I grew up in suburban Detroit and went to school at Michigan State University where I studied Mechanical Engineering and Biomechanics. At MSU I worked in an Orthopedic Biomechanics Lab where I was able to do everything from dissecting cadavers and designing mechanical fixtures and testing systems to setting up and performing biomechanical experiments. During that time, I had the opportunity to collaborate with a variety of specialists, I co-authored numerous papers and instructed undergraduate level engineering courses. This gave me the chance to work with a variety of people, on unique projects, that had real-world ramifications. Even at that time, it was obvious to me that I was gaining invaluable hands-on experience that many of my peers weren’t fortunate enough to acquire. Not only in a technical sense, but also in the variety of audiences I was working with and presenting to.
How I Got Here
I honed-in on forensics as it presented a unique combination of challenges between the investigative aspects, the analysis, and the communication of such. After grad school, I packed up my things and headed to Toronto, Ontario, where I joined a small but ambitious multidisciplinary forensic engineering firm. At that time, the value of biomechanical expertise was not yet appreciated by the Canadian insurance and legal communities. I was hired to forge their path into forensic Biomechanics and as a 25 year-old kid I was being asked to engage and interest audiences and clients alike on a topic they had never really heard of, much less understood. During my 8 years there, I went from an inexperienced but eager associate to a practice lead at what had grown into Canada’s largest and most well-respected forensic engineering firms, not to mention the largest in house collection of Biomechanists and Personal Injury specialists. Overall, it was an ambitious but successful endeavor as our efforts changed the landscape of forensic Biomechanics in that region. It will always represent an extraordinary period in my life but change was on the horizon. In 2014, my wife I and made the difficult decision to move back to the states. Not quite our home state of Michigan though, we moved to Hawaii!
While the view and climate have certainly changed, my passions have not; I love science and truly enjoy working with people. No matter where we are; people are falling, cars are crashing, and injuries are occurring. As long as that remains, there will be a need for someone to investigate, understand, and explain. I’ve been doing this for over a decade and have been involved in over a thousand investigations. My belief is that science is only as powerful as the scientist presenting it and my mantra is simple – if I get it, you can too. BioLogic Forensics LLC was formed on this basis. We are right here on the North Shore of Oahu and we look forward to working with you.