Home
My CV
Case Studies
Contact Us


iri
Innovators Research, Inc.
Michael L. Shirley, PE

mshirley@centurylink.net
PHONE: 260-348-1374
FAX: 260-281-2940


Society of Automotive Engineers


National Society of Professional Engineers


Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations


Athena Research & Consulting LLC


Shelton Investigations, LLC


American Academy of Forensic Sciences

 

                                                              Michael L. Shirley, PE, F.NSPE

Innovators Research, Inc.
December 2012 -- CV

Download in PDF Format Click HERE

2290 CR 23
Waterloo, IN 46793-9415
Office & Fax: 260-281-2940
Cell: 260-348-1374

e-mail:  mshirley@centurylink.net

  • INNOVATORS RESEARCH, INC.
    (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.

SAGINAW STEERING GEAR DIVISION, G.M.C. - Saginaw, MI.
            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.)

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATION:
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

 

PUBLICATIONS:
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

PATENTS:

            3-07     US # 7,188,011 B2 “Automotive Braking-Enhanced Steering System”, Christopher Pardue and Michael Shirley – Navistar International
SEMINARS & TRAINING:
            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

For more information call 260-348-1374