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Ralph Wilhelm
President & Founder
16002 Colleton Ct.
Carmel Indiana 46033
USA
phone: 317-508-6866
fax: 317-571-0429
Wilhelm Associates has over two hundred twenty cumulative years of experience in the Automotive Electronics Industry. As consultants, their strength is based on insightful analysis of potential sales opportunities and technical product gaps and differentiating opportunities. They focus on delivering an overarching strategy, supported with specific tactics that will enable success in the North American automotive electronics marketplace. Their experience is in Tier One and Tier Two markets and products covering services including:

Strategic Analysis - Business Development and Analysis - Technical Reviews and Alternatives - Licensing and Teaming for Success - Market Research - Market and Technical Analysis - Lean Systems Development and Analysis

President and Founder, Ralph V. Wilhelm, PhD, has over forty years of industry experience in the Automotive Industry. Dr. Wilhelm is familiar with automotive electronic component technology and the supply-line management required not only producing competitive automotive component and systems, but supervising the R&D, advanced engineering, forward technology development, sales, and product line management process from OEM to customer.

Dr. Wilhelm and his team have served dozens of clients, ranging from privately owned to publicly traded firms, small thirty person companies to Fortune 500 sized firms, small to very large law firms, and companies headquartered in Germany, France, Canada, China, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, and the US.

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Matthew Warren
Main Contact
Mail: PO Box 1608
Visit: 7805 Saint Andrews Road
Irmo SC 29063
USA
phone: 888- 827-7823 / 803-732-6600
fax: 803-732-7576
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Warren Forensic Engineers and Consultants, founded in 1997, is extremely well versed in the disciplines of Mechanical, Electrical, Chemical, Structural, and Fire and Explosion investigation. Their engineers are known for delivering the truth — origin, cause, responsibility, and cost of an event or claim — with unmistakable clarity. Warren Forensics provides technical investigations and analyses of personal injury and property claims as well as expert testimony for insurance adjusters and attorneys. Each member of their engineering team is a licensed professional engineer (P.E.) in multiple states. Beyond engineering expertise, their engineers and consultants also hold a variety of other certifications including Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator, Certified Vehicle Fire Investigator, Certified Fire Investigation Instructor, CMSE®-Certified Machine Safety Expert, Certified Safety Professional, Certified Building Inspector, and Certified Property and Evidence Specialist. 

Types of Loss:

  • Chemical: Ammonia - Confined Space - OSHA
  • Collision: Animal - ATV - Automotive - Bicycle - Farm Equipment - Motorcycle - Pedestrian - Truck
  • Commercial: Construction Defects - Construction Related Losses - Electrical and Control Systems - Liability Claims - Lightning Damage - Mechanical Systems - Roofing - Slip, Trip and Fall - Structural - Water Damage - Workplace Injuries
  • Fires and Explosions: Boiler - Commercial - CSST - Dust Explosions - Electrical - Fire Protection Systems - Industrial - LP and Natural Gas - Machinery and Equipment - Marine - Residential - Spontaneous Combustion - Structural - Vehicle and Mobile Equipment - Welding and Hot Work
  • Industrial: Boilers and Pressure Vessels - Construction Defects - Construction Related Losses - Cranes, Hoists, Lifting and Rigging - Electrical and Control Systems - Industrial Process Equipment - Liability Claims - Lightning Damage - Machinery and Equipment - Material Handling - Mechanical Systems - Roofing - Slip, Trip and Fall - Structural - Water Damage - Workplace Injuries
  • Inland and Ocean: Boilers and Pressure Vessels - Bulk Material Handling - Cargo Damage Assessment - Cargo Handling - Cranes, Hoists, Lifting and Rigging - Docks and Piers - Machinery and Equipment - Marinas - Marine Collisions - Marine Fire Protection Systems - Marine Liability Analysis - Mechanical and Electrical Systems - Slip, Trip and Fall - Workplace Injuries
  • Residential: Construction Defects - Construction Related Losses - Electrical Systems - Lightning Damage - Mechanical Systems - Roofing - Slip, Trip and Fall - Structural - Water Damage
  • Subrogation: Consumer Products - Electrical - Fire and Explosions - Machinery and Equipment - Workers’ Compensation
  • Catastrophic: Earthquake - Flood - Freeze, Ice and Snow - Hail Storm - Hurricane - Tornado - Wildfire - Wind Storm and Wind Shear

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This is the first blog in a series on integrating new technologies into the process of forensic investigations. Documenting the scene of an incident accurately, efficiently, and safely is a key step in every investigation. Busy roadways and unstable structures present hazards to the investigator during the investigation process. The use of remote sensors can reduce these risks and provide data that otherwise could not safely be obtained.

Welcome to the third and final post in our multipart series of blog posts about a young boy's fall and serious injury at a public playground. In our first post we gave a brief overview of the incident and our investigation. In the second post we discussed some of the safety standards applicable to public playgrounds. In this post, we will examine some of the impact-absorbing playground surfaces available to protect children at playgrounds from injury. If you would like to read the first two posts, they are available here and here.

10/8/2018 · Chemical Industry
On December 3, 1984, at a pesticide ingredient manufacturing facility owned by Union Carbide, a leak occurred in the Methyl Isocyanate (MIC) plant. Due to the toxic nature of the gases released and the plant's proximity to local residences, the death toll was in the thousands; both plant workers and nearby residents. The first recorded public meeting in response to this incident was on December 9th, in Institute, WV, the site of Union Carbide's only US MIC production unit. Full disclosure: my father was a research & development chemist for Union Carbide and Institute is about 10 miles down the Kanawha River from my hometown of Charleston, WV.

Welcome to the second part in our multipart blog series examining a young boy's fall and injury at a public playground. If you missed the first part in this series, click www.warrenforensics.com/2017/10/11/children-will-fall-at-playgrounds-what-shall-we-do-to-protect-them-a-multipart-blog-series-part-i/ to read it. In this post, we will highlight some resources that designers of public playgrounds can use to help ensure their designs are reasonably safe.

Many people just take for granted that something is just going to work, and in many cases assume that it will work forever. One such device that does not get enough attention is the Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI). Simply put, a GFCI is a protective device that compares the current flowing on the hot and neutral wires of the circuit and will "trip" to disconnect power to the circuit if a small imbalance of current is detected. The imbalance of current is an indication of a dangerous alternate path for the current to flow from a damaged line cord or a fault inside an appliance and constitutes a shock hazard to a person.

In 2011, a 5-year old boy was severely injured at a public playground when he fell through a second floor opening around a fireman's pole in a playhouse. He fell more than seven feet and struck a bare concrete floor. We are thankful that he eventually recovered from his injuries. The person who designed and built the playground was accused of negligence. A lawsuit ensued, and eventually settled in favor of the boy.

Event Data Recorders (EDRs) were first introduced by General Motors (GM) in 1974. That data was only available to GM; however, since 1994 more and more vehicle EDR’s have recorded data that can be gathered. The data captured can be imaged and is being used by vehicle manufacturers, law enforcement officers, and collision reconstructionists to better understand what is happening in a collision. In accident investigation, EDRs have the potential to provide independent measurements of crash data that would elsewise be estimated by reconstruction methodology.

6/27/2018 · Corrosion
When thinking about the safe operation of boilers (and don't we all?), several systems can readily be named; flame control, fuel/air ratio; steam pressure control, levels in the vessel, etc. What about the water? It seems so passive, as long as there is enough for level control, what's the big deal? Well, it turns out, that as the steam produced by a boiler is used in the process, the condensate from that steam is returned to the boiler as feedwater. However, since 100% of the condensate is not returned, whatever solids had been in that water before it evaporated to form steam are left in the remaining water. Fresh feedwater is added to maintain levels, but even fresh water contains some dissolved solids. So over time, the water in the boiler system gets saturated with all sorts of dissolved minerals.

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Aaron (Al) L. Duncan II, ACTAR
Vehicle Collision Reconstructionist
Mail: PO Box 1608
Visit: 7805 Saint Andrews Road
Irmo SC 29063
USA
phone: 888- 827-7823 / 803-732-6600
fax: 803-732-7576
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Aaron (Al) Duncan II, ACTAR, is a Vehicle Collision Reconstructionist with Warren. He is accredited as a Traffic Accident Reconstructionist by The Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstruction. 

Background Experience - Prior to joining Warren, Mr. Duncan worked for 23 years as a South Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper to include 10 years as a Multi-Disciplinary Accident Investigation Team (M.A.I.T.) member. As a trooper, he investigated in excess of 1,000 vehicle accidents and incidents. Then, as a member of M.A.I.T. for 10 years, he was involved in over 1,000 detailed investigations and collision reconstructions. Mr. Duncan is a member of the South Carolina Association of Reconstruction Specialists (SCARS), the International Association of Accident Reconstruction Specialists (IAARS), and the Blue Knights International Motorcycle Group. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science from Lander University in Greenwood, South Carolina and completed the Law Enforcement Basic Program at the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy in Columbia, South Carolina. 

Mr. Duncan has testified multiple times in state courts and he has been court qualified as an expert in accident investigation and collision reconstruction. His expertise focuses on investigating and reconstructing vehicle collisions involving single and multi-vehicles, animals, pedestrians, motorcycles, heavy trucks, and commercial vehicles. Mr. Duncan is also a skilled user of Forensic Mapping Technology and Computerized Collision Diagramming Software for collision scene analysis. He is experienced in the data download and analysis of airbag black boxes (Crash Data Retrieval Units) in automobiles, pickup trucks, and SUVs. 

Areas of Expertise:

  • Crash Data Retrieval
  • Forensic Mapping Technology
  • Vehicle Collision Reconstruction
Event Data Recorders (EDRs) were first introduced by General Motors (GM) in 1974. That data was only available to GM; however, since 1994 more and more vehicle EDR’s have recorded data that can be gathered. The data captured can be imaged and is being used by vehicle manufacturers, law enforcement officers, and collision reconstructionists to better understand what is happening in a collision. In accident investigation, EDRs have the potential to provide independent measurements of crash data that would elsewise be estimated by reconstruction methodology.

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44648 Mound Rd.
Suite 174
Sterling Heights MI 48314
USA
phone: 248-408-7981
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Douglas J. Van Sweden, PE, is a Mechanical Engineer with over 45 years of experience in the automobile industry, including 20 years with the General Motors Corporation.

Litigation Support - Since 1997, Mr. Van Sweden has been providing insurance companies, legal firms, and manufacturers with the objective, scientific research to clearly define what really happened, for the cost-effective answer. The facilities, equipment, training, and commitment to continuing education allow him to find and assemble the critical missing pieces in Accident Reconstruction cases. He painstakingly reconstructs events so the end picture will be the accurate and defensible answer to what really happened.

Mr. Van Sweden's services are available to attorneys representing plaintiff and defendant and include site review, record review, thorough reports, depositions, and trial testimony as needed.

Vehicle Expertise:
  • Cars
  • Trucks
  • Motorcycles
  • Boats
  • Recreational Vehicles
  • Bicycles
  • Personal Watercraft
  • Non-Transportation - Elevators, Hoists:
    • Vehicle Systems and Structures
    • Vehicle Design
    • Seat Belt and Airbag Restraint Systems
    • Interior Components
    • Fuel Systems
    • Electrical Systems
    • Cooling Systems
    • Exhaust Systems
  • Drive Trains
  • Brakes
  • Suspensions
  • Steering
  • Body
  • Corrosion
  • Crash Testing
  • Fires and Explosion Cause / Origin
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    Mike Napier
    CEO/President
    530 Forest Hill Road,Suite D
    Macon GA 31210
    USA
    phone: 478-750-7279
    fax: 478-745-3040
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    Mike Napier is a Trucking Expert with more than 40 years experience in the commercial motor vehicle (CMV) industry. He has worked in the real world of trucking and CMV operations, holding positions from Chief Executive Officer to Truck Driver and virtually every position in between. If you are looking for a Trucking Expert who not only knows the written text of the regulations, as is required of any competent Safety Director, but also has hands-on trucking experience of a truck driver and can speak to the issues of how the trucking industry operates from the top down, you have found him!

    Mr. Napier will equip an attorney with the knowledge that opposing counsel may not have. Mr. Napier’s unique experience differs dramatically from nearly all other commercial or trucking industry experts; in that he has first-hand knowledge and understands a trucking company’s organizational & operational structure and has a firm command of the regulations and the nexus of the industry standards of care.

    Mr. Napier’s diverse experience includes, but is not limited to, the following issues:
  • Regulatory and Industry Standards Of Care
  • Hours of Service and Symptoms of Fatigue
  • Safety & Health Standards
  • Preservation of Records
  • Corporate Financial Statements
  • Drug and Alcohol Testing
  • Accident Investigation
  • Brokers of Property
  • Levels of Financial Responsibility
  • Out of Service Violations
  • Registration and Insurance
  • Process Agent Designation
  • Operating Authority
  • Trucking Company Research Data
  • Common, Contract, Private or Exempt Motor Carriers
  • Hazardous Material Regulations
  • Lease and Interchange Agreements for CMV Tractor or Trailers
  • Truck Driver Duties on the Road
  • Motor Carrier Compliance Duties
  • Various Motor Carrier Related Contracts
  • and Much More. ..
  • Driver Qualifications
  • Driver Medical Qualifications
  • Commercial Driver Licenses
  • Hiring, Retention and Supervision
  • Employer-Employee Relationships
  • Accident Contributing Factors
  • Driver Skills Testing
  • Loading/Unloading
  • Cargo Securement
  • Electronic Control Modules (i.e. Black-box)
  • Satellite Tracking Systems/GPS (i.e. Qualcomm)
  • Tractor/ Trailer Inspections/Maintenance
  • DOT Compliance Reviews
  • Interstate or Intrastate Rules
  • Cargo Claims or Losses
  • Third Partly Logistics Agents (3PL)
  • Agents
  • Motor Carrier Liabilities
  • Fuel Tax Reporting
  • DOT Safety Fitness and Ratings
  • Human Resource Issues
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    Thomas Lepper
    810 Rose Drive
    Benicia CA 94510
    USA
    phone: 408-691-2779
    fax: 707-751-3833
    Thomas J. Lepper has over sixteen years of experience as a consultant, inspector and tester within the automotive industry. He has more than ten years of experience as a forensic automotive consultant for nationally known insurance companies and law firms. Mr. Lepper is qualified to testify as an Expert Witness in the Superior Court for the State of California.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Tire and Brake Separations and Failures
    • Theft and Forced Entry Issues
    • Fire Cause and origin
    • Transmissions
    • SDM Interrogation with CDR Tool
    • Steering and Suspension Systems
    • Seat Belt and Airbag Issues
    • Mechanical Defects
    • Throttle / Unwanted Acceleration Issues
    • Wiring and Electrical Issues
    • Racetrack / Racecar Incidents
    Mr. Lepper's forensic, automotive fire, brake and tire expertise has been performed for major nationwide insurance companies, nationally known rental car companies and law firms. Please contact for fee schedules.
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    TechRecon, Inc.
    Charles R. Lewis
    Traffic Accident Reconstructionist
    3377 Bethel Rd., SE
    Suite 107-273
    Port Orchard WA 98366
    USA
    phone: 360-876-3919
    fax: 360-876-3926
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    Charles R. Lewis, President at TechRecon, Inc., is a Traffic Accident Reconstructionist accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstruction (ACTAR) in 1993.

    Mr. Lewis has been analyzing collision data and reconstructing traffic accidents for over 30 years. As a former Adjunct Instructor at the Texas Engineering Extension Service of Texas A&M University System, he was responsible for developing and presenting Traffic Accident Reconstruction course curriculum.

    Mr. Lewis' company, TechRecon Inc. (formerly Technical Collision Reconstruction), was one of the first accident traffic reconstruction companies in the nation to begin using Engineering Dynamics’ collision speed analysis and collision simulator software to analyze and reconstruct traffic collisions.

    TechRecon, Inc. is equipped with Engineering Dynamics HVE 3d collision speed analysis and three-dimensional collision simulation software. This software permits the detailed study and analysis of:
    • Passenger Car, Pickup Truck, and SUV Collisions and Rollovers
    • Heavy Truck Collisions and Rollovers
    • Motorcycle, Pedestrian, and Bicycle Accidents
    • Vehicle / Trailer Combinations Dynamics Analysis
    • Human Kinematics Analysis
    They are also equipped to conduct Crash Data Retrieval from Airbag Control Modules.

    Litigation Support - Mr. Lewis is individually qualified as a traffic collision reconstruction expert witness in Superior, District, and Federal Court for both criminal and civil matters. His services are also available for arbitration hearings and other administrative hearings.

    Mr. Lewis has testified at depositions and offered pre-trial consultations regarding virtually every aspect of traffic collision reconstruction. As a consultant and expert witness, he has prepared reconstructions for attorneys representing a wide variety of clients, from individuals to automobile manufacturers, insurance companies to County District Attorney’s offices in Washington, Alaska, and Oregon since 1985.
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    Myles H. Kicthen
    Automotive Electronics Engineer
    Aptos CA 95003-5505
    USA
    phone: 831-539-8707
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    tech4cars.com is an Automotive and Transportation Electronics consultancy established to connect clients with resources and information on OEM and Aftermarket applications of electronics within vehicles of all types. Founded in 1986, Myles H. Kitchen provides a wide range of consulting services to all sizes of organizations, from technology start-ups, to Fortune 100 firms all around the globe. His client list includes auto manufacturers, automotive suppliers, investors, government agencies, other consulting firms, technology start-ups, attorneys, and insurance companies. 

    Consulting Services include:

    • Market Research - On companies, systems, products, components, markets, and market trends in the transportation electronics sectors.
    • Product Development - Provide turn-key contract engineering services for transportation-related electronic products. This includes designs (both analog and digital), software / firmware development, and prototype fabrication and testing.  Mr. Kitchen also provides design analysis and critique of exissting designs relative to auto industry standards, recommended design practices, and the harsh requirements of the automotive environment.
    • Forensic Investigations and Expert Services - For patent and IP matters, including prior art review, infringement / non-infringement, validity / invalidity, and support for INTER PARTES review. Mr. Kitchen has also provided technical due diligence services for merger / acquisition situations, and patent portfolio reviews. Mr. Kitchen works for both Plaintiffs and Defendants.

    Myles H. Kitchen is an Automotive Electronics Engineer with over 45 years of hands-on design, development, testing, manufacturing, and technical marketing of Automotive Electronics Components & Systems for both OEM and Aftermarket. Background Experience - A licensed Racing Driver and 3 time series champion, Mr. Kitchen is "hands-on", and has worked on nearly every electronic system used in vehicles. He also has experience with Consumer Electronics Products, Medical Devices, and Voice Recognition / Natural Language Dialogue software platforms. He is a Lifetime SAE Member, on 4 current Committees for Cybersecurity and Diagnostics, and formerly served on SAE J2657 Tire Pressure Monitoring Committee. Mr. Kitchen is a former Design Engineer for Motorola's Automotive Division (ignitions, engine controls), former Director of Automotive for National Semiconductor (semiconductors for all types auto electronics), former Director Automotive for Intel Corp (micro controllers and memories for automotive), and former VP Product Development / VP Marketing / Sales for Zemco Group (OEM and Aftermarket automotive electronics products - cruise controls, trip computers, security, remote keyless entry, clocks, modules and more). He also was part owner of Quantic Industries, an OEM vendor of airbag squibs and energetic devices.  

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    Ioannis Kanellakopoulos
    Chief Technologist
    Silicon Valley CA United States
    phone: 408-850-1242
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    Dr. Kanellakopoulos is a technology leader with 25+ years of experience in R&D and engineering management in both academia and industry. He has designed and built telecom products such as DSL and Carrier Ethernet hardware and software, as well as a prototype fully automated electric vehicle. He has conducted applied research in adaptive control of nonlinear systems, with applications to automotive driver assistance systems (adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, vehicle collision avoidance) and active suspensions. He has significant experience with international telecommunication standards (ITU-T SG15/Q4), and has directed collaborative projects with several automotive/truck manufacturers and vendors (Ford, Mercedes-Benz, DaimlerChrysler, Freightliner, Gentex, Visteon). His deep technical expertise in the areas of telecommunications and automotive driver assistance systems has allowed him to analyze patents and products in detail, and explain clearly (in expert reports, depositions, and court testimony) the main issues that the judge and jury need to comprehend in order to understand the essence of the case. His extensive educational experience allows him to help judges and jurors understand the topic they are dealing with, instead of confusing them with unnecessary technical details. After all, it takes excellent teaching skills and a deep understanding of a complex technical concept to convey the essence of that concept to non-experts without talking down to them.

    Ioannis Kanellakopoulos, PhD, et al
    Using a pedagogical style along with detailed proofs and illustrative examples, this book opens a view to the largely unexplored area of nonlinear systems with uncertainties. The focus is on adaptive nonlinear control results introduced with the new recursive design methodology--adaptive backstepping. Describes basic tools for nonadaptive backstepping design with state and output feedbacks.
    Ioannis Kanellakopoulos, PhD
    Abstract: A systematic procedure for the design of adaptive regulation and tracking schemes for a class of feedback linearizable nonlinear systems is developed. The coordinate-free geometric conditions, which characterize this class of systems, do not constrain the growth of the nonlinearities. Instead, they require that the nonlinear system be transformable into the so-called parametric-pure feedback form...
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    Mukul Verma, PhD
    Consultant & Professor of Mechanical Engineering (adjunct)

    USA
    phone: 248-971-0705
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    Mukul Verma Vehicle Engineering Expert PhotoMukul Verma, PhD, (Mechanical Engineering & Applied Mechanics) is a consultant with more than 35 years of experience in Vehicle Design and Automotive Engineering.

    His experience has included several engineering and management positions in development and testing of new vehicles at a major auto manufacturer. In these positions, he also led the implementation of numerous advances in design methodology and automotive safety technology. In addition, Dr. Verma has represented US automobile manufacturers’ associations in international deliberations on traffic safety and was appointed as chairman of an international team of experts which he led to successfully develop solutions for improving the safety of occupants in passenger cars when impacted by heavier SUV or pickup truck.

    Dr. Verma’s academic experience has been in Sustainable Transportation and he has taught graduate courses in Mechatronics and in Intelligent tires-and-vehicles. He has been consulted by US government organizations on automobile designs for higher energy efficiency, by overseas groups on electric vehicle functional safety and by manufacturers' group on intelligent tires & vehicles, among others. Dr. Verma has published more than thirty papers in peer-reviewed journals and at international conferences and his interviews and opinions have been published in the US and in the international media.

    Consulting Areas:

    Vehicle Engineering: Automobile design & testing. Passive Safety - airbags, sensors, structure components. Active Safety - Pre-crash sensors, Crash Avoidance, Autonomous braking. Electric vehicles’ functional safety.

    Sustainable Transportation Technologies: Designs for increased energy efficiency & safety. Intelligent Tires & Vehicles. Connected Vehicles. Mechatronics systems design.

    Product Liability and Forensic Engineering: Automotive Safety; Accident Analysis; Performance of vehicle structure, airbags, sensors, mechanical-electrical systems. Pedestrians’ safety. Pre-crash safety; accident avoidance. Electric and Hybrid Vehicles. Post-crash protection.

    Intellectual Property Claims: Analysis of Patent infringement and patent validity claims in areas of automotive safety systems (airbags, sensors, restraint systems, etc.), Tires and TPMS, Mechatronics components.

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    Many automobile accidents are complex cases with multiple events during a single accident. The aim of forensic investigations of such (and all other) accidents is to reconstruct the sequence and the severity of events during the accident and then to establish cause and- effect relationships between the injuries (or damages) and the probable factors - vehicle design (e.g. brakes, structure, airbags); vehicle operator (e.g. distracted driver, alcohol impairment, reduced vision); and operating conditions (e.g. fog, failed traffic sign, excessive speed, icy road).

    Hybrid cars have been on US roads for many years, starting with Honda InSight (1999) and Toyota Prius(2000) in mass production.

    In crashes between two automobiles, it is generally assumed that the lighter vehicle will suffer more damage and that its occupants will suffer higher levels of injury.

    This article contains a few of the findings from our recent study of automobile safety in frontal crashes. Parts of the data analyses are presented but details such as the relationship of a particular design feature to the measured injury indicators are highly dependent on specific cases and are available only for individual discussions.

    The New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (part of the U.S Department of Transportation) underwent major changes recently. For automobiles designated as model years 2011 and later, the changes involve both what is measured and what is published.

    Over the years, there have been several product liability litigations regarding pedestrians being injured and the front structure designs of the vehicles being alleged as the significant factor.

    The structural behavior of automobile seats and seatbacks is one of the factors often examined in investigating injuries to a vehicle's occupant(s) in crashes.

    Airbags in modern automobiles have been around for many years and their record in improving occupant safety in crashes is generally well accepted. However, many questions still arise regarding their deployment and performance in crashes.

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    Anthony G. Micale, Aerospace Engineer, BSME, MBA
    Paul J. Micale, Pilot, Masters Aeronautical Science
    Aircraft Design, Operations and Flight Experts
    Global Reach
    Based in Southern California, USA
    Solvang CA USA
    phone: 805-688-5035 (Office) 805-729-5989 (Cell)
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    Micale Partners has over 60 years of combined technical and operations experience in Aircraft Design and Operation, Space Launch Vehicle Design and Operation and Automotive Design. They provide services to clients both nationally and internationally.

    Micale Partners combines expertise in aerospace design, aircraft flight and airline operations. This combination provides the client a consulting resource that understands how a system should be designed, fabricated, assembled and used. The depth and complete knowledge of aviation allow Micale Partners to serve as a formidable consultant resource. The Micale Partners also provide a diverse background of industry experience ranging from aircraft to automotive to space launch vehicles.

    Consulting Services:
    • Aircraft Design, Certification, Safety, Incident and Accident Corrective Action, Maintenance, and Operation
    • Space Launch Vehicle Design, Construction, and Operations
    • Design, Manufacturing, Machining, and Inspection
    • Commercial and Military Aircraft Operations
    • Flight Operations and Safety
    • Automotive Development
    Anthony Micale Aerospace Automotive Engineering Expert PhotoAnthony G. Micale, BSME, MBA, has over 32 years of Aerospace and Automotive Engineering experience, including rigorous Failure Analysis. Mr. Micale is a dual citizen of the Unites States and the United Kingdom. He has Top Secret Clearance TS/SCI – Special Intelligence (SI) / Talent Keyhole (TK)and Department Of Defense (DOD) Secret Clearance.

    Mr. Micale is also currently employed at The Aerospace Corporation, a Federally Funded Research and Development Corporation where he contributes to US space flight mission assurance. He has specialized in aerospace design and operation of flight and space vehicles with an emphasis on Flight Safety and Mission Assurance. Mr. Micale is a past technical leader of an aircraft accident and incident investigation board comprised of engineers, pilots and legal counsel for a major commercial aircraft manufacturer. In this role he has studied, understood, created reports and defined design changes to resolve aircraft safety issues.

    Over his career, Mr. Micale has conducted numerous analyses of root cause to determine failures attributed to: Design Flaws, Human Error, Human Workload, Improper Manufacturing, and Inadequate Maintenance. He has designed aircraft systems, conducted testing and performed evaluation that have led to aircraft certification with the FAA and the CAA. His experience includes interface with aircraft manufacturers, space vehicle manufactures, commercial aircraft operators and government agencies.

    Anthony Micale has also been employed by Ford Motor Company where he designed automotive vehicle powertrains and vehicle control systems. He has vehicle dynamics training and understands the basis for vehicle stability and car crash dynamics.

    Practice Areas:
    • Aerospace Engineer
    • Aircraft Engineer
    • Failure Investigation
    • Failure Analysis
    • Aircraft Safety
    • Risk Assessment
    • Flight Controls Systems Design
  • Human Factors
  • Hazardous Operations
  • Space Vehicle Design
  • Fact Finding Event Reconstruction
  • Technical Drawings
  • Throttle Control
  • Anti-Lock Brakes


  • Paul J. Micale, Pilot, Masters Aeronautical Science, is an active airline pilot with 26 years of flight experience 13 of which are under FAR Part 121. Specializing in Aviation and Aerospace and Transportation, he has over 7,200 flight hours with multiple ratings.

    A decorated veteran, Mr. Micale has also been forward deployed as a combat pilot with the US Army during 7 years of active duty. He has been a combat pilot in both the C-12 (Beechcraft 200) aircraft and the AH-64 Apache Attack helicopter.

    Mr. Micale's career includes continued service as a Major in the US Army Reserves where he has been a pilot and commander of flight units. As a military pilot, Mr. Micale has flown fixed and rotary wing helicopter aircraft. His education and experience emphasizes Flight Operations and Safety. He has Department Of Defense (DOD)Secret Clearance.

    Paul Micale is a licensed civilian Airline Transport Pilot with type rating as Pilot in Command and is currently employed by American Eagle Airlines as a CRJ-700 Pilot and First Officer in the Canadair Regional Jet aircraft with 65 seat occupancy. He is FAA certified for CAT II instrument approaches and to fly in Reduced Vertical Separation Minimum (RVSM) airspace. Mr. Micale is type rated for this and other aircraft requiring an FAA type rating. He has a Masters of Aeronautical Science with a specialization in aviation safety from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

    Practice Areas:
    • Airline Pilot
    • Military Pilot
    • Aviation Pilot
    • Army Aviator / Army Pilot
    • Flight Operations
    • Helicopter Pilot
    • Aircraft Safety Risk Assessment
    • Human Factors
  • Crew Resource Management
  • FAR 121 Pilot
  • FAR Part 121 Pilot
  • FAR 135 Pilot
  • FAR Part 135 Pilot
  • Flight Safety
  • Aircraft Safety
  • Crewmember Fatigue.
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    David Merrion
    Chairman
    852 Annie Lang Drive
    Milford MI 48381-4713
    USA
    phone: 313-617-3137
    David F. Merrion is the retired Executive Vice President for Engineering, Detroit Diesel Corporation, now a subsidary of Daimler Trucks North America. He is an Expert Consultant on Diesel Engines, Diesel Emissions, and Diesel Engine Components such as fuel injection systems, turbochargers, and diesel after-treatment systems.

    Mr. Merrion is also an expert in alternate fuels and diesel engine applications such as trucks, buses, marine, gen sets, mining, construction etc.

    He has consulted for Detroit Diesel, General Electric, Achates Power, Eaton Corp, Penske Corp, Clean Diesel Technologies and many others.

    Mr. Merrion has a MSME from MIT, is an SAE Fellow,an ASME Fellow and received the ASME Honda Medal, and has been on six National Academy of Science Committees.

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    The diesel engine industry that manufacturers engines for medium and heavy duty trucks, had to develop new technology for 2004, 2007 and 2010 to meet EPA exhaust emission standards.

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    James D. Madden, PE
    Senior Forensic Engineer
    8803 Brecksville Road,Suite 7-216, Cleveland, Ohio 44141
    1700 West Market Street, Suite 318, Akron, Ohio 44313
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    phone: 440-838-1191
    fax: 440-838-1192
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    Regularly working in OH, PA, MI, NY & nearby states.
    Available Nationwide

    James D. Madden PE has over 40 years of experience as an Engineer including 17 years of Engineering Design, Industrial Operations, and Construction assistance, and 30 years of Forensic Engineering experience. James D. Madden's background includes the application of mechanical and chemical engineering research, industrial operations, equipment design, and facilities design with emphasis on Safety Analysis, Safety Design, and Safety Operations. James D. Madden's Forensic Experience has been based on principles of mechanical and chemical engineering and the principles of:

    • Human Factors
    • Safety Design
    • Safeguarding, including Machine Guards
    • Warnings
    • Codes, Standards and Recommended Practices

    Accidents Investigated by James D. Madden include:

    • Commercial / Industrial Equipment and Consumer Products
    • Chemicals, Gases, and Materials
    • Equipment and Industrial Fires and Explosions
    • Hazardous Combustion, including Furnace & HVAC Malfunction with Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
    • Industrial, Commercial, and Construction Operations and Facilities
    • Building and Property safety - Slips, Trips, Falls
    • Traffic Accidents including Roadway Design and Condition

    James D. Madden has worked over 30 years as a forensic engineer. In this time, James D. Madden has prepared over 600 written expert reports, and over 60 expert affidavits with technical content in response to motions. James D. Madden has provided testimony in over 90 discovery depositions and has testified in over 75 trials in local, state, and federal courts in several states. James D. Madden's services initially include consultation, on-site investigation, inspections, data collection, and preliminary evaluation. In addition, James D. Madden also provides calculations, testing, research, accident analysis, equipment and facilities analysis, accident and crash reconstruction, and verbal and written expert reports. James D. Madden's expert witness testimony is available for depositions, arbitrations, hearings, and trials.

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    Lewis Grill
    Trucking Expert
    3311 Ben Hogan Lane
    Billings MT 59106
    USA
    phone: 406-248-2766
    Lewis Grill is a Trucking Expert with over 45 years and millions of miles of experience. As a truck driver, owner operator, truck driver training instructor, truck driver training program director, and safety director, he offers consulting services for motor carriers and truck driving schools.

    Mr. Grill is currently assisting two U.S. DOT / FMCSA contractors (MaineWay and Volpe) with research on the effectiveness of Driver Training on Improving Driver Safety Performance. He is also assisting DOT with development of improved specification for interface software that can collect driver performance data from training simulators and transfer that performance measure data to Learning Management Software to assist in determining whether the driver has met Minimum Training Standards. Mr. Grill is also working on a special U.S. DOT project to study its Hazardous Materials Safety Permit (HMSP) program for motor carriers and report to Congress on the findings by October 1, 2013.

    Lewis Grill has made many guest speaker appearances as a truck driver-training expert for the nation’s leading trucking industry associations and organizations and assisted in the production of more than a dozen instructional videos and multimedia training modules for truck drivers. His numerous works on trucking and commercial motor transportation have appeared in national advertising, books, magazines, and national television. He has written more than 15 books and hundreds of articles on trucking, truck driving, and heavy equipment operation.

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    Nik Ellis
    Managing Director
    188 - 200 Pensby Road
    Heswall Wirral CH60 7RJ
    GBR
    phone: 0151-342-9961
    fax: 0151-342-7844
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    Established in 2000, Laird are an Expert Witness services firm supporting the Legal sector across the UK. They understand the importance of providing an efficient and seamless customer journey and review their processes continually to ensure that they achieve and surpass expectation levels daily.

    With constantly evolving IT systems and exceptional customer service, Laird are leading the way in the Expert Witness sector. You can instruct with the click of a button via their website and will be kept up to date at every stage of your case.

    Laird have three main areas of expertise:

    Automotive Experts
    • Vehicle Damage Reports
    • Low Velocity Impact
    • Diminution in Value
    • Desktop Reports
  • Vehicle Valuation Disputes
  • Accident Reconstruction
  • Pre and Post Repair Inspections
  • Vehicle Data Check
  • Photography Experts
    • Locus Reports
    • Personal Injury Photography Reports
    Language Experts
    • Interpretation
    • Translation
    • Witness Statements
    • Document sign up service
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