THE ATA PRODUCTS LIABILITY TEAM

Mr. Swint is the founder and CEO of ATA Associates. He spent 25 years with NASA Space Program. While at NASA his activities included manager of the NASA Measurements Laboratory and the Lead Project Engineer on Lunar Module Instrumentation and Testing. Mr. Swint continued his involvement in instrumentation and testing of products when he started ATA in 1974. ATA has the capabilities to test and evaluate products at its technology center dealing with small product evaluation through large system levels. ATA has agreements with NASA to utilize their engineering and test facilities.

Mr. Barthelme has over 15 years experience as an accident reconstructionist, having investigated and reconstructed over 1000 cases. He is certified in commercial motor vehicle collision investigation and scientific collision investigation. He is a member of the International Association of Marine Investigators, as well as a member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, where he is a Marine Staff Safety Officer.

He has extensive expertise in the use and application of the FARO 3D scanner, and is a vehicle data download specialist.

Mr.Fritsch is a licensed, professional engineer with a Master of Mechanical Engineering degree from Rice University. He has worked at ATA Associates for over 17 years after gaining broad engineering experience in prior jobs with two NASA contractors and an oilfield equipment manufacturer. In addition to his experience working on the evaluation of motor vehicle and boat dynamics, Ed has done extensive work on the testing and analysis of manufacturing machinery and industrial facility systems components, as well as investigating cases involving household and recreational products.


Mr. Vaughan has received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Wright State University with a focus in design engineering. Allen has developed proficiency analyzing accidents using engineering tools such as a FARO 3-D scanner, Reality accident reconstruction software, V-Box data collector and surveying equipment.


Ms. Yergin has been an accident investigator since 1994, when she went to study under forensic physicist Thomas L. Bohan, a past president of the Academy of Forensic Sciences. April has two degrees, one of which was a bachelor of science in aeronautical engineering from Arizona State University.

Ms. Yergin has extensive experience in vehicle systems download, dynamics analysis and computer-aided simulation tools, and is ACTAR certified.


Dr. Neal Adams has worked in the drilling and completion industry for 42 years and in 33 countries. Throughout his career, his main interests have been in drilling problems and prevention, well control, casing/coupling failures occurring during fracturing operations and oilfield safety. He earned a PhD in Petroleum Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and a Master’s of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Houston. Dr. Adams has authored five books, co-authored chapters in two SPE publications and published 80 technical publications. He was the recipient of the 2015 SPE International Drilling Engineering Award.


Mr. Alexander has experience in a variety of disciplines which include military and civilian aircraft flight control systems, electrical and mechanical systems, industrial equipment control systems, OSHA electrical code compliance and general safety issues. Bob spent 20 years at NASA working in various positions on the Space Shuttle and International Space Station programs, as well as having worked at Lockheed Martin specializing in safety product assurance. Additionally, he is trained in accident investigation with a focus on failure and cause identification.


Dr. Andre is a professor at James Madison University. His expertise centers on visual perception and human factors. He has been conducting vision research in university settings since 1988 and has over 20 publications and 55 conference presentations and invited addresses. Dr. Andre’s expert witness consulting activities provide him an opportunity to apply his research and interests in visual science and human factors to the legal community.

In his 20 year career, he has provided expert opinions on issues such as, but not limited to, conspicuity,
lighting conditions, perception-reaction time, and alcohol’s effects on vision, expectation and attention. He has represented almost evenly plaintiffs and defense clients and includes both civil and criminal cases involving driving, traffic, pedestrian, cyclist, residential, trip & fall, and boating/maritime matters.

Mr. Cummings is a forensic 3d animator with over 25 years of developing highly accurate forensic animations. He works closely with experts to create photo-realistic 3d animations and renderings to support expert testimony.

Mr. Daniel is the Practice Leader of Digital Forensics at Envista Forensics. He is a certified computer forensics, cell phone forensics, and cellular analysis expert. He has provided expert testimony in state and federal courts, and is the co-author of two books, “Digital Forensics for Legal Professionals” and “Digital Forensics Trial Graphics”. Mr. Daniel teaches dozens of CE and CLE classes for insurance and legal professionals across the United States every year.

Dr. Emerson is an experienced executive from the chemical and metallurgical industries. For nearly 20 years,
he has been devoted to the prevention of catastrophic accidents in those arenas.

He is experienced in deposition and trial testimony in state district and federal courts. He is a registered Professional Engineer (Chemical) in two states, and earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in Metallurgical/ Chemical Engineering.


KnightHawk Engineering, Inc. (KHE) is a specialty engineering company with over 17 years in business. KHE covers all disciplines, including troubleshooting and failure analysis of industrial equipment, mechanical, chemical, electrical, process, materials, static and rotating equipment, code compliance, structural and thermodynamics. KHE provides expert witness evaluations and testimony in complex cases involving engineering failures such as Deepwater Horizon. KHE’s clients include ExxonMobil, Shell and NASA.

Knighthawk also specializes in Design and Failure Analysis, Compliance and Controls, Static and Rotating Equipment, Thermodynamics and Fine Element Analysis.

Dr. Lasseigne has extensive experience in the fields of metallurgy, hydrogen, corrosion, and materials science and is a world renowned expert in hydrogen embrittlement and corrosion.

Angelique places great emphasis on taking an ethical approach to her work and has published over 90 papers and co-authored three books in the fields of welding metallurgy, corrosion, and non-destructive testing for materials characterization. She received bachelors degrees in physics and metallurgical engineering and her M.S. and Ph.D. in metallurgical engineering from the Colorado School of Mines.

Mr.Peters has experience in product liability civil and criminal cases as a firearms expert witness in the states of Florida, Alabama, and Texas . He has a broad range of experience in malfunction analysis and problem resolution of complex systems at NASA for 51 years in Houston, TX and Huntsville, AL. While under contract as Chief Engineer and Program Manager of the Engineering Solutions and Prototyping for NASA, he designed, built, analyzed and verified hardware to meet specifications for both NASA and the U.S. Army. He also owned and operated a retail gun store, served as reserve Captain of a police agency in Texas, and currently participates in shooting sports.

Dr. Marc A. Rabinoff is a noted sport and fitness risk management expert . His extensive database of sport facility risk management standards of care covers more than 40 years of litigation history. In addition, the database includes equipment design, warnings, and usage information.

In recent years, Dr. Rabinoff has become one of the nation's foremost experts on trampolines and trampoline safety. Dr. Rabinoff featured on Fox News Report on Trampoline Safety

Steve Robichaux has been involved in the heavy equipment for more than 40 years. His extensive experience involves cranes, forklifts and aerial equipment. He has had the opportunity and privilege to have been employed by trend setting equipment companies with which safety and attention to detail was the standard. He has had experience in working as a technician, remanufacture leader, product support representative, repair estimator, equipment appraiser, inspector, manufacturer assisted projects, operator, rigger, trainer, accident investigator, and expert witness.


Michael T. Scanlon, P.E. is a 1985 graduate of Texas A&M University and State of Texas licensed Mechanical and Structural Professional Engineer. Mr. Scanlon has over 25 years of design and forensic evaluation experience. His professional affiliations include being an active member of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers, serving as a Committee Member on the Post Tensioning Institute Slab on Grade Committee, is President of the Houston Chapter of the National Foundations Repair Association and is also serving on the Board of the Foundation Repair Association.


Mr. Shields is Knowledgeable in the areas of analysis, design and testing of electrical systems. He is intimately familiar with industry standards and practices for installing and assuring the safe use of equipment installed in MEP (mechanical, electrical & plumbing) systems and has over thirty years experience in performing root-cause analysis of electrical accidents. Mr. Shields has extensive work experience as an electrical engineer and project manager, including stints as a commissioning agent on DFW airport projects, which included control systems for a de-icing systems, and as an electrical engineer responsible for the low voltage distribution system design for two DART light rail station platforms. Mr. Shields earned a BS in electrical engineering from Prairie View A & M and a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard.


Mr. Shirey is an Analytical Chemist and the owner of Shirey Analytical Services. SAS is a material analysis consulting agency focusing on the compositional analysis of coatings/paint, elastomers, plastics and oils.
Lynn's capabilities in the use of microscopes include 40X and 200X visual microscopy as well as micro-FTIR analysis.

Lynn conducts root cause failure analysis of coatings, plastics and elastomers on a routine basis.


21st Century Forensic Animation is the oldest forensic animation firm in the nation and is one of the pioneers in the forensic animation field. They work in conjunction with experts across the globe to create sophisticated 3D computer visualization of their expert opinion. They have generated countless animations for cases involving motor vehicles, pedestrians, bicycles, trucking, motor coaches and trains. They also have extensive experience in cases involving maritime, aviation, construction, OSHA, FELA, product liability, maintenance, electricity, explosions, fires, environmental, oil & gas, roadway design, patents, floods, hurricanes, capital murder, death penalty, mass shootings, and even war crimes, plus many others. 21st Century utilizes the latest technologies such as UAV (drone), laser scanning and close-range photogrammetry to insure the accuracy and verifiability
of their animations.


Mr. Wink is a factory and dealer trained Master Diesel Technician with 17 years of experience working in the arena of heavy duty trucks and engines. Evan's capabilities include general diagnosis and repair, with focuses on electrical systems, engine repair and replacement, vehicle suspension and alignment, transmission repair and replacement, hydraulic equipment and brake systems. He is also well versed on the subject of preventative maintenance.

Evan is trained and certified in the latest technology and diagnostic software and is team leader with a strong work ethic who enjoys using his vast industry experience to educate junior mechanics.


Mariusz Ziejewski, PhD, is a Professor in the College of Engineering at North Dakota State University where he is the director of the Impact Biomechanics Laboratory and the director of the Automotive Systems Laboratory. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Neuroscience at the University Of North Dakota School Of Medicine.

Dr. Ziejewski has performed human body dynamics research for the Armstrong Aerospace Medical Research Laboratory, Human System Division which is part of the United States Air Force. He has been a member of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Collaboration Group on Human Brain Modeling. He has been involved in Emergency Room (ER) Biomechanical Brain Injury Evaluation, at Meritcare’s Trauma Center, Fargo, ND. Dr. Ziejewski was also named the founding chair of the Blast Injury Institute of NABIS.