THE ATA TRANSPORTATION TEAM

Founder and CEO of ATA Associates, Mr. Swint spent twenty-five years with the NASA space program before turning his skills and attentions to accident reconstruction. His activities with NASA included extensive work on both the Apollo and the Shuttle programs, including the position of lead project engineer for the shuttle avionics integration laboratory. He also received the Apollo 13 Presidential Medal of Freedom Award.

Since founding ATA in 1974, Bob has worked on over 5900 cases and is recognized as a leading reconstructionist in the trucking industry and has lectured nationally on trucking safety and accident prevention. He and his engineering firm have provided litigation support for many of the Top 100 trucking fleets in America. Swint also serves on several top committees of national trucking organizations.


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 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 is a Certified Safety Professional through the Texas Trucking Association (TXTA). She is a former Safety Director, who managed more than 250 Commercial Drivers. She trained more than 100 Commercial Vehicle Enforcement officers on issues related to the transportation of Hazardous Materials. Followed by a second training program, which trained officers on
disc brakes, electronic logging devices, and the integration of other safety technologies into the drivers work environment. 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’s degree in mechanical engineering 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. Mr. Fritsch’s areas of expertise include the measurement and evaluation of motor vehicle and boat dynamics using accelerometers and other electronic instrumentation, including global positioning system (GPS) technology. In addition to his credentials and experience in mechanical engineering, Ed has also passed the professional engineer’s exam in naval architecture and marine engineering, and he has been trained and certified by the American Welding Society
as a welding inspector.


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 many truck training and safety videos as well as doing voiceovers. He has written and produced the “Sixty Seconds for Safety” truck safety series. All of these videos are available on ATA’s website.


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. Allen is the former Safety Director at JB Hunt with concentrations in driver training and driver management. In addition to having promoted a variety of safety and fleet management initiatives during the course of his 29 year career with JB Hunt, Dan has also been heavily involved with FMCSR regulations concerning driver hours
of service, maintenance, hazmat and drug testing.

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.

Barry G. Dickey is the certified forensic expert for Audio Evidence Lab, a laboratory specializing in the analysis of audio/video evidence. With over 20 years of experience, Mr. Dickey has provided testimony in federal and state courts on issues involving audio, video, and voice identification. His responsibilities include audio/video authentication, digital enhancement/restoration, voice identification/elimination, speech/phonetic analysis, and transcription of evidentiary recordings. In association with The American College of Forensic Examiners, Mr. Dickey has served on the Executive Committees for both the Forensic Audio and Forensic Video Divisions of the American Board of Recorded Evidence.


Mr. Garsee is currently a member on the Board of Directors for The Texas Trucking Association and Truckload Carriers Association’s school and education committee. He has over 20 years experience as a professional in driver training and safety and is the Program Director for Transportation Training for Houston Community College, one of largest publicly funded commercial driver training schools in the nation with over 1,000 graduates per year. Executive Director of NAPFTDS and has held positions with the Association since 2000. In 2015 he served on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Entry Level Driver Advisory Committee to help write a proposal for mandatory entry level standards.

Martin holds a BAAS and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, TX


Mr. Hartman, Vice President/Safety Compliance for Commercial Fleet Data Systems, has been in the commercial motor vehicle transportation industry for 30 years, spending his career serving in the capacity of law enforcement, risk management, personnel, loss control, compliance, safety, security, HSE, radiation safety, and claims and litigation matters.

Dwight Jennings has 34 years of experience in motor fleet transportation. He has 26 years of experience in motor fleet safety of which, 21 years have been at the management level. Mr. Jennings has extensive knowledge and is qualified to testify regarding Texas DOT trucking safety regulation, driver training and education. He is a Certified Director of Safety and a Certified Fleet Safety Director. He is a past chairman of the Texas Trucking Association, Executive committee of the TMTA, Safety Management Council and the Houston Council of Safety Professionals.


Bill Kitzes is a Board Certified Product Safety Manager and Hazard Control Manager. He has lectured at the National Safety Council Congress on Recalls, Warnings and Injury Prevention. Mr. Kitzes has testified in 130 trials in Federal and State Courts in over 30 states. Many of these cases involve risk assessment, recalls and notification to the government concerning defects that relate to motor vehicle safety for motor vehicles under the NHTSA rules and for off road vehicles subject to the CPSC. Trials have addressed ATV’s, 4-wheeled side by side recreational vehicles, off road motorcycles, motorcycle “wobble”, and failure to report unintended acceleration in a motorcycle throttle body. Vehicle cases include rollover, ball joint and brake failures and cargo securement.


Dr. Lasseigne serves as the Chief Technical Officer of G2MT Laboratories. She 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. O’Neal is the founder of the Houston Community College Trucking School, one of largest publicly funded commercial driver training schools in the nation with over 1,000 graduates per year. He has created and authored curriculum for all areas of trucking education.


Mr. Painter has over 20 years experience working with and training Special Investigation Units. Hundreds of hours of sworn testimony. Has trained investigators on property claims investigations. He has also been involved with recalled and potential recalled vehicles, with sudden accelleration, vehicle fires. Formed the non profit Forensic Institute on Auto Theft Analysis. This organization sets the standards in forensics as it relates to reported stolen vehicles and to provides training to examiners, fire service and law enforcement. Rob also has extensive experience providing repair of theft recovered and vandalized vehicles.


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.