Electrical Engineering, Accident Reconstruction, Automotive Design and Safety Expert Consultant Resume
Resume of WFE

  • Automotive
  • Accident Reconstruction
  • Human Factors
  • Design
  • Safety


B.S. Electrical Engineering (with Honors) Michigan Technological University

M.B.A. Business Administration University of Michigan – Ann Arbor

This expert has extensive experience in a variety of capacities in the automotive industry, with accident reconstruction, with design and safety, and human factors. While in the automotive industry, the expert was a manager for many major design projects relating to vehicle product development, focusing on product stability in accidents. Other Product Design projects focused on engineering electronic controls for systems within vehicles. In addition to safety testing, design, and engineering, this consultant has supervised teams conducting field investigations involving vehicle accidents. Not just an engineer or designer, this associate served as a business planner for bringing new technology to the market.

In other capacities, this expert has given corporate and expert deposition and trial testimony as well as having assisted prosecutors with Event Data Recorder information admissibility and aided counsel in effectively utilizing EDRs to strengthen their cases. This consultant has also trained police officers and accident reconstructionists in reading and interpreting Event Data Recorders. This extensive knowledge of EDRs has allowed the associate to speak with authority at national and regional conferences and to conduct research leading to publications in peer reviewed professional journals.

Consultant, Kevin Kennedy Associates, Indianapolis, IN
Contributor to projects with the automotive industry, accident reconstruction, human factors, design, and safety.
Owner, a major Consulting firm, Dearborn, MI
Instruct police officers and accident reconstructionists in reading and interpreting Event Data Recorders (EDR).
  • Assist prosecutors in EDR data admissibility hearings.
  • Conduct EDR accuracy research and publish findings in peer reviewed professional journals to pave the way for improved data admissibility.
  • Read and interpret EDRs, assist engineers and lawyers in understanding how to make the best use of EDR data in their cases.
  • Speak at national and regional accident reconstruction conferences on new developments in EDRs.
  • Perform beta testing for the Bosch Crash Data Retrieval system.
  • Assist automobile manufacturers in improving new releases to Bosch CDR.
  • Consult on accident reconstruction and analysis including human factors, restraint systems’ performance in crashes, and occupant kinematics.
Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, MI
Manager of Design Analysis Vehicle Dynamics and Interior
  • Managed 15 engineering supervisor level employees performing field investigations and technical support for Ford’s Office of the General Counsel and Product Development relating to handling and stability in rollover accidents, roof structure, glass, doors, restraints, and seating.
  • Personally conducted field investigations of accidents related to Event Data Recorder readouts and performance of restraints systems, and worked with NHTSA, NTSB, police, and NICB.
  • Gave 30B6 corporate and expert depositions, and trial testimony as needed.
  • Member of Ford Event Data Recorder Policy Committee;
  • Contributed to Ford and Auto Alliance responses to EDR NPRM and Part 563 EDR final rule requirements.
  • Led release of Ford EDR to Vetronix Corp (now Bosch) that makes Crash Data Retrieval (CDR).
  • Ford member of SAE "Vehicle Event Data Interface" Committee authoring standard J1698 on event data recorder output format.
  • Speaker on Event Data Recorders at 2004 SAE/NTSB technical meeting on EDRs.
Manager of Design Analysis Interior
  • Managed 8 engineering supervisor level employees, similar to the above but subject areas limited to restraints and seating.
Project Manager for Mark VIII and Thunderbird vehicle programs
Business Planner in Project Alpha
  • Bringing new technology to market faster.
Product Planner in small car and powertrain planning responsible for Escort
Product Engineer
  • Contributed to a wide variety of Transmission and Chassis and Vehicle Engineering projects, including responsibility for developing the steering column airbag system, electronic controls for transmissions, rear axles, transaxles, power steering, and driveline NVH.

  • Current Instructor for the University of North Florida, Institute of Police Technology and Management (IPTM) in EDR – taught classes for Missouri State Police, Indiana State Police, North Carolina Highway Patrol, Florida Highway Patrol, South Dakota Highway Patrol, and in Chicago, Jacksonville, Lexington, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, and Detroit areas.
  • Former Instructor for Collision Safety Institute “CDR Operator Certification” class and “Train the Trainer” class.

  • Completed Northwestern University "Traffic Accident Reconstruction for Engineers".
  • Completed “Human Factors for Traffic Accident Reconstruction and the use of DRIVE” by theAccident Dynamics Research Center
  • Completed NHTSA Child Passenger Safety Technical Training – certified CPS tech T021632.

Registered Professional Engineer, State of Michigan #6201025362

  • Member, Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). Member of the SAE Event Data Recorder J1698 EDR standards committee, presenter at the 2004 and 2007 Highway Vehicle Event Data Recorder Symposiums. Member of AIRP committee (Accident Investigation and Reconstruction Practices). Peer reviewer for SAE EDR accident reconstruction papers for 2009,10 & 11 World Congress.
  • Member of the International Standards Organization (ISO) 22/12/Working Group 7 as a technical expert on EDR’s representing the United States of America in developing a new international standard for comparing crash pulses from different EDR’s.
  • Member of the crash crew for the IPTM Special Problems 2009 & 2010 Conferences handing EDR and VBOX instrumentation. Presented EDR readouts from crashes versus reference instrumentation to conference attendees.
  • Presenter at the Midwest Association of Traffic Accident Investigators, June 2009 on EDR.
  • Member of the crash crew for the Collision Safety Institute/Accident Reconstruction Network (ARC-CSI) 2007 Crash Conference.
  • Presenter at the Southwest Association of Traffic Accident Investigators (SATAI) conference 2007 on EDR’s
  • Former Member ASTM, serving on Forensic Science Committee 30.05, work group 4150, developing Standard for EDR readout procedure.
  • Member of NAPARS – National Association of Professional Accident Reconstructionists Presenter at the Illinois Association of Technical Accident Investigators conference 2009 & 2010
  • Presenter at the Pennsylvania State Police Accident Reconstruction Seminar Sept. 2009 & 2010
  • Member of the Midwest Association of Technical Accident Investigators
  • Member of the Dearborn Rotary Club since October 2009.

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