Expert Witness - Biomechanics

Professor of Biomedical Engineeering, Biomechanics, Medicine

Richard Collins, Ph.D., M.A.Sc.,B.A.Sc.,                                                                                            President/CEO -  Biomechanics International
440 Monmouth Drive
Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania 16066
United States of America

Contact: Dr. Richard Collins
 Tel: 724-742-0414;   Fax: 724-742-0414


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              Personal Injury Expert Witness

       Expert Witness - Forensic Expert - Speaker Bureau

Forensic Biomechanics: analysis of trauma-related failures of: a) soft tissues: ligament, tendon, muscle, cervical and thoracolumbar spine, and articulations such as the knee, hip and shoulder joints; b) hard tissues: skull fractures, closed head injuries; c) medical device failure analysis; and medical malpractice.


Expertise includes analyses of vehicular, industrial, recreational, commercial, and sports-related injuries in addition to the evaluation of protective devices and safety systems, such as seat belts and helmets. Services may include:  
• Summary and analysis of accident reports, witness statements, depositions, damage reports, scene photographs, etc.  
• Inspection and analysis of vehicles; machinery; objects associated with an injury and the injury environment; and to identify injury causation and injury prevention factors.  
• Protective devices evaluation (seat belts, air bags, clothing, guards, helmets) to identify injury causation factors.  
• Evaluation of workplace hazards and equipment, to identify injury causation factors.  
• Computer analyses including animation and simulation in both demonstrative and analytic formats.  
• Search and retrieval of relevant literature from medical and engineering databases.  
• Re-enactment of human kinematics or injury scenarios on-site or in laboratory setting  
• Preparation for deposition, arbitration, mediation, or trial.  
• Preparation of court exhibits (photographs, charts, graphs, anatomic models, animation, and literature summaries).  

Areas of Expertise:

 Accident Analysis
 Accident Investigation
 Accident Reconstruction
 Amusement Parks
 Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries
 Back Pain
 Biomedical engineering
 Brain Injury
 Engineering Aeronautical
 Engineering Aerospace
 Engineering Forensic
 Engineering Mechanical
 Expert Witness
 Failure Analysis
 Highway Safety
 Medical Devices
 Medical Malpractice
 Personal Injury
 Premises Liability
 Products Liability
 Recreation Safety
 Research / Testing
 Safety, Human Factors
 Safety, OSHA
 Seat Belts
 Slip and Fall
 Spinal Cord Injury
 Sport and Recreation Injuries
 Traffic Accident Reconstruction
 Wrongful Death


Demonstrated accuracy in research and scientific analysis in mechanical and biomedical engineering and regulatory assessments. Former university professor of Biomedical & Human Factors Engineering; Former Professor of Medicine; and Former Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.  
1960 – 2008: Dr. Collins has had published 120 international scientific journal publications and reports.  
1967 – 2006: Dr. Collins has contributed to 195 presentations in 38 countries.  

Selection of Professional Affiliations/Societies (past and present)
• American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) - U.S.A.  
• Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) - U.S.A.  
• Biological Engineering Society - U.K.  
• Société de Biomécanique - France  
• American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) - U.S.A.  

Professional Experience

2004 – 2009:   Full Graduate Faculty Status and Graduate Faculty Advisor in the Department of                                  Mechanical  Engineering, University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV).  
2004 – 2005:   Scientific consultant to General Electric Nuclear Energy, San José, CA  
1989 – Present: Biomechanics International – CEO and Senior Consultant in Biomechanics, Biomedical and Mechanical Engineering  
2001 – Present: Senior Associate in Injury Causation Analysis and Litigation Support, Forensic Biomechanics, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania  
1995 – 2001: Wright State University, Dayton, OH - Research Professor of Biomedical and Human Factors Engineering; Visiting Professor of Mathematics; Research Professor of Physics  
A. D. Foulis Endowed Chair Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Technical University of Nova Scotia, Canada  
1985: Senior Scientist, Stanford Research International - Menlo Park, California  
1983 – 1985: Senior Physicist, Physics International Company - San Leandro, CA  
1980 – 1982: Professor of Medicine, University of Besançon – France  
1979 – 1982: Professor of Physics, Chemistry and Automation, University Toulouse  
1975 – 1978: Professor of Biological and Medical Engineering, University of Compiègne  
1972 – 1975: Associate Professor of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, Univ Paris,  
1966 – 1975: Assistant Professor of Applied Mechanics & Structures - University of California and Co-director of graduate programs  

Legal Experience & Services

• Qualified as an expert witness in civil and criminal courts.  
• Internationally recognized engineering and medical expertise.  
• Wrongful death, medical and dental malpractice; medical device/product liability  
• Injury biomechanics in automotive crashes, aircraft crashes, elevator failures, sports impacts and slips and falls.  
• Head Injury cases due to motorcycle, bicycle collisions, along with protective helmet liability issues.  
• Accident reconstruction and failure analysis for litigation involving personal injury and trauma  
• Analyses involving motor vehicle accidents, automotive, train and aircraft accident and injury analysis and traffic safety, forklift turnovers, elevator free-falls, slips, trips and falls; sports injuries, product liability in industrial, sports, recreational and safety equipment; sports and industrial injuries, ergonomics and repetitive stress syndromes;  
• Extensively published in the peer-reviewed national and international literature.  

Scientific Affiliations
Invited Reviewer:
NSF (National Science Foundation) SBIR/STTR grant proposal reviewerJournal of Biomechanical Engineering  Applied Mechanics Reviews  
Canadian Heart Foundation Applications  
Mathematical and Computer Modeling - An International Journal  
International Journal of PharmaceuticsCooperative Grants Program of the U.S. Civilian R & D Foundation for the Independent States of the Former USSR  
National Medical Research Council (NMRC) Singapore  

Board Memberships
Member of the Editorial Board, World Scientific Publishing Co., headquartered in Singapore, with offices in New Jersey, London, Hong Kong, Taipei, Bangalore, Chennai, Beijing and Shanghai (2003-present)  
Associate Editor: World Scientific Series in Health Informatics  
Member, Editorial Board: Applied Microgravity Technology  
Associate Editor: Annales Françaises de Chronométrie et Microtechnique  
Scientific Committee: International Union of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics  
Executive Board Program Committee: SAFE Wright Brothers Chapter  


BIOENGINEERING/BIOMECHANICS: cardiovascular and pulmonary hemodynamics, blood flow transport to the brain, eyes, rheology of blood and biological tissues, mathematical modeling and numerical computer-based predictions of physiological response, lubrication of articular joints and design of articular prostheses, macromolecular transport in the arterial wall, fluid dynamics of the eye, cardiac mechanics, particle deposition in the pulmonary airways, subcutaneous circulation, biomedical device development, biomedical instrumentation, environmental and toxicological impact of chemical uptake by the inhalatory tract and the skin, physiologically based pharmacokinetic modeling, risk analysis of toxicant exposures, risk analysis of toxicant exposures, impact biophysics, aerospace medicine, inhalation toxicology, transdermal drug transport, biomolecular transport dynamics, controlled-release drug delivery systems (implantable), injury causation analysis for litigation support

Awards & Honors

Honors – Cited in:  
• International Who's Who of Contemporary Achievement – 1984  
• Who's Who in the World, Sixth Edition - 1982-1983  
• Men of Achievement, Ninth Edition - 1982  
• Who's Who in the World, Fifth Edition - 1980-1981  
• Who's Who in Western Europe - 1978-1979  
• NATO-AGARD Scientific Consultant (Europe) - 1972-1973  
• American Men of Science - 1969


Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering/Aeronautical Sciences, 1966  
University of California, Berkeley, California  
M.A.Sc. Aeronautical and Aerospace Engineering, 1961  
University of Toronto, Institute of Aerospace Studies, Toronto, Canada  
B.A.Sc. Engineering Physics, 1959  
University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada