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Richard M. Ziernicki, Ph.D., P.E.

President & CEO
Principal Mechanical Engineer

rziernicki@knottlab.com
Phone: 303.925.1900
Fax: 303.925.1901

Resume | Publications, Presentations, Media Appearances


Dr. Ziernicki conducts and directs investigations of vehicular accidents, which include automobiles, tractor-trailers, buses, motorcycles, bicycles, and pedestrians. He also consults on industrial accidents and machinery failures and safety.

Dr. Ziernicki has evaluated several thousand industrial and vehicular accidents. Dr. Ziernicki’s accident reconstruction expertise has been featured over twenty seven times on local and national television including the Discovery Channel, Dateline NBC, National Geographic, MSNBC, and FOX News Channel on accidents such as the Princess Diana accident and recently on the Air France Flight 447 accident.

He performed research and field investigations for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) as an investigator and team member for NHTSA’s Crash Injury Research and Engineering Network (CIREN), which is comprised of engineers and trauma doctors. Dr. Ziernicki has presented papers and lectured at a number of technical conferences in the United States, Canada, Europe and South America. He is the author of over fifty publications, primarily in the fields of safety, mechanical engineering and vehicle accident reconstruction. Dr. Ziernicki is a contributing author of five books on forensic engineering.

Dr. Ziernicki is a member of several SAE Standards Committees.   He is a Board Member and Past President for the National Academy of Forensic Engineers (NAFE). Dr. Ziernicki is also a Committee member of Accident Reconstruction, Program Technical Review and Web Site for the National Academy of Forensic Engineers.  Dr. Ziernicki has been qualified as an expert witness in both State and Federal courts in several hundred cases. He has testified for both plaintiffs and defendants, and has worked with District Attorneys, Public Defenders, the State of Colorado Attorney General’s Office, and US Department of Justice and US Department of Defense.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

“Expert Witnesses in the US Justice System.” Richard M. Ziernicki, Proceedings of XIII Bi-annual conference, Problems of Reconstruction of Road Accidents. Zakopane, Poland, September 2013.

“New Technologies in Expert Opinion Preparation in the USA.” Richard M. Ziernicki and Angelos G. Leiloglou. Proceedings of XIII Bi-annual conference, Problems of Reconstruction of Road Accidents. Zakopane, Poland, September 2013.

“Newest Trends in Accident Reconstruction.” Richard M. Ziernicki, The Lawyers Logbook, Winter 2013.

“Fatigued Drivers and Consequences.” Richard M. Ziernicki and Ashley Heist, The Lawyers Logbook, Winter 2012.

“Analysis of the Hazard of Wood Chipper Accidents.” Ashley M. Heist, Richard M. Ziernicki and Ben T. Railsback, November 2011.

“Danger! Falling Cargo.  The Importance of Proper and Safe Securement of Your Load.”  Richard M. Ziernicki and Ashley M. Heist, April 2011.

SELECTED PRESENTATIONS

“Newest Technologies Used in Courts by Experts.” Speaker. The Latest In Litigation Technology Including iPads. Rhode Island Association For Justice. Providence, RI. 15 Nov. 2013.

“Investigation of Trucking Accidents.” Speaker. The Keys to Winning. Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association. Rogers, AR. 11 Oct. 2013.

“Analysis of Trucking Accidents and Regulations.” Speaker. National Academy of Forensic Engineers Annual Meeting (NAFE). Minneapolis, MN. 20 Jul. 2013.

“Newest Technology in Forensic Investigations.” Speaker. Rocky Mountain Health & Safety Conference by Colorado Safety Association (CSA). Westminster, CO. 20 May 2013.

“Trucking Accidents: What You Need To Know And Why.” Speaker. APITLA National Interstate Trucking Conference Super Summit II. St. Louis, MO. 27 Apr. 2013.

SELECTED MEDIA APPEARANCES

“The Night of Fear.” Fourth Millennium. Mitele Channel 4, Spain. 8 Sep. 2013.

Knott Lab’s Accident Reconstruction.” NatGeo Amazing! National Geographic Channel. 10 Sep. 2010.

Air France Flight 447.” Geraldo At Large. Fox News Channel. 14 Jun. 2009.

Princess Diana’s Death: Unanswered Questions.” Fox News Channel. 4 Aug. 2007.

“Out of Control: Why Cars Crash.” MSNBC. 2000/2001.

 

 

Registration & Certifications

Registered Professional Engineer in the following states:

Alabama
California
Colorado
Kansas
Texas
Wyoming

Board Certified in Forensic Engineering by the National Academy of Forensic Engineers.

Certified by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying

Education

Ph.D. Technical Science, magna cum laude, specialty in dynamic analysis, 1979

M.S. Mechanical Engineering, specialty in design of heavy industry and foundry machinery, 1975

B.Sc. Mechanical Design, 1973.

All degrees obtained at University of Mining and Metallurgy, Krakow, Poland

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