Hannah Van Staveren B.A.Sc., E.I.T.

Associate, Human Factors
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. Van Staveren is an Associate with the Collision Reconstruction and Human Factors groups at 30 Forensic Engineering. She holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering from Queen’s University and a Master of Engineering from the University of Toronto with a focus on forensic engineering and human factors. She joined 30 Forensic Engineering in 2021 after almost two years working in the industry specializing in collision reconstruction and the assessment of driver behaviour. Hannah is a registered Engineer in Training (E.I.T.) in the Province of Ontario and is a member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES).

SPECIALIZED PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCIES

  • Human Factors Assessment of Driver and Pedestrian Behaviour
  • Perception and Response Time
  • Collision Reconstruction
  • Pedestrian & Bicycle Collisions
  • Signage, Warnings & Labels
  • Nighttime Visibility
  • Staircase Assessment
  • Slip, Trip & Fall Biomechanics
  • Computer Simulation & Animation
  • Video Analysis

ACADEMIC BACKGROUND

Master of Engineering, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, 2022

Bachelor of Applied Science, Mechanical Engineering – Biomechanical Option, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, 2019

Certificate in Business, Smith School of Business, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, 2019

Additional Courses

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) 64th Annual Meeting, Online, October 2020
  • “Traffic Engineering Series: Applying Human Factors Principles to Rural Intersection Safety,” CARSP Webinar, June 2020
  • “Driver Checking Failures Towards Pedestrians & Cyclists: An On-road Study,” CARSP Webinar, June 2020
  • “Vehicle Forensics Essentials,” Series Course, Berla Corporation, June 2020
  • “PC Crash Training Course: 401 Staged Collisions,” Online Course, MEA Forensics, April 2020
  • “Lessons Learned from Using Driving Simulators to Improve Driver Behavior,” CARSP Webinar, March 2020
  • “Truck Drivers’ Perceptions of Unsafe Driving Behaviors,” University of Victoria Webinar, February 2020
  • “The Democratization of Video Evidence: Equipping Investigators with Modern Tools and Know-How,” iNPUT-ACE Webinar, January 2020
  • “Distracted Driving: Recent Data & Research,” CARSP Webinar, December 2019
  • Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) 63rd Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA, October 2019
  • “Experts at Trial: How to Maximize (or Minimize) their Effectiveness,” Will Davidson LLP Seminar, September 2019
  • Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional (CSWP), 2018

Employment Background

30 Forensic Engineering  
Associate – Collision Reconstruction and Human Factors
October 2021 – Present, Toronto, ON

  • Conduct technical investigations of motor vehicle collisions
  • Conduct technical human factors investigations primarily involving perception response and driver behaviour during collision events

Advantage Forensics Inc.
Forensic Engineering Associate
2019 – 2021, Toronto, ON

  • Supported and lead approximately 70 forensic engineering investigations for law firms, insurers and insurance adjusters as part of the Human Factors and Collision Reconstruction Teams
  • Conducted vehicle inspections, site examinations, technical analysis, computer simulations, and technical reporting
  • Presented webinars on human factors analysis, driver behaviour, photogrammetry techniques and video analysis

Department of Mechanical Engineering
Undergraduate Teaching Assistant
2018 – 2019, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON

  • Courses: APSC 200 Engineering Design & Practice II, MECH 228 Kinematics & Dynamics, APSC 162 Engineering Graphics
  • Assisted student teams to create solutions to open ended complex problems and provided guidance for technical writing in engineering reports
  • Mentored students through visualizing, communicating, and analyzing mechanical systems and objects using VPython, MATLAB, and SolidEdge

WAM Industries
CAD Detailer
2016 – 2018, Toronto, ON

  • Produced detailed shop-ready drawings using SolidWorks for custom retail store fixtures
  • Reviewed architectural, engineering and product design drawings
  • Created bill of materials, followed through with production quality checks, and coordinated installment with on-site general contractors

PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES AND ASSOCIATIONS

  • Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO), E.I.T. since 2019
  • Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, Member since 2019

PUBLICATIONS, AND ACADEMIC SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

  • “Human Factors in Forensic Assessments of Motor Vehicle Accidents”, Guest Lecture, University of Waterloo, Department of Kinesiology and Health Sciences, Waterloo, ON, February 2022
  • Van Staveren, H., Young, J. (2021), “Human Factors Analysis of a Waiver – A Case Study,” Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 65th Annual Meeting.
  • Van Staveren, H., Dabbour, E. (2021), “Evaluating the Effectiveness of Lowering Speed Limits on Urban Roads with and without Implementing Traffic Calming Measures,” Proceedings of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineers 48th Annual Conference.
  • Guest Lecturer (2021): “Forensics of Human Factors & Ergonomics – Case Studies,” MIE345 Human Factors Engineering Course, University of Toronto.

PRESENTATIONS

  • “Photogrammetry & Video Analysis,” (2021), Advantage Forensics Webinar.
  • “Driver Behaviour in Adverse Weather Conditions,” (2020), Advantage Forensics Webinar.
  • “Looming Threshold Detection and Perception Reaction Times for Vehicle Following Scenarios,” (2020), Advantage Forensics Webinar.
  • “Understanding Forensic Human Factors through Case Study Analysis,” (2020), Advantage Forensics Webinar.
 

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