Ben T. Railsback, M.S., P.E.
Director of Mechanical Engineering
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.
“Hazard Analysis and Risk Assessment for the Operators of Stand-Up Forklifts.” 2008 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition. Paper Number IMECE2008-66427. (November 2008).
“Forensic Engineering Investigation of Product Liability Cases.” Journal of the National Academy of Forensic Engineers. (Dec. 2008).
“Re-Construction Using CDR.” Speaker. Forensic Engineering Tools & Techniques “Advanced Accident Re-Construction For Forensic Engineers Series.” Presented by the: Education Committee of The National Academy of Forensic Engineers. National Academy of Forensic Engineers Annual Meeting (NAFE). St. Louis, MO. 16-18 Jul. 2009.
“Multi Vehicle Accident Reconstruction.” Colorado Springs Claims Association Annual Seminar. Presenter. Colorado Springs, CO. 16 May 2008.
“Seatbelts & Airbags: Current Technology.” Vehicular Accident Reconstruction Insurance Seminar. Presenter. Knott Laboratory LLC. Centennial, CO. 11 May 2006.