Jacob Wernik B.A.Sc. Ph.D.

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

Dr. Jacob Wernik is an Associate in the Collision Reconstruction and Trucking group at 30 Forensic Engineering. He specializes in vehicle failure investigations, product failure analyses and vehicle accident reconstructions involving automobiles, tractor trailers, heavy equipment, motorcycles, snowmobiles, construction equipment, bicycles and pedestrians. In his role as a collision reconstructionist he has been involved in over 500 investigations. He has experience in both United States and Canadian markets and has provided expert testimony in both deposition and trial settings. He graduated from the University of Toronto with both a Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.Sc.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He has previous experience in the automotive sector as a Product Engineer for Magna Closures, and more recently as a Test Engineer with Renault-Nissan.

SPECIALIZED PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCIES

  • Collision reconstructions involving numerous motorized and non-motorized vehicles
  • Vehicle dynamics
  • Collision simulation and animation
  • Heavy truck and passenger vehicles data retrieval and analysis
  • FARO Focus 3D Scanner operation
  • Product failure investigations including automotive equipment and household appliances

ACADEMIC BACKGROUND

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, 2013
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.Sc.) University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, 2007

ADDITIONAL COURSES

  • Vehicle Dynamics for Passenger Cars and Light Trucks, SAE International, 2018
  • Applying Automotive EDR Data to Traffic Crash Reconstruction, SAE International, 2016
  • Heavy Vehicle Crash Reconstruction, Northwestern University, Illinois, 2016
  • Defense Research Institute, Trucking Law Seminar, Chicago, 2015
  • Accessing and Interpreting Heavy Vehicle Event Data Recorders, SAE International, 2015
  • Defense Research Institute, Defending Trucking Litigation, Chicago, 2015
  • Bendix Heavy Duty Vehicle Air Brake Systems Training, Universal Technical Institute, 2014
  • Traffic Accident Reconstruction II, Northwestern University, 2014
  • Traffic Accident Reconstruction I, Northwestern University, 2014
  • Defense Research Institute, Deposition Institute, Chicago, 2014

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

30 Forensic Engineering
Associate – Collision Reconstruction
2022 – Present, Toronto, ON

  • Casework involves the investigation, analysis, and reconstruction of accidents involving passenger vehicles, tractor-trailers, buses, trucks, motorcycles, and pedestrians.
  • Responsible for the various aspects of accident investigation including scene analysis, evidence collection and preservation, crash and diagnostic data retrieval and interpretation, vehicle mapping, visibility and sightline investigations, vehicle trajectory analysis, and computer simulations.
  • Well-seasoned in the reconstruction of complex vehicle impact scenarios, accustomed to ‘high exposure’ accident investigations involving fatalities and/or significant property damage.

SEA Limited
Project Engineer
2014 – 2019, Chicago, Illinois

  • Provided ‘rapid response’ accident investigation services for national transportation companies.
  • Conducted failure analysis of automotive and trucking components, commercial products, household appliances, manufacturing, and heavy equipment through laboratory examination.
  • Provided expert testimony in legal proceedings including depositions, trials, and mediations.
  • Familiar with applicable codes, standards, and regulations of federal and local transportation industries and compliance evaluations of commercial motor vehicle and carrier operations.

University of Toronto
Research Associate
2007 – 2014, Toronto, Ontario

  • Responsible for supporting research projects through numerical analysis and experimental testing.
  • Recent projects include the design and analysis of dovetail and fir-tree roots in aeroengine disc assemblies, automotive head restraint system for the prevention of whiplash, morphing wing design for unmanned aerial vehicles, design of multifunctional composite systems.
  • Extensive CAD design and FEA analysis experience (ANSYS, Matlab, SolidWorks, AutoCAD).
  • Teaching experience in the field of mechanical engineering with emphasis on Computer Aided Design, Finite Element Methods, Fracture Mechanics, and Solid Mechanics.

PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES AND ASSOCIATIONS

  • Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO), Member
  • Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), Member
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Member
  • National Association of Professional Accident Reconstruction Specialists (NAPARS), Member
  • Canadian Association of Technical Accident Investigators (CATAIR), Member

AWARDS AND ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Primary author of seven peer reviewed publications in top-tier scientific journals and secondary author of two others.
  • Invited review article in Applied Mechanics Reviews (AMR) which was cited as the top downloaded article in its year of publication.
  • Awarded the Innovation Award at the ASME IMECE in Boston, Massachusetts.
  • Awarded the Innovation Scholarship from Lockheed Martin at the NST.
  • Invited to attend two graduate workshops, one with the University of Seoul, South Korea, and the other with the University of Tokyo Global Center of Excellence for Mechanical Systems Innovation in Japan.
  • Recipient of eight graduate awards and distinctions including:
    • The National Science and Engineering Research Council Postgraduate Scholarship (NSERC);
    • The University of Toronto’s Nanotechnology Award Network Award;
    • The Joseph Bazylewicz Fellowship; and,
    • The Department’s Best Oral Presentation Award, amongst others.

PUBLICATIONS AND ACADEMIC SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

  • J.M. Wernik (2018). Autonomous Vehicles: State-of-the-Art and Considerations of Potential Litigation Issues. Speaking engagement for Nationwide Insurance Group.
  • J.M. Wernik (2018). Elements of Driver Distraction. Speaking engagement for Distracted Driving Awareness Month.
  • J.M. Wernik (2017). Automotive & Heavy Vehicle Accident Reconstruction Data Sources. Speaking engagement for Cremer Spina Insurance Group.
  • J.M. Wernik (2016). Data Collection and Accident Reconstruction. Speaking engagement for Custard Insurance Group.
  • J.M. Wernik (2015). New Technologies in the Forensic Engineering Industry.
  • N. Kloppenborg, T. Amenson, J.M. Wernik, J. Wiechel, (2015). Vehicle and Occupant Response in Low-Speed Go-Kart Crash Tests. ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition.
  • J.M. Wernik, S.A. Meguid, (2013). On The Mechanical Characterization of Nano-Reinforced Epoxy Adhesives. Mater. Des., v 59, pp. 19-32.
  • J.M. Wernik, S.A. Meguid, (2013). Multiscale Micromechanical Modeling of The Constitutive Response of Carbon Nanotube-Reinforced Structural Adhesives. Int J Solid Struct.
  • S.A. Meguid, J.M. Wernik, F. Al Jahwari, (2012). Toughening Mechanisms In Multiphase Nanocomposites. Int J Mech Mater Des, v 9, n 2, pp. 115-125.
  • J.M. Wernik, B.J. Cornwell-Mott, S.A. Meguid, (2012). Determination of The Interfacial Properties of Carbon Nanotube Reinforced Polymer Composites Using Atomistic-Based Continuum Model. Int J Solid Struct, v 49, n 13, pp. 1852-1863.
  • J.M. Wernik, S.A. Meguid, (2011). Multiscale Modeling of The Nonlinear Response Of Nano- Reinforced Polymers. Acta Mechanica, v 217, n 1-2, pp. 1-16.
  • J.M. Wernik, S.A. Meguid, (2010). Recent Developments In Multifunctional Nanocomposites Using Carbon Nanotubes. Appl Mech Rev, v 63, n 5, pp. 050801-1-40.
  • S.A. Meguid, J.M. Wernik, Z.Q. Cheng, (2010), Atomistic-Based Continuum Representation of the Effective Properties of Nano-Reinforced Epoxies. Int J Solids Struct, v 47, n 13, pp. 1723-1736.
  • J.M. Wernik, S.A. Meguid, (2010) Atomistic-Based Continuum Modeling of The Nonlinear Behavior of Carbon Nanotubes. Acta Mechanica, v 212, n 1-2, pp. 167-179.
  • J.M. Wernik, S.A. Meguid, (2009). Coupling Atomistics and Continuum In Solids: Status, Prospects and Challenges. Int J Mech Mater Des, v 5, n 1, pp. 79-110.
 

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