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Ben T. Railsback, M.S., P.E.

Director of Mechanical Engineering


brailsback@knottlab.com
Phone: 303-925-1900
Fax: 303-925-1901

Resume | Publications, Presentations, Media Appearances


Mr. Railsback began his engineering career at Knott Laboratory after graduation from the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado. While at the School of Mines as an undergraduate, Mr. Railsback became involved with the Formula SAE race team and developed a passion for manufacturing, vehicle dynamics, and automotive engineering. In part due to his continued interest in competing in the Formula SAE competition, Mr. Railsback pursued graduate studies at the School of Mines resulting in a Master’s Degree in Engineering Systems with a mechanical specialty. Mr. Railsback’s graduate engineering studies focused on the development of a mechanical and electrical strain sensor utilizing optical fiber for composite material structures.

Mr. Railsback’s experience in vehicle dynamics, automotive engineering and manufacturing made him an ideal fit for the mechanical engineering group at Knott Laboratory. While at Knott Laboratory, Mr. Railsback’s continued research into mechanical engineering design, vehicle dynamics and accident reconstruction have led to the publication of several peer reviewed papers with the Society of Automotive Engineers, American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the National Academy of Forensic Engineers. Mr. Railsback also regularly presents educational seminars to forensic engineers, insurance professionals and attorneys.

Mr. Railsback has qualified as an expert witness in both civil and criminal courts and testified for plaintiffs and defendants in the areas of mechanical engineering, accident reconstruction and animation.

SELECTED MEDIA APPEARANCES

Hazards Posed by Corded Window Coverings. KMGH 7 News Interview. 6 Nov. 2015.

Occupant Motion Kinematics in the Back of a Police Transport Van, Similar to the Freddie Gray Incident. Fox 31 News Interview. 11 Nov. 2015.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

“Forensic Engineering Evaluation and Testing of Horizontal Intrusion Protection Equipment for Stand-Up Forklifts.” Journal of the National Academy of Forensic Engineers. (In Print).

“Stand-Up Forklift Egress Times as a Function of Operator Compartment Guarding.” 2014 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition IMECE2014-38847. Nov. 19, 2014.

“Forensic Engineering Investigation of Incidents Involving Corded Window Coverings.” Journal of the National Academy of Forensic Engineers. (June 2013).

“Analysis of the Hazards of Wood Chipper Accidents.” 2011 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition. Paper Number IMECE2011-62786. (November 2011)

“Stand-Up Forklift Acceleration.” 2010 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition. Paper Number IMECE2010-38940. (November 2010).

SELECTED PRESENTATIONS

“Forensic Engineering Evaluation and Testing of Horizontal Intrusion Protection Equipment for Stand-Up Forklifts.” Speaker. National Academy of Forensic Engineers Annual Meeting (NAFE). Seattle, WA. 18 Jul. 2015.

“Engineering Investigations of Crane Accidents.” Construction Safety & Claims Summit. Willis of Colorado. Presenter. Centennial, CO. 12 Sep. 2012.

“Fraud and Low Speed Impact Investigation.” Accident Reconstruction Insurance Seminar. Knott Laboratory, LLC. Centennial, CO. 24 Feb. 2012.

“Forensic Engineering Investigation of Accidents Involving Corded Window Coverings.”  National Academy of Forensic Engineers Annual Meeting (NAFE). Miami Beach, FL. 07 Jan. 2012.

“Analysis of the Hazards of Wood Chipper Accidents.” 2011 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition. Presenter. Denver, CO. 15 Nov. 2011.

 

Registration & Certifications

Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Colorado (P.E.)

Board Certified in Forensic Engineering by the National Academy of Forensic Engineers (NAFE)

Accredited Traffic Accident Reconstructionist (ACTAR)

Education

M.S. Engineering Systems, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, Colorado

B.S. Engineering, Mechanical Specialty, Minor in Economics, Colorado School of Mines, with high scholastic honor

Engineering Expertise
Professional Affiliations