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.

Ms. Ferguson holds a Business Degree in Sports Management and an MBA. She serves on the TXTA Houston Chapter Steering Committee as well as the Houston Council of Safety Professionals. She currently works as ATA’s project manager.


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.


Ken Krueger, videographer, photographer and video editor/producer, has been with ATA for over 27 years.
His specialty is night videography and photography as well as close up and macro photography. Ken has edited and produced several safety videos as well as doing voiceovers.


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.


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.

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.

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.


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.