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Biomechanics Low Speed Collision Expert Witness


 

 

 

Expert Witness No. 1336

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

March ’05- Accident Reconstruction & Biomechanics
Present    Arroyo Grande, CA
President
Reconstruction and biomechanical analysis of accidents, collisions and injuries. Case retention examples include but are not limited to wrongful death, product liability, railway matters, maritime accidents, catastrophic injuries, homicide, criminal matters, slip/trip and falls, falls from heights, premises liability, human factors issues, pediatric injuries, industrial accidents, gun shots and trajectory analysis, aviation accidents, law enforcement, fireworks accidents, high and low speed vehicle collisions, pedestrian collisions, tractor-trailer collisions, motorcycle collisions, bicycle collisions, and helmet/protective equipment issues.

March ’10- Arroyo Grande Community Hospital Foundation
Present    Arroyo Grande, CA
Hospital Foundation Board Member (Volunteer)
Our Mission: “The Promise of healthcare philanthropy is the ability to change lives and the power to saves lives. The Arroyo Grande Community Hospital Foundation Board of Directors develops the resources that help keep and expand that promise to the people by assisting the hospital in fulfilling its mission, adhering to its core values, and providing medical services to all in our community.

Biomechanics Engineering Accident Reconstruction March ’04- Feb ‘05     
Davis, Sherman Oaks, San Diego, CA
Associate Biomechanics and Accident Reconstruction Consultant
Accident reconstruction and biomechanical engineering analysis of injury causing accidents.

Society of Automotive Engineers Sep ’03- Sep ‘04
Detroit, MI
Scientific Publication Reviewer (Volunteer)
Volunteer reviewer of scientific research publications pertaining to accident reconstruction and forensic biomechanics.

Head Protection Research Laboratory Jan ’03- April ‘04  
Paramount, CA
Biomechanist/Data Analyst
Research regarding select biomechanical topics in relation to motorcycle crashes and motorcycle helmets.

Roger Clark Associates Jan ’03-Feb ‘04    
Paramount, CA
Biomechanics and Accident Reconstruction Consultant
Accident reconstruction and biomechanical engineering analysis of injury causing accidents.

University of California, Los Angeles Jan ’03-April ‘03 
Los Angeles, CA
Graduate Student Researcher
Researcher in the department of Biomedical Engineering with emphasis on biomechanical topics.

Accident Research and Biomechanics Jan ‘00 – Dec ‘02    
Valencia, CA
Research Associate
Accident reconstruction and biomechanical engineering analysis of injury causing accidents.

California State University, Northridge Jan ’01- Dec ‘01        
Northridge, CA
Part-time Faculty – Graduate Teaching Assistant
Instructor of biomechanics laboratory, which is an undergraduate upper division course.
 
Los Robles Regional Medical Center Aug ’98-Jan ’00        
Thousand Oaks, CA
Physical Therapy Technician
Application of therapeutic modalities, assisted and observed patient assessments and evaluations, coached patients through exercise programs, wound care, patient education, and patient ambulation assistance.

TESTIMONY VENUE EXAMPLES

Qualified and testified as an accident reconstructionist and/or forensic biomechanical engineering expert in civil, criminal, and federal venues.

Approximately 400 trial, arbitration and deposition testimonies.

  • Los Angeles County Superior Court, CA
  • Fresno County Superior Court, CA
  • Tulare County Superior Court, CA
  • San Francisco County Superior Court, CA
  • Orange County Superior Court, CA
  • Sonoma County Superior Court, CA
  • Butte County Superior Court, CA
  • Merced County Superior Court, CA
  • Solano County Superior Court, CA
  • Santa Barbara County Superior Court, CA
  • San Luis Obispo County Superior Court, CA
  • Stanislaus County Superior Court, CA
  • Riverside County Superior Court, CA
  • San Bernardino County Superior Court, CA
  • Kern County Superior Court, CA
  • Alameda County Superior Court, CA
  • Santa Clara County Superior Court, CA
  • Ventura County Superior Court, CA
  • Shasta County Superior Court, CA
  • San Diego County Superior Court, CA
  • Sacramento County Superior Court, CA
  • El Dorado County Superior Court, CA
  • Sutter County Superior Court, CA
  • San Joaquin County Superior Court, CA
  • Multnomah County District Court, OR
  • Wake County Superior Court, NC
  • Clark County Superior Court, NV
  • Washoe County Superior Court, NV
  • Maricopa County Superior Court, AZ
  • Waukesha County Superior Court, WI
  • Cook County Superior Court, Ill
  • Darlington County Superior Court, SC
  • Broward County Judicial Circuit Court, FL
  • Monmouth County Superior Court, NJ
  • Third Judicial District, Superior Court for the State of Alaska
  • Edmund D. Edelman Children's Court, Monterey Park, CA
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of California, Fresno, CA
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of California, Sacramento, CA
  • United States District Court for the Central District of California, Los Angeles, CA
  • United States District Court for the Central District of California, Riverside, CA
  • United States District Court for the District of South Dakota, Pierre, SD
  • Board of Rights of the City of Los Angeles
  • California DMV Hearings

Previously retained as an expert in California, Alaska, North Carolina, Nevada, Washington, Oregon, Arizona, Florida, Texas, Michigan, Wisconsin, South Carolina, Indiana, Missouri, South Dakota, and British Columbia (Canada), Mexico, among others.

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES AND PRESENTATIONS

A large number of professional and educational (MCLE) presentations to law firms (plaintiff and defense), insurance companies, national organizations and international organizations.

Colleges of Law
Santa Barbara and Ventura, CA – June 2016
Guest Lecturer re: Expert Witnesses in Accident Reconstruction and Biomechanics

ASME Joint Rail Conference (JRC) Pueblo, Colorado – March 2011

ASTM International
Meeting on Sports Equipment and Facilities San Antonio, TX – November 2010

CAARS Quarterly Training Conference Roseville, CA – May 2010
Speaker - Accident Reconstruction and Biomechanical Analysis of Pedestrian Collisions

CAARS Quarterly Training Conference Riverside, CA – May 2010
Speaker - Accident Reconstruction and Biomechanical Analysis of Pedestrian Collisions

Crashteams Nation Conference Las Vegas, NV – March 2010
Speaker – Injury Mechanisms and Injury Severity

American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) – California Coast Chapter Masters in Cross Examination Seminar – October 2009
Speaker – Accident Reconstruction Expert

27th Annual Injuries in Baseball Course American Sports Medicine Institute Houston, Texas – January 2009

American Back Society & St. Mary’s Medical Center Advanced Diagnosis and Treatment for Neck & Back Pain Speaker – Las Vegas, Nevada – June 2007
 
2006 International IRCOBI Conference on the Biomechanics of Impact Sponsored by International Research Council on the Biomechanics of Impact Speaker-Madrid, Spain – September 2006

31st International Workshop on Human Subjects for Biomechanical Research Sponsored by NHTSA
San Diego, CA – October 2003

47th Stapp Car Crash Conference Sponsored by the Stapp Organization San Diego, CA – October 2003

International Whiplash Trauma Congress Sponsored by Spinal Injury Foundation Denver, Colorado – October 2003

2003 International IRCOBI Conference on the Biomechanics of Impact Sponsored by International Research Council on the Biomechanics of Impact Lisbon, Portugal – September 2003

47th AAAM Annual Scientific Conference
Sponsored by the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine Speaker - Lisbon, Portugal – September 2003

Southern California Conference on Biomechanics Sponsored by Pepperdine University
Speaker - Malibu, CA – March 2003

CSUN Student Research and Creative Works Symposium Sponsored by CSUN
Speaker - Los Angeles, CA – November 2002

Technologies Shaping the Future Sponsored by UCLA
Los Angeles, CA – October 2002

Southern California Tissue Engineering Symposium Sponsored by UCLA Biomedical Engineering Society Los Angeles, CA – September 2002

TRB 81st Annual Meeting
Sponsored by Transportation Research Board Speaker - Washington, D.C. – January 2002
 
American Society of Biomechanics Annual Conference Sponsored by American Society of Biomechanics
San Diego, CA – August 2001

SAE World Congress
Sponsored by Society of Automotive Engineers Speaker - Detroit, MI – March 2001

Clinical Seminar in Sports Medicine, “New Approaches to Disorders of the Spine” Sponsored by California State University, Northridge.
Northridge, CA - March 2000

Motorsports Safety – Presented by John Melvin, Ph.D. Sponsored by the Society of Automotive Engineers San Luis Obispo, CA – February 2000

SWACSM Annual Conference
Sponsored by Southwest American College of Sports Medicine San Jose, CA – November 1999

Participant and/or human volunteer in “low speed” rear, lateral, frontal, and underride/override impact crash tests.

Participant in pedestrian dummy and bicycle vs. automobile crash tests.

PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATIONS

Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstruction (ACTAR #1594)
CXLT Certification (Excel Tribometers, LLC)

RECONSTRUCTION SOFTWARE PROGRAM EXPERIENCE

  • MADYMO (MAthamatical DYnamic MOdels)
  • PC-CRASH
  • AutoCAD
  • MAYA
  • Photomodeler
  • HVE (Human, Vehicle, Environment)
  • ARAS HD
  • ARAS Blitz
  • ARAS Genius
  • Fotex

FORMAL EDUCATION

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, LOS ANGELES
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Biomedical Engineering Emphasis in Biomechanics, Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Minor field:  Injury Epidemiology

CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, NORTHRIDGE
Master of Science (M.S.), Kinesiology – Graduated with Distinction
Emphasis in Biomechanics

CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, NORTHRIDGE
Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Kinesiology – Cum Laude
Double Major in Health Science and Kinesiology

CALIFORNIA POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY, SAN LUIS OBISPO
Professional Certificate
Systems Integration Engineering

STANFORD UNIVERSITY
Graduate Certificate
Management Science and Engineering (in progress)


PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

American Mensa
UCLA Alumni Association
American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM)
Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE)
Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstruction (ACTAR)
California Association of Accident Reconstruction Specialists (CAARS)
American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
National Association of Traffic Accident Reconstructionists and Investigators (NATARI)
Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine (AAAM)
Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)
American Society of Biomechanics (ASB)
International Society of Biomechanics (ISB)
National Association of Railroad Safety Consultants and Investigators (NARSCI)


AWARDS

Young Investigator Award - Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine (AAAM) 47th Annual Scientific Conference
CSUN Student Research and Creative Works Symposium - 1st Place Award for College of Health and Human Development
American Society of Biomechanics - 2002 Student Travel Award
Graduate Student Researcher Award - Winter Quarter 2002, UCLA

PUBLICATIONS

A large number of professional and educational (MCLE) presentation to large law firms, insurance companies, national organizations and international organizations.

FORENSIC BIOMECHANICS AND ACCIDENT RECONSTRUCTION CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION
Available upon request

 

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