Innovators Research, Inc.
Michael L. Shirley, PE
Athena Research & Consulting LLC
Shelton Investigations, LLC
American Academy of Forensic Sciences
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
- 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
- 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.)
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
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
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