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 Expert  721744

Expert in Automotive Vehicle Dynamics (Handling), and Tire Mechanics (Tire Force and Moment Properties)

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

New York (NY)
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Summary of Expertise:

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Expert has over 35 years of experience working in vehicle dynamics. He has worked on a wide variety of projects and with a broad selection of different vehicles. These range from determining tire properties for radio control cars to improving the ride of people-mover trains, but the core focus has been on production and race car vehicle dynamics and handling. Active control systems have featured in many of the projects.

Tires are the primary force generators for ground vehicles, and the study of tire behavior and performance is usually closely coupled with vehicle dynamics problems. Working primarily at the Calspan TIRF test facility, Expert has been involved in measuring tire force and moment properties over the same 30 year period.

He now manages his own research corporation, including vehicle and tire modeling (software development), but is always interested in working on unique and difficult problems.


tire dynamics


vehicle dynamics

Show Secondary and Basic Areas of Expertise
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Buffalo, New York;  Rochester, New York;  Niagara Falls, New York;  and Erie, Pennsylvania.

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1977   BS   Mechanical Engineering and Architecture   M.I.T.  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Title   Responsibilities

1977 to




President, Owner


A mix of engineering project work and project/company management.

1977 to






Project work for MRA and also direct for customers in computer and automotive industries.

Career Accomplishments:

Member of the Society of Automotive Engineers, Member (and former VP) International Human Powered Vehicle Association.

Professional Appointments

He was appointed VP of the International Human Powered Vehicle Association (IHPVA, Watercraft), and Director of the DuPont Watercraft Prize Committee (administered a technology contest).

Publications and Patents Summary

He is the author (or co-author) of 6 technical papers, one patent, co-author of two major textbooks on race/road cars and an associated book of student problems.

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - Society of Automotive Engineers  
 - Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)  
 - SAE Motorsports Engineering Conference Proceedings  

Government Experience:
Years   Agency   Role   Description
1995 to 1999   NHTSA/JPL   Consultant   Performed the design analysis for the Variable Dynamic Testbed Vehicle (VDTV), a special car for determining driver characteristics.
2000 to 2002   NHTSA/DOT   Consultant   Technical backup for NHTSA in the Ford-Firestone Tread Separation investigation.

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • Expert has acted as liaison for tire force and moment tests at the TIRF tire test facility for numerous customers, passenger car, race car and truck tires.
  • He carried out test driving and riding (motorcycles & bicycles) for numerous customers including Goodyear, GM, Chrysler, Honda, Road & Track magazine, Alex Moulton Bicycles (UK).
  • Expert provided a lecture on vehicle dynamics to a corporate advanced driver training (test driver) school, then participated in evaluation of the student drivers.
  • He delivered introductory lectures in vehicle dynamics and tire mechanics to numerous corporations including GM, Ford, Chrysler, Rockwell, MTS, Gleason Gear, TRW, and Eaton.
  • Expert was the outside project engineer on a special active suspension prototype for a major car company.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your expert consulting needs.  Expert is available for consulting to corporate, legal and government clients.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Expert Witness:
Expert Witness Experience Summary:
No direct expert witness experience. However, Expert has worked behind the scenes, developing data for use in court, "in anticipation of litigation."
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Vehicle dynamics expert for consulting on Need in Vehicle Dynamics.
  • Expert for consulting on Automotive Engineer.
  • Expert witness in tire wear for consulting on litigation involving car accident blamed on worn tires which skidded on wet roadway.
  • Expert for consulting on Hutchins 900 suspension system for semi trailer tip over litigation.
  • Tire expert witness for consulting on tires.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding expert testimony, litigation consulting and support, forensic services, or any related expert witness services.  A few litigation needs include product liability, personal injury, economic loss, intellectual property (patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright), and insurance matters.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

International Experience:
Years   Country / Region   Summary
1990 to 1994   England   Cooperation with Moulton Developments in sales of vehicle suspension systems.
1995 to   England   Cooperation with Anthony Best Dynamics in sales of vehicle suspension test systems. Also, cooperation on various vehicle analysis projects.
1987 to 1989   South Korea   Lectures in vehicle dynamics, design and delivery of turnkey system for in-vehicle measurements of vehicle dynamics.
1997 to   Canada   Test and evaluation of prototype low floor (kneeling) city bus, critique of handling characteristics.

Market Research:
Expert Research licenses several different software products for analysis of vehicle handling and race car performance.

Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your marketing research, industry research, and company research needs.  For research needs involving multiple experts or secondary research, a Research Director can be assigned to coordinate the work into a custom report for you as a potentially quicker and more cost effective alternative to doing this work yourself or hiring a boutique consultancy.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Additional Skills and Services:

Expert can provide custom lectures on all aspects of vehicle dynamics, tire mechanics and vehicle handling. These are designed in cooperation with the customer and have ranged from one to five days, with exercises/problems if desired.

Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

In the small company environment, Expert has done purchasing for a wide variety of instrumentation and prototype projects.

Other Skills and Services

Subjective vehicle evaluation, leading to recommendations for vehicle development.


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