Fire and Explosion Investigator
Mr. Agosti has more than
30 years experience involving fire investigations and prevention. His
experience includes structure fires; vehicle fires; fire deaths/injuries:
evidence collection and spoliation; witness interviews; still and video
photography; building and fire codes, including fire/building code violations;
life safety code violations; smoke, fire, carbon dioxide detector and alarm
issues; fire spread issues; fire sprinklers, walls, and doors; fire exits and
illumination; fire prevention analysis; fire department practices, including
fire department operations/ practices/ management; firefighter
deaths/injuries/safety; origin and make initial determination of cause including
structures, vehicles, equipment, and marine; insurance claims and criminal cases
involving theft, fires, fraud, and conspiracies to commit arson; electrocutions;
investigation of bombings and incendiary fires; boiler and furnace
fires/ explosions; LP and natural gas fires/explosions; kitchen range fires;
spontaneous combustions; electrical fires, including automobile, truck, boats,
and equipment; fireplace, flue, and chimney fires; home appliance fires;
industrial fires and explosions.
Licensed Engineer in Michigan
Mr. Bade has
more than 35
involving highway construction, including asphalt/concrete paving, underground
construction, bridges, drainage, traffic control and assessment, concrete packing
structures, concrete restoration, illumination, work zone safety, and construction field
supervision. He is a member of ASCE (American
Society of Civil Engineers) and NSPE (National Society of Professional Engineers).
Dave has performed numerous projects for MDOT (Michigan Department of Transportation) and has extensive experience with MIOSHA (Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration) regulations with respect to highway construction and safety.
Dave also has experience with vehicle crashes and vehicle crash reconstruction.
John G. Barnes;
Trucking Industry Expert
Mr. Barnes has over 25 years experience in the trucking and
insurance business with special expertise in truck insurance
underwriting; coverage form and claims; trucking operations;
driver manuals; driver hiring practices; FMCSA compliance;
safety audits; monitoring of safety and maintenance programs;
driver training; commercial insurance; trucking practices;
trucking policies and supervision; over-the-road truck driving
and operations; truck and parts purchasing; truck repair and
towing; and snow removal.
John has Bachelor's and Master's Degrees with his thesis
entitled "Transportation Containerization: Implications for
Labor and Industry."
James E. Barnhart, PE; Civil Engineer and
Licensed Engineer in Ohio, West Virginia
Barnhart has more than 35 years experience as a Civil Engineer with over 25
of these years specializing as a highway and bridge investigator and
inspector. His experience includes the design, construction, repair,
maintenance, inspection, and demolition of highways and bridges, including
all aspects of masonry and concrete technology.
Jim is a member of the American Concrete Association; the Ohio Society of Professional Engineers; the Engineers Club of Columbus; and the American Association of State Highway Engineers.
Timothy A. Dimoff, CCP, LPI;
Security, Safety, and Police Expert
Mr. Dimoff has over 30 years experience involving security,
safety and police procedures. His expertise includes security
systems planning, management, and evaluation; crime
foreseeability; standards of care; causation issues; use of
force; police pursuits; jail incidents; weapons use; failure to
protect; drug and alcohol policies and testing; dram shop
liability; corporate internal investigations; labor disputes and
strikes; management training and development; security
assessment and vulnerability issues; pre-employment screening
and background checks; sexual harassment; workplace violence;
crises management; executive security; human resource issues;
corporate security; management training/employee education;
arrest procedures; use of force/self defense/escalation of
force; vehicle pursuit procedures; narcotics
investigations/enforcement; patrol procedures; traffic
enforcement procedures; accident investigations; internal
investigation procedures; alternative weapons use; defensive
driving; electronic restraint devices; aerosol projectors;
martial arts; K-9 handler and trainer; DOT training; crack
houses; clandestine labs; search warrants; dock and warehouse
theft; fraud investigations; and school violence and prevention.
Tim's Certifications include Certified Protection
Certified State of Ohio School Commander in Law Enforcement (12
Years); Certified State of Ohio School Commander in Corrections
(8 Years); Certified State of Ohio School Commander in Jailer
Programs (8 Years); Certified State of Ohio School Commander in
Private Security (15 Years); Certified by the State of Ohio as
an Instructor and Expert in the Field of Law Enforcement &
Private; Security Training & Procedures. (15 Years); and
Licensed Private Investigator (LPI), Ohio.
His past and present Professional
Memberships include: The American
Society For Industrial Security (ASIS); The Infagard
Association; The NOITR; The American Society of Law Enforcement
Trainers (ASLET); The American Association of Correctional
Training Personnel; The State of Ohio and International Narcotic
Associations; The Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Association
of Ohio; The National Association of Prevention Professionals
and Advocates, Inc.; The Ohio Association of Security and
Investigation Services (OASIS); The Ohio Association of Chiefs
of Police, Inc.; and The National Advisory Board for Witness
Justice (Victims of Crime).
F. Dunlap, PE; Mechanical Engineer and Roadway and Railway
Licensed Engineer in Michigan
Mr. Dunlap has over 40 years of experience related to vehicles
and highway safety, with special expertise involving railroad
crossings. His expertise includes roadway and railways including
design, installation, maintenance and usage; highway and
railroad safety; operations research; mechanics; accident
reconstruction including large trucks; railroad/highway crossing
accidents; driver sound detection capabilities; roadside signage
and signals; roadside structures including guardrails,
signposts, impact attenuators, earthen median dikes and barrier
curbs; tire/road traction research including studded tires;
influence of highway curves and grades; vehicle handling
characteristics; collision avoidance maneuvers; conspicuity and
lighting systems; vehicle and locomotive braking
characteristics; train crew actions; traffic engineering; human
factors; warnings; locomotive whistle characteristics; driving
task analysis; and pedestrian, bicycle, and motorcycle safety
Duane is a member of The American Society of Civil Engineers; The Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE); The ITE Committee Activities: Committee 4M-7: Uniform Traffic Control Devices, Signs, and Guidance for Drivers, Passengers, and Pedestrians Within and Between Travel Modes, Committee 4E-A: Experimental Traffic Control Devices, Committee 5B-1: Design of Truck Escape Lanes, Chairman, Committee 4A-29: Accident Impact of Converting Stop Signs to Yield Signs; The Michigan Society of Professional Engineers; The National Society of Professional Engineers; The Professional Engineers in Private Practice; The National Academy of Forensic Engineers; The Society of Automotive Engineers; The National Association of Railroad Safety Consultants and Investigators; and a Past-Member of The Advisory Panel C-22, Vehicle Barrier Systems, National Cooperative Highway Research Program; and The Committee A2A04, Safety Appurtenances, Transportation Research Board, National Academy of Sciences.
Mrs. Ferrara has nearly 20 years experience in
biomedical engineering, including several years in the Department of
Neurosurgery with the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Her
expertise includes musculoskeletal injuries, brain injuries,
soft tissue injuries, trauma induced injuries, spinal disorders and
the biomechanics of spinal trauma. Biomechanical behavior of the
brain, head injuries, defective helmets and associated brain
injuries, spinal injuries, etiologies that affect the central
nervous system, sensory loss, child abuse, shaken baby syndrome, and
the effects of substance abuse on the brain.
Lisa is a member of the American Society for Testing Materials; the North American Spine Society; the International Biomechanics Society; and the Biomedical Engineering Society. She has nearly 20 years' experience in presenting lectures or articles regarding Biomedical Engineering, especially spinal issues. Lisa has authored more than 60 book chapters.
John Frackelton, ASE, MVIC, SSC;
Motorcycle, ATV, and Snowmobile Expert
Frackelton has over 35 years experience as a
Motorcycle, ATV, and Snowmobile Technician, Sales/Service
Manager, and Litigation Investigator. His expertise includes
motorcycle, ATV, and snowmobile operations and functions; crash
reconstruction; steering, suspension, tires, wheels, and
brakes; operator performance evaluations; mechanical,
structural, materials, and electrical system malfunctions and
defects; speed determinations; skid/scrape analysis;
deformation/penetration patterns; racetrack liability; service
training; product investigations and testing; fire
investigations; simulator training; quality control; insurance
investigations; air bag testing; and motor vehicle inspector.
John’s Certifications include ASE (Automotive Service Excellence);
MVIC (Motor Vehicles Inspector Certification); and SSC
(Snowmobile Safety Certification). John is also a Member of The
American Motorcycle Association; The Society of Automotive
Engineers; The Vintage Snowmobile Club of America; and The New
York Statewide Traffic Accident Reconstruction Society.
Seth Francis, HPET;
Engine and Vehicle Management Systems
Mr. Francis's vehicle and engine
experience includes: engine and vehicle graphical user interface
systems; knock control systems; fine tuning
engine management systems; designing engine calibration systems;
hexadecimal engine coding, chip addressing, and vehicle
communication protocol; modifying ECU/ADM's for street cars and
performance engine tuning; vehicle and engine performance and
repair; parts fabrication; vehicle emission inspection machines;
chassis dynamometers; five gas analyzers; and
controlling and reducing vehicle emissions.
Seth is a certified High Performance Engine Tuner (HPET) and a certified (Texas)
vehicle emissions inspector.
H. Glidden, PE, CFEI, PI; Mechanical Engineer, Certified Fire
and Explosion Investigator, Licensed Private Investigator
Licensed Engineer in Michigan, Ohio, Texas
Mr. Glidden has
more than 35
related to buildings and building systems/ equipment operation, maintenance,
Bill's experience includes management of waste materials; air and
water environmental control; fire systems and safety; equipment failure
evaluation; building construction, renovation, operation, and maintenance;
building plumbing and HVAC; and hospital mechanical and electrical systems
Bills' professional membership includes ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers), ASHE (American Society of Hospital Engineers), NAFEI (National Association of Fire and Explosion Investigators), and NFPA (National Fire Protection Association).
Bill has been involved with structural fire and explosion origin and cause litigation, providing site investigations, evidence examination, reports, and expert testimony.
Human Factors and Visual Expert
Dr. Green is an experimental
psychologist with more than 32 years experience in basic and applied
research involving human factors, conspicuity/visibility, warnings, and
man-machine interactions. Marc has been a faculty member and research
associate in psychology, physiological optics, and computer science at
several large universities.
Marc's research background includes grants and contracts from the National Eye Institute, the U.S. Air Force, and the National Science Engineering and Research Committee. He has been interviewed by The New Yorker, CTV National TV Network in Canada, the National Post of Canada, the Canadian Broadcasting Company Radio, the US National Public Radio, and the Los Angeles Times. He has also served as a consultant to NBC Dateline.
Marc is a member of the Human Factors and Ergonomic Society (the Transportation Technical Group, the Aging Technical Group, the Safety Technical Group, and the Forensic Professional Technical Group); the Society of Risk Analysts (Risk Science and Law Specialty Group); and the Toronto Chapter of the ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Human Interaction. He has authored more than 85 publications and has given more than 60 professional presentations.
|Paul H. Gross, CCM; Meteorologist||
Weather-related evaluations for vehicular accident reconstruction (including marine, aviation, and off-road); special events planning; construction delays; slip-and-fall incidents, including black ice formation; lightning strikes; property damage; time-of-death investigations; fire investigations.
Dave Harris, ACTAR
Crash Reconstruction Expert
Mr. Harris has over 20 years experience performing
vehicle crash reconstruction including: autos, trucks,
tractor-trailers, buses, motorcycles, bicycles, and off-road
vehicles; crash retrieval systems; energy crush deformations;
railroad crossings; total station mapping; computer-aided
diagramming; insurance fraud; drug- interdiction; and
Dave is ACTAR (Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstruction) accredited; is a certified Secondary Breath Analyzer Operator; and is a Certified Crash-Data-Retrieval Systems Operator.
Richard Hermance, FE, ACE;
Vehicle Crash Reconstruction and Snowmobile Expert
Mr. Hermance has over 30 years experience investigating motor vehicle crashes. Specific expertise includes snowmobile operations and functions, including safety; operator performance evaluations; speed determinations; skid/scrape analysis; deformation/penetration analysis; vehicle and component research and testing; seat belts, including child restraints; pedestrian and bicycle incidents; crash computer simulations; trail design and safety, including signage; human factors, including daytime/nighttime visibility and reaction times; occupant trajectory; motorcycles, ATVs, racing cars, and watercraft; buses, motor homes, and trailers, including campers; dynamic traction analysis; injury and crash biomechanics; Crash Data Recorder (CDC) analysis; acceleration and braking tests; and farm equipment.
Richard's certifications include a certificate as an Accident Reconstruction Expert (ACE) by the National Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstruction (1992); a certificate of Training, Commercial Vehicle Reconstruction: NATARI, NAPARS, NYSTARS (1999); a certificate of Training, Advanced Accident Investigation and Reconstruction, Crash Testing and Speed from Crush: NATARI, NAPARS, MATAI, NJAAR (1996); a certified Snowmobile Safety Instructor, State of New York; and a Board Certified Forensic Examiner (FE), The American Board of Forensic Examiners.
Richard is a member of The International Association of Accident Reconstruction Specialists; The National Association of Traffic Accident Reconstructionists and Investigators; The Research/Testing and Evaluation Committee, National Association of Traffic Accident Reconstructionists and Investigators; The Ethics Committee, National Association of Traffic Accident Reconstructionists and Investigators; The American Board of Forensic Examiners; The National Association of Professional Accident Reconstruction; and the New York Statewide Traffic Accident Reconstruction Society Inc.
Thomas J. Hern
Mr. Hern has over 30 years experience in the
automotive dealership business including automotive dealership
sales, service, and operations; automotive dealership
evaluations; relationships between dealers and manufacturers;
dealership and vehicle valuations; dealership training;
technology consulting; accounting systems; cost segregation
studies; and benchmark reviews.
Tom was a recipient of the 1997 Dow Searle Fellowship and a winner of the 1997 Faculty Excellence Award.
R. Heyl, PE; Electrical Engineer
Licensed Engineer in Michigan
30 years experience involving building electrical system and equipment
design, installation, maintenance, and troubleshooting.
His experience includes residential, commercial, industrial, and manufacturing
facilities and their appliances/equipment.
has been involved with automation and robotic systems; computers and PLC programming; low
and medium voltage distribution systems; code compliance; and standby and prime power
Jims experience also includes controls and instrumentation systems as well as investigations of electrical systems and components as the origin or cause of fires. Jim is a member of IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers) and IES (Illuminating Engineering Society).
Joseph A. Incavo, PhD;
Dr. Incavo has over 25 years experience in Tire Forensics,
including material science of elastomers, polymers, and
chemicals; FEA (Finite Element Analysis); manufacturing;
testing; compounding; quality processes; intellectual property
and patent support; reformulation analysis/interpretation;
thermostats, thermoplastics, fillers, additives, and curatives;
polyurethane elastomer products; Duraseal Tire Sealant;
depolymerized butyl rubber; RFID tags; pyrolysis GC/MS;
volatiles analysis; gas analysis; analytical instrumentation;
hexane, ethylene, and polyethylene quality; petrochemical
plants; gas chromatography; handling of toxic gases; clean
rooms; tire molds; and electron spectroscopy.
Joe is a Member of The American Society of Testing Materials;
The Rubber Manufacturers Association; The American Chemical
Society; The ACS Rubber Division; The Research Society of Sigma
Xi; and is an Instructor of Six Sigma and Quality Systems.
He also has 16 patents and has authored numerous publications in peer reviewed journals.
Robert C. Krause, MS, EMT-P, CFI;
Emergency Medical Services Expert
Mr. Krause has over 20 years experience in emergency medical
services as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) performing
Emergency Medical Services (EMS). His experience includes
emergency vehicle driving operations; EMS chart and protocol
reviews; EMS, EMT, and paramedic policies, procedures, and
standards of care; emergency communications procedures; fire
department operations, ambulance operations, fire department
training procedures; fire suppression tactics; fire, rescue, and
extrication operations; law enforcement policies and procedures;
safety and security training; emergency medicine, including
pediatric; medical records review; first responder training;
OSHA compliance; water safety; telecommunications; respiratory
and cardiac arrest; chemical agents, including WMD's; school
violence and security; and workplace violence.
Bob is a member of The International Association of
Firefighters (IAFF); The International Society of Fire Service
Instructors; The International Association of Emergency Managers
(IAEM); The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA); The
National Association of EMS Educators; The National Academy of
Emergency Medical Dispatch (NAEMD); The Association of Public
Safety Communications Officials (APCO); The National Society of
Collegiate Scholars (NSCS); and The National Flight Paramedics
Association. Bob has given over a dozen EMS and EMT
presentations nationally and internationally, and has
contributed to several medical publications and professional
Levosinski, PE; Mechanical Engineer
Licensed Engineer in Michigan
Mr. Levosinski has more than 30 years
of automotive, machine tool, and construction machine analysis,
design and testing experience. This experience includes HVAC; FEA
analysis; DOE by Taguchi; vibration and noise analyses; airbag
systems; gas inflators; filter systems; vibration and tool chatter
analysis; and load, stress, and strain analysis of off-highway
machinery and components, including axles, drivelines, and front end
George holds six U.S. Patents for various modules, assemblies and guardings. He is a Registered Professional Engineer, and has received the TRW Chairman Award for Innovation in Engineering.
Traffic Safety Expert; Private Investigator
Mr. Lewis has
more than 25 years experience involving vehicle crashes, traffic
safety, and private investigations, including auto, truck,
tractor-trailer, bus, motorcycle, train, boat, and bicycle
incidents; highway and traffic design, including pedestrian injury;
driver perception and response; human factors and vision; vehicle
"black box" analysis; seat belts and air bags; biomechanics of
occupants; skip tracing-missing persons; and serving legal
Terry is a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers and the National Association of Professional Accident Reconstruction Specialists. He is a Security and Private Investigator, and is a court accepted expert in traffic accident reconstruction in Ohio and Michigan. He is also trained as a police officer, a semi tractor-trailer driver, and in traffic accident investigations and event data recorders (vehicle black boxes).
Mattiacci, CAP, CTAI, LPI
Crash Reconstruction Expert
Mattiacci has more than 15 years experience performing crash reconstruction
for autos, trucks, motorcycles, bicycles, off-road vehicles, and
pedestrians, as well as black box information recovery and evaluation. Gary is a licensed pilot and performs aerial
photography to assist in evaluating highway and road defects. Gary is
also experienced in witness interviews, background checks, and skip trace
Gary is a member of the Michigan Association of Traffic Accident Investigators, and is a Certified Accident Reconstructionist, Certified Traffic Accident Investigator, and a Licensed Private Investigator.
D. Merillat, MAT
Forensic Vehicle Expert
Mr. Merillat has more
than 25 years experience as a vehicle mechanic for autos, trucks,
buses, and agricultural equipment. Randy's expertise
encompasses all vehicle systems including engines, drive lines,
suspension, steering, electrical systems, computer systems,
heating/cooling systems, black box information recovery, and brakes. He also teaches vehicle
mechanics at several institutions in Ohio and Michigan.
Randy is a Member of the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) and holds a Master Automobile Technician (MAT) Certificate from that organization. He also holds Auto Technology Teaching Certificates/Licenses from the states of Ohio and Michigan.
|Lawrence W. Moriarty
Product and Materials Expert
Mr. Moriarty has more
than 30 years of product design and materials engineering
experience. His experience includes product design and
testing; failure analysis; chemical, physical and metallurgical
testing; manufacturing operations; quality control; materials and
fasteners; corrosion protection; responses to banned substances
(asbestos, lead, cadmium, PVC, mercury and hexavalent chromium);
FMVSS, SAE and ISO requirements; evaluation and testing of cloths,
carpets, leather, plastics, metals, rubber, glass, lubricants,
paints, sealers, and adhesives; development of advanced automotive bumpers, body structure, and hardware; heat treating
Lawrence is a member of the American Society for Metals (ASM); the ASTM B-8 committee on Electroplating; and the SAE Wrought Aluminum subcommittee. He has taught courses in metallurgy, materials science, physics, mathematics, and strength of metals.
Rob Painter, ASE, CFL, CFEI, CVFI, CFATE;
Senior Forensic Vehicle Analyst
Mr. Painter has over 20 years of experience in
vehicle transponders, ignition locks, steering columns, and
anti-theft systems; vehicle fraud; production and testing of
keys and locks; air bags; fire and explosion origin and cause;
vehicle collision repair; auto and medium/heavy duty trucks;
vehicle brakes, steering, suspension, engines, drive train,
axles, air conditioning, and electrical/electronic components;
and auto dealership management.
Rob is a
Board Certified Forensic
Examiner; an ASE Certified Auto, Collision, Med/Hvy/Duty Truck
Technician; a Certified Airbag Specialist; a Certified Forensic
Locksmith; a Certified Forensic Auto Theft Examiner L-5; a
Certified Vehicle Fire Investigator; and a Certified Fire and
Explosion Investigator. He is a
Member of The International Association of Forensic Auto
Theft Examiners; The International Association of Arson
Investigators (Multiple chapter membership); The North Central
Regional Chapter of International Association of Auto Theft
Investigators; The International Automotive Technicians Network;
The South Carolina Insurance Fraud Investigators; The National
Association of Fire Investigators; and The American College of
Parker, PE; Civil Engineer
Licensed Engineer in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, West Virginia
Mr. Parker has more than
25 years experience in Civil Engineering including vehicle crash
reconstruction, including automobiles, trucks, buses, trailers,
motorcycles, water craft, and trains; analysis of mechanical and
structural failures, including foundation, wall and roof collapses;
vehicle defects and failures, including hydraulic/air brakes,
steering and suspension, drive trains, and tires; mold remediation
in homes, schools, and commercial buildings; vehicle fires and
explosions, including arson; product defects, including mechanical
and electrical failures; water infiltration, hail, and wind damage;
roadway incidents, including road design and visibility analysis;
design analysis; building code compliance; fire investigations;
steel structures; glazing and roofing systems; conveyance systems;
crane runways; traffic flow and accident patterns; signage and
Ethan is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers; the Miami Valley Association of Traffic Collision Investigators and Reconstructionists; the National Society of Professional Engineers; the Ohio Society of Professional Engineers; the Society of Automotive Engineers; and the Structural Engineers Association of Ohio. He is ACTAR accredited Traffic Accident Reconstructionist, and an ASE Certified Technician for automobiles, trucks, and school buses.
Thomas B. Peeler;
|Part/mold design optimization; polymer materials; medical implants; CAE Analysis, including mold flow/cooling/warp analysis and FEA; problem solving and failure identification; design and cost assessments; material selection and performance; solids CAD modeling experience (Pro-E, Solidworks); process condition optimization; metal to plastic conversions; injection molding machines.|
Thomas R. Piazza, CCM;
|Meteorological incidents and weather-related evaluations for: vehicular accident reconstruction (including marine, aviation, and off-road), special events planning, construction delays, slip and fall incidents, lightning strikes, property damage, fire investigations; cyclogenesis; ozone studies; Doppler Radar; weather code displays; computer generated surface maps; road pavement temperatures; renewable energy.|
Materials and Chemistry Expert
Priddy has more than 35 years experience involving the analysis, design,
manufacturing, and testing of organic materials and products, notably
plastics. Duane has served as an expert for litigation involving
product defects, premises damage, and personal injuries. His area of
expertise also includes medical implants (e.g. hip/ knee/ shoulder/ elbow).
Duane is a member of ACS (American Chemical Society) and has 65 U.S. patents. He has authored more than 100 publications, including 5 encyclopedia articles and 8 book chapters, and has written more than 200 Dow Plastics Internal Research Reports. He has also written and published a book entitled "Modern Styrenic Polymers" (Wiley, 2003).
|William Gary Rogers, CFI, LPI; Fire Investigator||
Mr. Rogers has more
than 30 years experience involving the investigation and "chemistry"
of fires and explosions. His experience also includes
environmental assessments and remediation, mold and asbestos
abatement, structural collapse evaluations, and hazardous materials
Gary is a member of the American Institute of Planners, the Society of American Foresters, the International Association of Arson Investigators, and a past member of the Building Officials and Code Administrators International (BOCA), and the Michigan Water Pollution Control Association.
|C. Shawn Saunders, PE
Licensed Engineer in New York, Pennsylvania
Mr. Saunders began performing vehicle crash reconstruction investigations in
1983 and since that time has performed investigations for autos, pick-up
trucks, large commercial vehicles, buses, motorcycles, snowmobiles, and
bicycles. He has also investigated incidents involving highway and
traffic design, vehicle fires, and seat belt usage and failure. He is
experienced in black boxes in both commercial and passenger vehicles. He has
provided expert witness testimony for depositions, arbitrations, and trials.
Shawn is a Licensed Professional Engineer, a New York State Certified Code Enforcement Official, and a member of the International Conference of Building Officials.
Dram Shop and Safety Expert
Mr. Schmidt has almost 30 years experience involving dram shop
liability relating to alcohol sales, service, policies,
procedures, security, supervision, and operations. His expertise
includes: liquor law compliance and safety; underage drinking;
intoxicated patrons at and upon leaving bars, restaurants, night
clubs, bowling alleys, sports facilities, and special events;
and undercover, financial, criminal, and regulatory
John is Certified as a Trainer for TIPS (Training for
Intervention Procedures). He has participated in numerous
training courses conducted by the New Jersey State Police, FBI
and New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control. He is a
graduate from the New Jersey State Police Academy.
Railroad Operations, Equipment, and Safety Expert
Mr. Scott has over 40 years experience as a Train Operator,
Foreman, and Trainer. His expertise includes railroad operations
and equipment; safety training; train performance; commodities
transportation; locomotive engineer; brakeman/foreman/conductor;
air brakes; event recorders; locomotive engineer training;
loading and unloading; end of train devices; derailment
investigations; train emergencies; and train simulators.
Jim's Certifications include FRA Certified as required by
49 CFR Part 240 and FRA Certified Conductor as required by 49
CFR Part 242.
Lynn Stringer, BSME
Vehicle Engineering Expert
Mr. Stringer has more than 25 years experience
in vehicle engineering, including motor vehicle design,
manufacturing, testing, and servicing including: passenger cars,
trucks, buses, trailers, and private/commercial vehicle carriers;
engines; fuel systems; electrical systems; lubrication systems;
cooling systems; exhaust systems; drive trains; brakes; suspension;
steering; wheels/tires; rear drive axles; A/C systems; vehicle crash
safety structures; and laboratory testing procedures.
Robert S. Sugarman, PhD, PE;
Human Factors/Visual Expert
Mr. Sugarman is an Experimental Psychologist and Registered
Professional Quality Engineer with over 40 years experience. His
expertise includes human factors; visual perception; human
vision (contrast, brightness, color, speed, and distance);
conspicuity; attention; reaction time; product and equipment
design; medical equipment; instructions and procedures; warnings
and labels; individual differences training; cognitive
psychology; situational awareness; vehicle accidents; industrial
and construction accidents; slip and falls; ergonomics;
workplace layout physics; instructional system development (ISD);
perceptual processes; physiological processes; drunken driving;
decreased alertness; studies of camouflage; machine interfaces;
evaluation of commercial products; environmental health and
safety; and quality control.
Bob’s Professional Activities and Honors include: Fellow,
The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society; The International
Ergonomics Association, Technical
committee on Slips, Trips and Falls; The American
Psychological Association,; The Western New York Chapter of the
Human Factors Society; The Assoc. for the Advancement of Medical
Instrumentation, Human Engineering and Home Healthcare Devices;
The ASTM, Voting Member on Committees E34, F15, and F38; Reserve
Deputy, Sheriff of Erie County, Scientific Reserve Division;
Western NY Science Congress, Board of Directors; SUNY at
Buffalo, Research Asst. Prof., Human Factors Coordinator;;
Stavatti Aircraft Corporation, Board of Directors, Director of
Human Factors Engineering;
Aero Club of Buffalo; Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association;
and in 2003, Dr. Sugarman was an invited columnist for a
three-part series on Human Factors for the
Buffalo Law Journal.
Bob has authored over 60 papers and publications, numerous training programs, and 5 patent disclosures (one US patent awarded). He is a contributor to ANSI/AAMI HE48-1993, Human Factors Engineering Guidelines and Preferred Practices for the Design of Medical Devices; ANSI/AAMI HE74:2001, Human Factors Design Process for Medical Devices; ANSI/AAMI HE75:2009, Human Factors Engineering – Design of Medical Devices, and, in progress, Instructions and Training for Home Healthcare Devices.
Shane Tecklenburg, AAEM;
Engine and Vehicle Management Systems
|Mr. Tecklenburg has
over 15 years experience in spark and diesel engines; data
systems and sensors; turbochargers and superchargers, Bosch K/KE
Jetronic and Motronic Systems; MoTec engine management systems;
nitrous oxide systems; fuel injection systems; suspension
systems; and engine team management.
Shane is certified in Advanced Automotive Engine Management (AAEM).
|Kevin R. Theriault, ACTAR, CFC, CDS; Vehicle Crash Reconstruction Expert||
Mr. Theriault has over 25 years experience in law enforcement
with special expertise in vehicle crash investigations and
reporting. Expertise includes vehicle crashes (auto, truck,
tractor-trailer, bus, motorcycle, bicycles, and off-road
vehicles); FMSC regulations; vehicle and equipment inspections;
documents research; DOT safety compliance; audit reviews; event
data retrieval systems; alcohol and drug detection; emergency
vehicle operations; air brake systems; ABS/FMVSS regulations;
vehicle barrier crash testing; computerized accident
reconstruction; biomechanics; railroad crossing incidents;
driving fatigue; motor fleet safety principles and practices;
fleet training; tractor trailer underride analysis; fleet risk
management; police crash investigation procedures; traffic
signal analysis; teaching accident investigation; and robotic
Kevin has a Certificate of Full Accreditation from the
Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstruction; is
a Certified Crash Data Retrieval (CDR) Technician; a Certified
Crash Data Retrieval (CDR) Data Analyst; is a Fellow of the
American Board of Forensic Examiners; Certified Forensic
Consultant; is a Certified Director of Safety, North American
Transportation Management Institute; and has a Valid Virginia
Operator's License with Motorcycle Endorsement. He is also a
Member of The National Association of Professional
Reconstruction Specialist, Inc; The Southeast Accident
Reconstruction Society; and The Illinois Association of
Technical Accident Investigators. Kevin also has taught Accident
Investigation to several police, insurance, and medical groups.
|Dennis Toaspern, MAR, MCI||
Mr. Toaspern has over 30 years of experience in
motorcycle, ATV, and
snowmobile accident reconstruction and injury mechanisms;
operator performance evaluations; assembly, inspection,
trouble-shooting, and performance evaluations; racing
facilities; mechanics instructor; operator training; mechanical
and electrical system malfunctions; speed determinations;
skid/scrape analysis; and deformation/penetration patterns.
Dennis is a member of the
National Association of Traffic Accident Reconstructionists and
National Associations of Professional Accident
Reconstruction Specialists; the International Association of Accident
the New York Statewide Traffic Accident Reconstruction
Society, Inc.; the
American Motorcyclist Association, Competition Member;
and the Square Deal Riders Motorcycle Club (past Vice
President). He is a
Motorcycle Certified Instructor (MCI) and certified in
Motorcycle Accident Reconstruction (MAR). He also holds his
Motorcycle Inspectors License; Road Racing License; and Airframe
& Powerplant Mechanics license.
|Robert P. Walson, PhD
Metallurgical and Materials Expert
Dr. Walson has more
than 25 years experience in materials and metallurgical engineering.
His expertise includes mechanical and material failures;
structure and component analyses including metals, plastics, glass,
ceramics, wood, and construction materials; nondestructive,
microscopic, and surface chemistry testing; industrial equipment;
construction equipment; consumer products; chemical processes;
Scanning Electron Microscope and X-ray failure analyses; engine and
power system components and materials including turbines; ceramic
valve seat inserts; machine elements and design; and high
temperature cast irons alloyed with aluminum.
|C. Dennis Wylie, CPE
Human Factors Expert
Mr. Wylie has
30 years experience involving Human Factors and Ergonomics Research.
He is a Member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics
Society, the International Ergonomics Association, and is a Board Certified Professional
Dennis was a Principal Investigator and Manager of a U.S. Department of Transportation Study, completed in 1997, entitled Driver Fatigue and Alertness Study: Rewriting the Rules. Dennis was also the Principal Human Factors Scientist involved in vehicle and license class definitions, rules, and regulations, made part of CFR Title 49, part 383.9. Dennis wrote, The Model Drivers Manual for Commercial Vehicle Driver Licensing, used by all states for commercial driver licensing, in addition to Instructors Manual, National Commercial Driver License Examiner Training Program.
Dennis has given over 12 Human Factors/ Ergonomics/ Transportation-related presentations, and has over 60 related publications.
|Robert A. Yano, PE
Senior Mechanical Engineer
Licensed Engineer in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, California
Mr. Yano has
30 years experience involving the analysis, design, fabrication,
testing, and maintenance of automotive systems and components. He is a member of SAE
(Society of Automotive Engineers), NSC (National Safety Council), ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers), ASHRAE
(American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers), and NFPA (National Fire Protection Association).
Bob's previous clients have included Ford, Diamler-Chrysler, Catepillar, Cummins, John-Deere, Visteon, Detroit Diesel Allison, GE Electrical Division, TACOM (Tank Automotive Command), and NHTSA (National Highway Transportation Safety Administration).
Bob's work for Ford included developing state-of-the-art component test facilities for their Crash Barrier Test Facility and their Body Test Lab in Dearborne, Michigan. Components included seats, doors, windshields, roofs, wipers, bumpers, brakes, airbags, and steering/suspension components. Bob's earlier work for NHTSA included testing the safety of proposed air bag systems. Bob collects and restores antique and classic vehicles.