Textron                                                                        1988 to 1989
Co-Op, Engineering Internship

Dynamics Group - Field Investigation Lab.  Assist with analysis and design of components; accident investigations and failure analysis; helicopter component inspection; photography and documentation; and fatigue and metallurgical examinations.

Publications & Presentations:

Available upon request.

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