Curriculum Vitae for Christopher Gayner
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EXPERT RECONSTRUCTION COMPANY LLC
Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, San Francisco Bay Area, CA
CEO / Senior Engineer
1999 to Present
Complete Traffic Accident Reconstruction Service for attorneys, insurance companies, prosecutors, public defenders and government agencies. Collision Specialist with traffic accidents involving: automobiles, trucks, tractor-trailers, buses, trains, motorcycles, bicycles, and pedestrians. Thirty-five years of total experience as a respected forensic expert covering an extensive range of issues and assignments, including: accident reconstruction, accident causation, accident prevention, accident avoidance, human factors, vehicle dynamics, biomechanics, occupant dynamics, safety analyses, seat belts, airbags, occupant protection systems, crashworthiness, product liability, crash data retrieval (CDR) from event data recorders (EDR) , vehicle defect investigation, forensic analysis, accident scene/roadway assessments (including geometry, lighting & visibility), vehicle damage/crush assessments, Delta-V , time-position-speed histories, photogrammetric studies, transportation engineering & highway design issues, computer reconstructions, computer simulations & animations (Engineering Dynamics HVE, ARAS 360, FARO Crash Zone programs), photographic documentation, lamp examinations, mapping & diagrams, preliminary case reviews, technical reports, exhibit preparation, expert testimony.
Civil & Criminal Cases. Plaintiff or Defense.
AUTOMOTIVE SAFETY RESEARCH, INCORPORATED
Santa Barbara, CA
Vice President / Collision Reconstruction Specialist
1987 to 1999
Traffic Accident Reconstruction and Collision Safety Expert with more than 600 detailed technical case analyses performed over a twelve-year period. Accident reconstruction & causation analysis, human factors, occupant dynamics & biomechanics, occupant protection system evaluations (including: seat belts, airbags, and vehicle interior design), time-position-speed & delta-v calculations, airbag tank testing, computer-aided reconstructions & simulations, product defects, accident scene and vehicle damage assessments, transportation issues. Extensive deposition & trial experience throughout California and the United States.
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, Santa Barbara, California
Degree: Master of Science, Mechanical Engineering, 1988
Specific Areas of Study: Engineering Mechanics, Dynamics and Robotics
Master’s Thesis Project: Occupant Kinematics and Dynamics in Automobile Collisions
MONTANA STATE UNIVERSITY, Bozeman, Montana
Degree: Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering, 1986
Graduated with Highest Honors and Recipient of the Gold Medal Award for Outstanding Graduating Senior, College of Engineering
FLATHEAD VALLEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE, Kalispell, Montana
Degree: Associate of Science, Engineering, 1984
Math and Chemistry Awards for Excellence
CUESTA COLLEGE, San Luis Obispo, CA
Continuing Education Courses: Psychology, Human Anatomy, 2010-2011
NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY TRAFFIC INSTITUTE
(N.U. Center for Public Safety) Evanston, Illinois
Traffic Accident Reconstruction I, December 1987
Traffic Accident Reconstruction II, July 1988
Crash Data Retrieval Data Analyst, May 2012
ENGINEERING DYNAMICS CORPORATION, Lake Oswego, Oregon
Computer Reconstructions (EDCRASH), January 1989
Computer Simulations (EDSMAC), August 1989
SOCIETY OF AUTOMOTIVE ENGINEERS, Detroit, Michigan
Product Liability and the Engineer, February 1990
Injuries, Anatomy, Biomechanics, and Federal Regulations, March 1990
Automobile Vehicle Dynamics, April 1992
Sensor Design for Automobile Air Bag Systems, January 1996
Air Bag Design and Performance, August 1997
Photogrammetry in Accident Reconstruction, September 1998
Accident Reconstruction: State of the Art, December 1999
SOCIETY OF ACCIDENT RECONSTRUCTIONISTS
Conference, Traffic Engineering Seminar and Staged Crash Tests, College Station, Texas, June 1990
SOUTHWESTERN ASSOCIATION OF TECHNICAL ACCIDENT INVESTIGATORS, INC.
Conference, Human Factors Seminar and Staged Crash Tests, Phoenix, Arizona, July 1990 & San Diego, CA, March 1991
UCSD SCHOOL OF MEDICINE, La Jolla, California
Accidental Injury: Biomechanics and Prevention, November 1991
35TH STAPP CAR CRASH CONFERENCE, San Diego, California
Conference on Collision Dynamics, Occupant Restraint Systems, Biomechanics,
CUYAHOGA VALLEY JOINT VOCATIONAL SCHOOL, Brecksville, Ohio
Automotive Mechanics, March 1976
BH2VK CRASH TESTING PROJECT, San Bernardino, California, August 1992
Full scale vehicle vehicle crash testing.
SANTA BARBARA CITY COLLEGE, Santa Barbara, California
Mind/Supermind Adult Education Lecture Series. Presentations in psychology and human consciousness. 1997-2007.
CONFLICT MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE, Santa Barbara, CA
Mediation Training: Transformative Style, March 2008
FORENSIC EXPERT WITNESS ASSOCIATION, San Francisco, CA
Web 2.0 Basics Seminar, March 2010
ARC-CSI ANNUAL CRASH CONFERENCE, Las Vegas, Nevada
Full scale vehicle crash testing & training conferences, May 2010, May 2011, June 2012
CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF ACCIDENT RECONSTRUCTION SPECIALISTS &
CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF INSURANCE, Anaheim, CA
Collision Fraud Investigation, August, 2010
CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF ACCIDENT RECONSTRUCTION SPECIALISTS, Garden Grove, CA
Railroad Crash Investigation, February 2011
CUESTA COLLEGE, San Luis Obispo - Paso Robles, CA
Introduction to Psychology, August-December, 2010
Human Anatomy, January - May, 2011
ARAS 360 TECHNOLOGIES INC., Kamloops, B.C. Canada
3-D Animation / Simulation Training Seminar, Santa Ana, CA. April 2011
Advanced 3-D Computer Diagramming and Animation, Inglewood, CA, January 2012
Nikon Total Station Training Seminar and Certification, Inglewood, CA, February 2012
ARAS 360 HD: New Functions and Features, Web-based Training, June 2013
COLLISION SAFETY INSTITUTE / CDR-TRAINING.COM / FACTUAL DIAGRAMS.COM / NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY CENTER FOR PUBLIC SAFETY
Crash Data Retrieval Technician Level I & II Training and Certification, Baldwin Park Police Department, Baldwin Park, CA, February 2012
Crash Data Retrieval Data Analyst and Certification, Evanston, IL, May 2012 and Oxnard, CA, January 2019.
VERICOM COMPUTERS, INC.
Vericom Data Acquistion Training for Traffic Crash Investigation
L.A. County Sheriff's Station, Calabasas, CA, August 2013
NATIONAL HIGHWAY INSTITUTE, U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration
Maintenance Training Series: Basics of Work Zone Traffic Control, August 2013
SAFETY CENTER INCORPORATED, Claremont, CA
Temporary Traffic Control & Flagging, November 2013
ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF AUTOMOTIVE MEDICINE (AAAM),
Neuroradiology 101 and Nothingburgers: How Non-Radiologists Can Evaluate for Legitimate vs. Frivolous Claims Based on Imaging . Webinar, September 2021.
RESEARCH PROJECTS, ARTICLES, LECTURES:
"A Computer Graphics Program for Simulating Occupant Kinematics and Dynamics in Automobile Collisions"
Master's Project, Department of Mechanical Engineering, UCSB, 1988.
"Review of Methods for Crush Analysis of Automobile Structures"
Research Paper, Special Topics in Finite Element Analysis, UCSB, 1988.
"Anatomy, Dynamic Behavior, and Injury Mechanisms of the Neck and Cervical Spine (With an Emphasis on Motor Vehicle Accidents)", Seminar Presentation, Physiological Basis in Biomedical Engineering, Graduate Studies, UCSB, 1988.
"Accident Analysis Overview"
Lecture Presentation, California Association of Licensed Investigators (CALI), Goleta, CA, 1989.
“Safety 101: Laws That Save Lives”
Article, San Luis Obispo County Bar Association, Bar Bulletin, July-August 2008.
"Accident Reconstruction Basics"
Lecture Presentation, Case Studies and Computer Animation Demonstrations, Santa Barbara Trial Lawyers, Santa Barbara, CA, May 2011.
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, Santa Barbara, CA
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Teaching assistant and tutor for undergraduate university level mechanical engineering courses: Engineering Mechanics (Statics), Engineering Mechanics (Dynamics), Computer-Aided Design and Manufacturing.
PACIFIC DESIGN ENGINEERING, Camarillo, CA
Designed components and accessories for wheelchairs and other devices for disabled persons. Provided vendor liaison, initiated prototype development, performed engineering analyses and technical drafting.
FLATHEAD VALLEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE, Kalispell, MT
Math Lab Director, Math, Physics, and Chemistry Tutor, Geology Lab Assistant, Bus Driver.
Managed College Tutorial Learning Center. Assisted students with learning disabilities and learning disadvantages through individual and group tutoring programs. Maintained and assisted Geology Department Laboratory operations. School bus driver and teaching assistant for Geology field trips.
COMINCO AMERICAN, INC., Gabbs, NV
Geologic Engineering Technician
Precious Metals Exploration, Engineering Land and Topographic Surveys, Geo-Physical Surveys, Atomic Spectroscopic Sampling and Analysis.
U.S. FOREST SERVICE, Flathead National Forest, MT
Preliminary Logging Road Surveys, Preliminary Road Design, Bridge Analysis and Surveys,Traffic Control, Truck & Equipment Operator.
NATIONAL PARK SERVICE, Glacier National Park, MT
Civil Engineering Technician
Highway Construction and Maintenance Crew, Truck and Heavy Equipment Operator, Traffic Control, Pilot Car Operations, Flagman, Sign Installation.
AWARDS & SCHOLARSHIPS:
Outstanding Engineering Senior Award, Montana State University College of Engineering
National Dean's List
Who's Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges
College Honor Roll, Twenty-Two Consecutive Quarters
Mott Souders Scholarship
Owen E. Sowerine Scholarship
Engineering and Academic Scholarships
American Gas Association Scholarship
Society for the Advancement of Materials and Process Engineering Scholarship
Montana Board of Regents Scholarship
California Regents/University Fellowship
PROFESSIONAL and HONOR SOCIETIES:
Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)
Society of Accident Reconstructionists (SOAR)
Crash Hub Expert Network (formerly ARC)
National Association of Professional Accident Reconstruction Specialists (NAPARS)
California Association of Accident Reconstruction Specialists (CAARS)
Tau Beta Pi, Engineering Honor Society
Pi Tau Sigma, Mechanical Engineering Honor Society
Phi Kappa Phi, University-wide Honor Society
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