Engineering Standards for Forensic Application	
 - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128132401

Engineering Standards for Forensic Application

1st Edition

Editors: Richard Mclay Robert Anderson
Hardcover ISBN: 9780128132401
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st August 2018
Page Count: 600
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Engineering Standards for Forensic Application presents the technologies and law precedents for the application of engineering standards to forensic opinions, discussing Fundamentals, Disciplines, Engineering Standards, The Basics and the Future of Forensics. The book explores the engineering standard and how it is used by experts to give opinions that are introduced into evidence, and how they are assumed to be the best evidence known on the topic at hand. Final sections include coverage of NFL Brain Injuries and the Flint Water Crisis. Examples of the use of engineering standards are shown and discussed throughout the work.

Key Features

  • Addresses a wide variety of forensic engineering areas, including relevant law
  • Provides a new approach of study that includes the work of both engineers and litigators
  • Contains contributions from over 40 experts, offering the reader examples of general forensic methods that are based on reliable engineering practice


Forensic Engineers, Forensic Scientists, Litigators, Trial Attorneys and Judges. Students and instructors studying or teaching forensic engineering in forensic science programs, also law school libraries

Table of Contents

Part 1 Fundamentals
1. Case Studies in Engineering Evidence
2. Assessing Scientific Methodology of Engineering Experts
3. The Breadth of Engineering Standards
4. Engineering Standards in Forensic Education
5. An Environmental Engineering Case Study

Part 2 Disciplines
6. Engineering Standards in Electric Shock
7. HVAC and Building Envelope Litigation
8. Architectural Standards in Slip, Trip, and Fall Litigation
9. Engineering Standards in Construction Litigation
10. Engineering Standards in Transportation Litigation
11. Engineering Standards in Fire Investigation
12. Engineering Standards in Electrical Fire Investigations
13. Engineering Standards in Geotechnical Engineering Litigation
14. Engineering Standards in Welding Failure
15. Highway Design Litigation

Part 3 De Facto Engineering Standards
16. De Facto Engineering Design Standards
17. Industry Standards in Computing Litigation
18. Electric Power Industry Standards
19. De Facto Standards in Tire Friction
20. A U.S. Patent Acting as a De Facto Standard in Tire Failure
21. Forensic Economics
22. De Facto Standards in Accident Reconstruction

Part 4 Basic Sciences/Basic Engineering
23. Engineering Standards in Biomechanics
24. Engineering Standards in Human Factors
25. Standards in Human Vibration Litigation
26. Products Liability

Part 5 Engineering Standards – The Forensic Future
27. The Future of Forensic Methods
28. NFL Brain Injury
29. Forensic Odontology
30. Flint Water Crisis


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About the Editor

Richard Mclay

Dr. McLay received a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, and Masters and PhD degrees in Engineering Mechanics from the University of Wisconsin. Apart from university and industry experience, Dr. McLay had professional service at the Boeing Company Aerospace Division, the University of Vermont mechanical engineering, General Electric Armaments Department, E-Systems, and TEXTRON. Dr. McLay has been a forensic engineer for 43 years, acquiring experience in accident investigation, simulation, products liability, human factors, and forensic animation. He is a TEETOR Award winner from the Society of Automotive engineers and has been an adjunct faculty member in biomedical engineering at the University of Iowa for 20 years, where he developed and executed a number of special seminars on forensic methods. He has written more than 100 papers in engineering, on forensics, and human factors, and several monographs. Dr. McLay brings 56 years of engineering and teaching experience to the Monograph and his leadership in its planning and writing. He is a member of the National Academy of Forensic Engineers (NAFE) and the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS).

Affiliations and Expertise

Expert Witness and Adjunct Professor, Biomedical Engineering, University of Iowa - Iowa City, IA, USA

Robert Anderson

Dr. Anderson received his BS degree in Chemistry from the University of San Francisco and his BS and MS degrees in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. He earned his PhD from Stanford University, Stanford, CA, in Applied Earth Sciences, Metallurgy, with a specialty in Thermodynamics.

He was a professor of Materials Engineering at Stanford University before joining the faculty at San Jose State University, School of Engineering, in Materials Engineering, where he served 20 years, including as a department chairman. He is Emeritus Professor, San Jose State. Dr. Anderson holds PE licenses in Metallurgical Engineering and in Nuclear Engineering. He is President of RNA Consulting, Inc., specializing in Forensic Materials and Metallurgical Engineering.

As a testifying expert, Dr. Anderson brings to the Monograph more than 40 years of teaching, publishing, and forensic engineering experience, as well as his on-going leadership in the American Academy of Forensics Sciences (AAFS), the National Academy of Forensic Engineers (NAFE), the Society of Forensic Engineers and Scientists (SFES), and most recently, as Board President of the International Board of Forensic Engineering Sciences (IBFES).

Affiliations and Expertise

RNA Consulting, Inc. Los Altos Hills, CA, USA

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