Dr. Derek B. Zahl, Ph.D., P.E.
Dr. Derek B. Zahl, Ph.D., P.E.
Engineering Design & Testing Corp.
5218 Marit Drive
Santa Rosa CA, 95409
Mechanical Engineer, Material Scientist
BIO / Resume / CV:
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: 2000 to present Engineering Design & Testing Corp., Walnut Creek, California Consulting Engineer Accident reconstruction involving automobiles, tractor-trailers, and motorcycles. Examination and failure analysis of mechanical components and machinery. Fire investigation and cause and origin analysis. Investigation of pedestrian injuries on walkways and stairways. 1994 to 2000 DBZahl, Ph.D., Santa Rosa, California Accident Reconstruction and Failure Analysis Investigation into the sequence of events and causes of vehicle accidents, slip and fall accidents, and product/component failures. 1988 to 1992 JKS Associates, Santa Rosa, California Assistant Accident site surveys, literature searches, velocity change calculations, stress-strain calculations as related to product/component failure, photography, and construction of exemplar models. 1988 to 1992 R. S. Hickman, Santa Barbara, California Assistant Accident site surveys, literature searches, velocity change calculations, stress-strain calculations as related to product/component failure, photography, and construction of exemplar models. 1995 to 2000 Optical Engineering, Inc., Santa Rosa, California Research & Development Engineer Research and development of high power CO2 lasers and laser systems. Mechanical, thermal, magnetic, and optical design and analysis of components operating under vacuum and in the presence of ionized gases. Management of manpower and other resources in cooperation with other engineering and production requirements. 1994 Sonoma State University, Cotati, California Instructor Organized and taught algebra and physics courses in the pre-college program. 1992 to 1994 Max-Planck-Institute, Stuttgart, Germany Guest Scientist Numerical analyses on the mechanical behavior of advanced composite materials. Publication and presentation of technical papers. PROFESSIONAL REGISTRATIONS: Registered Professional Engineer: California (#M30339) Registered Professional Engineer: Arizona (#36357) Registered Professional Engineer: Oregon (#66937PE) Registered Professional Engineer: Washington (#37740) National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (Record #19714) PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS: -National Society of Professional Engineers -American Society of Mechanical Engineers -Society of Automotive Engineers -National Association of Fire Investigators -National Association of Professional Accident Reconstruction Specialists EDUCATION: 1988 B.S., Mechanical Engineering (with honors) University of California, Santa Barbara 1990 M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Santa Barbara 1993 Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Santa Barbara Major fields of study: Solid Mechanics, Dynamics, Material Science 1992 Seminar Series: Forensic Engineering National academy of Forensic Engineers 1998 Seminar Series: Traffic Accident Reconstruction and Litigation Lawyers and Judges Publishing Company 2000 Air Brake Training School Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems 2000 The Investigation of Motor Vehicle Fires LSC & Associates 2000 Traffic Accident Reconstruction Northwestern University, Center for Public Safety
Engineer Accident Reconstruction Fracture Failure Product Liability Material Metallurgical Accident Reconstruction Auto