Anna Polak B.A.Sc., M.A.Sc.

Associate, Collision Reconstruction
Direct: (416) 368-1700

Our Associates perform on-site investigations to determine origin and cause of complex losses. Their process: examine and collect evidence, take on-site photos, interview witnesses, conduct testing in our lab and analyze data to produce technical reports that are clear and concise.

 

EXPERT SUMMARY

Ms. Anna Polak is an Associate with the Collision Reconstruction group at 30 Forensic Engineering. She holds a Bachelor of Applied Science with a focus in Mechanical Engineering. Anna conducts vehicle and site examinations for collisions involving different types of vehicles, including automobiles, trucks, bicycles, motorcycles, and other types of heavy machinery.

SPECIALIZED PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCIES

  • Collision site assessments
  • Vehicle mechanical examinations
  • Restraint system usage and effectiveness assessments
  • Event data recorder (black box) data retrieval and analysis

ACADEMIC BACKGROUND

Master of Applied Science (Mechanical Engineering), University of Waterloo, 2019

  • M.A.Sc. Thesis: ACL Strain During Single-Leg Jump Landing: An Experimental and Computational Investigation

Bachelor of Applied Science (Mechanical Engineering, Honours, Co-operative Program, With Distinction), University of Waterloo, 2016

Additional Courses

  • Wilderness and Remote First Aid and CPR/AED Level C, 2020
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology, 2020
  • Fundamentals of University Teaching, 2015

Employment Background

30 Forensic Engineering  
Associate – Collision Reconstruction
2020 – Present, Toronto, ON

  • Conduct technical investigations of motor vehicle and recreational vehicle collisions
  • Investigate defects in vehicle components and mechanical equipment and failures involving engineering factors and human factors in vehicle collisions

University of Waterloo Forming and Crash Lab
Research Assistant
2019, Waterloo, Ontario

  • Performed lab experiments for material characterization of metals used in automotive manufacturing
  • Used Digital Image Correlation (DIC) to determine deformation of samples
  • Analyzed and presented experimental results

University of Waterloo Structural Biomechanics Lab
Graduate Researcher
2016 – 2019, Waterloo, Ontario

  • Performed cadaver experiments to determine ACL strain during single leg jump landing
  • Modified the Global Human Body Models Consortium (GHBMC) model to re-create lab experiments using finite element analysis (FEA)
  • Validated finite element model by comparing ACL strains to experimental data

Hatch Ltd.
Specialized Engineering and Design Co-op
2015, Mississauga, Ontario

  • Modelled fluid and particle flow using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) software Fluent
  • Researched models of turbulent flow around a cylinder

Cooper Standard Automotive
Quality Engineering Assistant
2013, Stratford, Ontario

  • Worked on the implementation of a new quality control procedure
  • Organized and updated AutoCAD drawings of all extrusion profiles in the manufacturing plant
  • Performed tensile tests on carrier for weatherstripping
 

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