Automotive Forensic Technologist: Examinations and Expert Witness for Vehicle Mechanical and Electrical Systems

Technical Consultant #1262


Expertise

  • Automotive systems and component failure analysis, vehicle, vehicle fires, vehicle theft and recovery.
  • Gas chromatograph use for accelerant identification.
  • Court qualified expert, deposed numerous times.
  • Assisted attorneys, prosecutors and insurance companies concerning causes of accidents, insurance fraud, consumer fraud, and fatalities.
  • Well versed in any automotive subject and systems.
  • Occupant restraint systems examination and crash data retrieval interpretation.
  • Seat belts and supplemental inflatable restraint systems.
  • Vehicle major assembly failure analysis.
  • Power plant, transmission, failure analysis and causation.
  • Unintended sudden acceleration investigation.
  • Electronic throttle control systems.

Expert Witness Experience

  • Municipal Court - Sudden Unintended Acceleration - Reckless Driving citation dismissed
  • County Court - Insurance Fraud - Agency responsible
  • State Court - Vehicle Theft and Recovery - Vehicle stolen with use of keys- fraudulent claim
  • State Court - Civil Court - Personal Injury - claim disproved

Experience

Independent Consultant,(CFO), 2013 - Present

  • Provide forensics examination of vehicle mechanical systems for the legal, insurance and private industries.

Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, NJ, Professor - Automotive Technology, 1976 - 2013

  • Technician preparation - various automotive mechanical subjects as assigned.
  • Curriculum development and updating.
  • Update personal training as required.
  • Hands-on training.

Hard Facts Investigative Engineering, Freehold, NJ, Forensic Technologist, 1999 - 2006

Performed over 900 vehicle claim examinations:

  • Theft recovery
  • Origin and cause fires
  • Gas chromatographic analysis for accelerant identification
  • Brake system failure
  • Anti-lock brake system failure
  • Steering system failure
  • Suspension system failure
  • Seat belt examinations
  • Air bag crash data retrieval
  • Sudden unintended acceleration claims
  • Engine and transmission catastrophic failures
  • Tire failures
  • Fractured wheel analysis
  • Analytical reviews
  • Lubricant analysis for claim of theft motive or as part of failure analysis.

Toyota Motor Company, Torrance, CA, Technician Training, 1986 - 2013

  • Automatic transmission and transaxle training
  • Update curriculum as required
  • Update personal training as required

General Motors Corporation, Warren, MI, Technician Training, 1984 - 2013

Technician training courses and diagnostics for the following:

  • Electrical and Electronic Systems
  • Diesel Engine Systems
  • Brakes and Anti-lock Brake Systems
  • Occupant Restraint and Protection System
  • Vehicle Security System
  • Vehicle Computer System
  • Fuel Injection System
  • Audio and Entertainment System
  • Various Accessory Systems
  • Training Center 12A Manager

Midas International, Pallatine, IL, Technician Training, 1983 - 1986

  • Technician training and diagnosis: Brake and Anti-lock Brake Systems.

Honors & Publications

Credentials

  • General Motors Corporation, certified in over 570 vehicle systems design, operation, and Ford Motor Company, certified in over 50 vehicle systems design and operation.
  • Toyota-Lexus Motor Companies, certified in transmissions and electrical systems, design and operation.
  • Midas International, certified in vehicle brake systems and anti-lock brakes, design and operation.

Licenses

  • Instructor of Automotive Technology, Grades 13-17
  • Teaching Certification, K-12
  • Instructor of Gas and Electric Welding
  • Licensed Principal and Supervisor
  • Locksmith License
  • Automotive Service Excellence - Master Technician
  • Automotive Service Excellence - Refrigerant recovery and recycling

Academic and Professional Affiliations

  • National Education Association - New Jersey Education Association
  • Antique Automobile Club of America
  • Society of Automotive Engineers

Awards

  • International Technical Trainer of the Year Award, General Motors
  • Recognized as Technical Engineer, Society of Automotive Engineers

Publications

  • Author, Co Author of numerous publications, educational text and a Guest Speaker

Education

  • M.Ed. Industrial Engineering Education Technology, Trenton State College, Trenton, NJ
  • B.A. Industrial Engineering Education Technology, Trenton State College, Trenton, NJ
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