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Innovators Research, Inc.
Michael L. Shirley, PE

FAX: 260-281-2940

Society of Automotive Engineers

National Society of Professional Engineers

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulation

Athena Research & Consulting LLC

Shelton Investigations, LLC

American Academy of Forensic Sciences

Innovators Research, Inc.

Welcome to Innovators Research, Inc. - We offer clients professional engineering consulting services pertaining to commercial truck and passenger vehicles - and the use (or mis-use) thereof.

Our engineering expertise is founded upon education and years of professional working experience  in the transportation industry involving; design, test & development, manufacturing, reliability & quality, customer vocational applications, vehicle maintenance practices, requirements and testing for compliance with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards, investigation of vehicle accidents & accident reconstruction, and providing qualified expert engineering testimony in deposition and trial.

B. R. (Riley) Vian and Michael L. Shirley, PE each had 30+ year engineering careers with a major  OEM of heavy, medium and light duty trucks, prior to their full-time consulting practice with iri.

iri consulting project examples

Steering systems / components

Fuel & exhaust systems

Brakes, air & hydraulic

Steps, decks, handholds / ergonomics

Post crash fire

Suspension, ride & handling

Cab / chassis mounting components


Tires & wheels

Driveshaft / universal joints

Driver visibility

Veh standards / regulations


For more information call 260-348-1374