Olivia Yalnizyan M.A.Sc., B.A.Sc.

Associate, Materials & Product Failure / Piping & HVAC
Direct: 647-705-2922

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.



Ms. Olivia Yalnizyan is an Associate with the Materials Failure Group at 30 Forensic Engineering. She holds a Masters in Material Science & Engineering from the University of Toronto, where she specialized in investigations of orthopedic implant failures and biomaterials. At 30 Forensic Engineering, Olivia investigates a diverse range of product failures, mechanical system failures, and equipment failures.


  • Engineering Design and Product Failure
  • Material Characterization and Chemical Analysis
  • Microscopy & Fractographic Analysis
  • Metallurgical Analysis of Material Microstuctures & Mechanical Properties
  • Material Production and Manufacturing Processes
  • Biomaterials & Biomedical Devices
  • Scope Development & Project Management
  • Technical Writing

academic background

  • M.A.Sc., University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, 2018
  • B.A.Sc., University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, 2016


30 Forensic Engineering

Associate, Materials Failure Group
2019 – Present, Toronto, Ontario

  • Product liability investigations (property losses and personal injuries)
  • Mechanical failure and material analysis (e.g. fatigue, corrosion, overload, stress failures)
  • Piping and Plumbing Investigations (e.g. corrosion, soldering, over pressurization, degradation)
  • Analysis of Joint Failures (e.g. welded, brazed, soldered, clamped, threaded)
  • Plastic and Polymer Failures (e.g. degradation, stress failures, manufacturing defects)
  • Equipment and Appliance Failures (e.g. fan coil units, water heaters, dishwashers, pumps)
  • HVAC and Sprinkler System Failures (e.g. riser pipes, fittings, valves, sprinkler heads and pumps)
  • Glass Failures (e.g. spontaneous fractures, tempered and safety glass, origin assessment of scratches)
  • Coating and Sealant Failures (e.g. delamination, degradation, unintended chemical reactions)
  • Investigation of Seating Stability (e.g. chairs, stools, lawn furniture, swings)
  • Automatic and Manual Door, Garage and Overhead Gate Assessments (e.g. door speeds, sensor activity)
  • Sports equipment and exercise materials (e.g. bicycles, home gyms, floor mats)

University of Toronto

Teaching Assistant, MSE431/1031: Forensic Engineering
2016 – 2018, Toronto, Ontario

  • Explained the fundamentals of various forensic investigation processes
  • Demonstrated the use of Failure Analysis tools
  • Advised on and reviewed all failure analysis reports from case studies

Agfa Graphics

2014 – 2015, Antwerp, Belgium

  • Engineered polymer coatings in exploration of crosslinking capabilities of nanocapsule solutions
  • Investigated coating properties with the use of SEM, FTIR, and TOF-SIMS techniques

Self Employed

2010 – 2014, Toronto, Ontario

  • Completed a range of construction, renovation, and repair projects for both residential and commercial properties
  • Managed and coordinated all job estimates, project tasks, and equipment use on site
  • Developed proficient hands-on skills in carpentry, electrical, plumbing, welding, masonry, and a practical knowledge of a vast range of tools and machinery