Personnel

Personnel

Our staff includes a mixture of engineering specialties, education and experience. This allows us to provide comprehensive analysis, using the best that experience, the latest tools, and up to date technique can provide.

komm313  Dave Komm, P.E.

Electromechanical Failure Analysis, Fires, Explosions, and Carbon Monoxide Exposure, Product Liability/Design Defect – Dave is the President of AKE Inc.   He has a Masters in Mechanical Engineering and 30 years’ experience, the last 13 in forensics.  Dave is registered in multiple states and Alberta, Canada.

augspurger413 Quent Augspurger P.E.

Material Handling Equipment, Agricultural Equipment, High Pressure Liquid and Gas Systems, Machinery and Tooling, Manufacturing Processes – Founder of the firm, Quent is a fellow with the American Council of Engineering Companies.  He has been in practice for over 40 years.

baker413 Claude Baker, P.E.

Civil/Structural Engineering – Construction Design, Construction Analysis, Structural Engineering Design, Investigation, Construction Methods, Load Tests, Concreting Techniques, Steel Erection Methods/Safety, OSHA Compliance, Hydraulic Equipment, Hydraulic Components, Pile Testing, Steel Mill Plant Design and Crane Design

gest413 William “Bill” Gest, P.E.

Automotive Design, Chassis, Brakes, and Body Structure Analysis, Airbag and Restraint System Design and Development, Power Train Development, Safety and Human Factors, including Mobility Issues, Heavy VehiclesBill has over 40 years’ experience in industry, including 20 years with General Motors and is a former Director of Engineering at TRW.

bakalis413 Paul G. Bakalis, RA, NCARB, CSBA

Trip/Fall and Slip/Fall, Building and Site Architecture, Engineering and Construction, Human Factors, Safety and Risk Mitigation – Paul is a registered Architect, qualified in multiple states, with over 35 years’ experience. 

cannon313a Mark Cannon, P.E.

Workplace Accidents, Safety Engineering, Fall Protection, Industrial Equipment, Construction, Equipment, Machine Guarding, Machine Failures, Consumer Products – Mark has 34 years’ experience in industry and engineering, the last 17 in forensics.  He is registered in multiple states.

cowley413 Dan Cowley, P.E.

Industrial and Workplace Accidents, Agricultural and Heavy Equipment, Engines and Power Equipment, Fire Causation, Control System and Embedded Software Analysis – Dan has 35 years of industrial experience with John Deere including areas of research, product development, design, test and failure analysis.

donahue313 R. Patrick Donahue, P.E.

Airbag Systems, Electrical Failure Analysis, Vehicle Fire Investigation, Vehicle Diagnostics and Control Systems, CDR System Analyst, Vehicle Braking Systems – Patrick has 15 years experience in design, manufacturing and testing at General Motors.

rick Richard N. Hinrichs, Ph.D.

Accident Reconstruction, Upper Extremity Function and Trauma, Body Segment Interactions, Human Factors/Ergonomics, Human Movement, Biomechanics of LocomotionDr. Hinrichs is a professor at Arizona State University

springer413 Todd Springer, P.E.

Appliance Fires, Water Intrusion, Hail and Storm Damage, Plastic Failures, Water Filtration & Supply Line Failures, Trip/Fall and Slip/Fall – Todd is responsible for our national clients in home appliance issues.

knapp413 Kerry Knapp, PH.D

Biomechanics, Accident Reconstruction, Human Factors, Human Structure, Injury Causation and Mechanism.

ScottJBaer_photo Scott Baer, P.E., CFEI

Electrical forensic analysis, product safety certifications, investigation of product failures, electrical fires, and root cause analysis.

lively413 Norman “Bo” Lively, P.E.

Structural Analysis, Post Fire Structure Evaluation, Foundation Damage – Bo has over 40 years’ experience in structural design and construction.  He is licensed in multiple states

mathias413 Judson Matthias, Ph.D.

Roadway Design, Transportation Planning, Traffic Engineering, Highway Signing/Marking, Traffic Control, Human Factors, Vehicular Accident Reconstruction and AnalysisDr. Matthias has 45 years’ experience in engineering and is a former professor at Arizona State University.

mcspadden413 Hugh McSpadden

Propellants, Adhesives, Insulation, Polymers, Development of Test Fixtures and MethodologyHugh has 45 years’ experience in chemistry and chemical processes in industry and aerospace.

otterbein413 Roy Otterbein, P.E.

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rognlin413 Mark Rognlin

Chief Forensic Technician – Artifact Examinations and Dis-assembly, Exemplar Procurement, Model Construction, Testing

craghead413 Mike Craghead

Engineering Technician, Research, History of Design, Similar Manufacturers and Products, Recalls and Investigations, Electro- Mechanical Systems, Instrumentation, Testing

desmond413 Barbara Desmond

hennig413 Pam Hennig