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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

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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

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

Richard M. Ziernicki and William H. Pierce.  “Forensic Engineering Investigation of Above-Ground Pool Submersion Accidents.”  Journal of the National Academy of Forensic Engineers. (In Print).

Richard M. Ziernicki. “An Insight into Knott Laboratory with Dr. Ziernicki.”  The Lawyer’s Logbook. (Vol. 5, No. 3 Aug.-Sep. 2015).

Richard M. Ziernicki.  “Forensic Engineering Investigation of Workplace Incidents Involving Machinery.”  Journal of the National Academy of Forensic Engineers. (June 2015).

Richard M. Ziernicki.  “The Forensic Engineer in State and Federal Court.”  Journal of the National Academy of Forensic Engineers. (Dec. 2014).

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.

“Forensic Engineering Investigation of Above-Ground Pool Submersion Accidents.” Speaker. National Academy of Forensic Engineers Annual Meeting (NAFE). Seattle, WA. 18 Jul. 2015.

“Double Fatality at Zero Speed.” Speaker. The National Trial Lawyers Summit. Miami Beach, FL. 21 Jan. 2015.

“Forensic Engineer Investigation of Product Liability Cases.” Speaker. National Academy of Forensic Engineers Annual Meeting (NAFE). Hollywood, FL. 10 Jan. 2015.

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

SELECTED MEDIA APPEARANCES
Knott Laboratory’s history, capabilities and new technology. CNTV Interview by CNTV Consumer Network Television. 18 Oct. 2015.
“Minimizing Liability Risk in Engineering Product Design.” IHS Engineering 360. By Winn Hardin featuring Richard M. Ziernicki. 23 Jul. 2015.
Accident reconstruction involving tanker and multiple vehicles featured on Fox 31 Denver. KDVR. 10 Mar. 2015.
“Famous Deaths Reexamined: Princess Diana.” Dr. Oz Show. ABC. 10 Apr. 2014.
“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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