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Michael L. Shirley, PE

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                                                              Michael L. Shirley, PE, F.NSPE

Innovators Research, Inc.
December 2012 -- CV

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2290 CR 23
Waterloo, IN 46793-9415
Office & Fax: 260-281-2940
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e-mail:  mshirley@centurylink.net

    (1982-2005, Part-time  ♦  2005 to Present, Full-time)
                    Professional engineering services in vehicle design, test, maintenance, vocational application & performance, government regulations, accident reconstruction and related forensic issues. Mr. Shirley’s engineering practice began in 1964 at Saginaw Steering Gear (General Motors Corp.); continued with 38 years at Navistar International Truck Group (formerly International Harvester Co.) in design, test,  product litigation support & engineering management. Upon retiring from International Truck in 2005 as a Chief Engineer in Chassis Systems Design, Mr. Shirley continues his engineering practice as a consultant to clients involved in the automotive and transportation industry. He is a licensed professional engineer in Indiana & holds a class A commercial driver’s license (CDL). Mr. Shirley has given expert witness testimony (deposition & trial), in both state & federal courts in the USA.

    Design and Forensic Projects have included:
  • Steering systems / components
  • Fuel & exhaust systems
  • Cab / chassis mounting components
  • Occupant protection
  • Steps, decks, handholds / ergonomics
  • Post crash fire
  • Crashworthiness
  • Driver visibility
  • Brakes, air & hydraulic
  • Suspension, ride & handling
  • Tires & wheels
  • Veh standards / regulations


Navistar  International  Truck  Group. Ft. Wayne, IN. 1967-2005
Formerly, International Harvester Company (IHC), Truck Group

Chief Engineer & Sr. Project Development Engineer in Chassis Design Systems: 2005-1989
Responsible charge for design, development / validation, vehicle performance, compliance with federal regulations & standards of vehicle systems and components related to steering & steer axles, suspension systems (primary & cab), ride and handling, brake drums & rotors, tires, wheels & wheel bearings, lift axles (for) all International Truck vehicle models; managed a staff of from 3 to 55 engineers & designers over the 16 year period.

  • Responsible for design and test of air & hydraulic brake systems for all Medium Duty International Truck models (1992-1995), including ABS systems.
  • Managed the Vehicle Dynamics Test & Development Group of engineers & technicians (1995-1996), evaluating & optimizing all models of International Trucks for ride, handling and stability (roll-over) performance.

         Staff Engineer, Product Integrity Group: 9/89-10/79
         Managed the investigation and technical aspects of accidents involving all models of International Trucks.  Worked with In-House and local Trial Attorneys in coordinating the technical discovery process and preparing exhibits for trial.  Worked with retained experts, local law enforcement and US DOT personnel in the on-scene & post accident investigation process.  Consulted with personnel from design, test, manufacturing, purchasing, sales and service groups, including outside suppliers in the evaluation of design & performance details of vehicles & system components.  Provided deposition and trial testimony as a qualified engineering expert, and as a company representative.

            Product Engineer, Medium Chassis Design: 9/79-3/79
            Supervised an engineering design department staff of 24 engineers & designers, with responsibility for administrative & planning activity, production design release and design staff work assignments, including project coordination with other functional engineering groups.
            Senior Engineer, Product Integrity Group: 2/79-10/75
            Responsibilities very similar to "Staff Engineer", Product Integrity as described above; with more emphasis on warranty & vehicle performance claim issues.

            Senior Development & Test Engineer - Road Test Group:  9/75-3/69
            Responsible for supervision, test, development & technical reports for vehicles & vehicle components; including - steering; brakes (air & hyd.); fuel systems; ride & handling; driver controls  &  visibility; steps & handholds; power train performance; FMVSS compliance testing; vehicle durability.

            Design Engineer, Chassis Design: 2/69-6/67
            Performed engineering layout & design of vehicle chassis and component systems, including:  steering, suspension, fuel, exhaust, engine installation & controls, cab & chassis interface and driver control systems. Worked on all International models - light, medium & heavy-duty vehicles.

            Designer, Research & Development: 5/67-9/65

            Performed concept studies, research, design & testing of automotive components including: steering systems, energy absorbing steering columns, engine air pumps (emissions) & driver controls. Engineer - in - Training, Product Engineering: 8/65-9/64
Rotational assignments in various test, design & engineering support groups.

EDUCATION: 1964  Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering, Trine University, Angola, IN (formerly Tri-State University; Angola, IN.)

2011    Associate Member, American Academy of Forensic Sciences
2008-2010 / 2011-12  Chair, NSPE Board of Ethical Review
2007-09  Member, Board of Directors, National Society of Professional Engineers
2005-06  President, Indiana Society of Professional Engineers
1991   Commercial Driver's License, Class "A"
1978   Licensed Professional Engineer, Indiana
1978   Member --  National Society of Professional Engineers, and Indiana Society of PE’s
1964   Member --  Society of Automotive Engineers


1999    SAE 1999-01-3764 “Steering Performance Evaluation – Heavy Duty Highway Tractor Wander Test”,  Edward M. DeWitt, Michael L. Shirley & Max L. Pace – Navistar International


            3-07     US # 7,188,011 B2 “Automotive Braking-Enhanced Steering System”, Christopher Pardue and Michael Shirley – Navistar International
            In addition to the following itemized seminars, an ongoing practice of continuing education training sessions and seminars related to areas of engineering practice, business and ethics has been maintained.
            2010-2012       Panelist, NSPE ‘Ethics Forum’ Webinars
            3-90     Failure Mode Effect Analysis, Project Workshop; Navistar International
            2-88    Accident Reconstruction Seminar, Advanced Techniques; 40 hours with staff from Northwestern University Traffic Institute; Evanston, Illinois @ Ft. Wayne, In.
            7-86    Engineering Mechanics of Heavy Duty Trucks;  3.5 C.E.U. (40 - hours); University of Michigan; Ann Arbor, Mi.
            7-79    Accident Reconstruction Seminar;  40 - hours working instruction & applications with Mr. J. Stannard Baker; Northwestern Univ., Traffic Institute @ Ft Wayne, In.
            3-79     Failure Analysis of Metallic Components;  20 hr. seminar; Mr. Donald J. Wulpi; ASM

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