Bob earned Bachelor of Arts Degrees in both Physics and Mathematics from Franklin & Marshall College before attending the University of Virginia, where he obtained a Master of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2007. He completed a graduate level certification course in Human Factors Engineering and Ergonomics (HFEE) through Penn State University in 2018. Bob is a licensed Professional Engineer and an accredited traffic accident reconstructionist by the Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstructionists (ACTAR). He is certified as a Crash Data Retrieval (CDR) Technician and Analyst, certified by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) to access and interpret heavy vehicle event data recorders (HVEDR), and is also certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as a licensed Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) remote pilot.
Bob has over 12 years of experience as a consultant in the field of collision reconstruction, applying the laws of physics to investigate, analyze and reconstruct vehicular collisions, including those involving pedestrians, bicycles, motorcycles, passenger vehicles, and commercial vehicles. He has conducted field investigations and analyzed more than 1,000 motor vehicle collisions, including pedestrian impacts, for their crash characteristics and dynamics. Bob specializes in nighttime photography techniques, creating representative photographs of recreated scenes. He has developed his own peer-reviewed method to determine the severity of a collision through the use of an energy-based crush analysis.
Bob has worked on the research and development of vehicle occupant crash protection devices and has tested and validated energy-attenuating seating systems to military ground vehicles. He has specified and conducted full-scale vehicle crash tests and has aided local police agencies in homicide investigations. Bob is a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), the Illumination Engineering Society (IES), the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES), the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers (PSPE), the National Association of Subrogation Professionals (NASP), the National Association of Professional Accident Reconstruction Specialists (NAPARS), and the National Association of Traffic Accident Reconstructionists and Investigators (NATARA). He has lectured to several of these organizations, as well as to attorneys, insurance professionals, and government organizations on topics related to collision reconstruction.
Bob played basketball at Franklin & Marshall College along with his twin brother Dan. Now, Bob and his wife Melissa live in lower Bucks County with their four sons: Jack(6), Sean(5), Connor(3) and Joseph(1)
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