Mr. Dwayne Toscano is a part of MEA’s Failure Analysis group in Vancouver, investigating the role of defects and mechanical failures in a variety of cases. He is also an experienced collision reconstruction engineer, and has worked on accidents involving vehicle dynamics, vehicle-to-vehicle impacts and pedestrian impacts.

Dwayne is a registered professional engineer with Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia. He holds a Master’s degree in Applied Science from the University of Waterloo and a Bachelor’s of Applied Science and Engineering from the University of Toronto. Prior to joining MEA, Dwayne worked as a collision reconstruction engineer focused on mechanical assessments, vehicle teardowns, and EDR data analysis. “I was specializing in mechanical failures, so I decided to go back to school to gain a better understanding of the nature and causes for unexpected failures”, he recalls of the time he made the decision to pursue a Master’s degree.

He spent the following years in the University of Waterloo’s research lab, studying the loading behavior of next-generation materials in fatigue-critical automotive applications – he has published 6 peer-reviewed papers based on his work.

“I constantly seek to understand the world around me,” explains Dwayne. “Learning is a passion, it has led me to become a forensic engineer and a researcher, and is still my driving force. As each MEA file brings a new challenge, I see them as opportunities to test, learn and grow. I am inspired by the possibility that our work and our research could uncover new ways to improve automotive safety.”


  1. Master of Applied Science, Mechanical Engineering, University of Waterloo, ON, 2018
  2. Bachelor of Applied Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, University of Toronto, ON, 2013

professional status

  1. Registered Professional Engineer, Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia, 2020
  2. Crash Data Retrieval Technician
  3. EDR Analyst
  4. LEAN Six Sigma Green Belt

professional associations

  1. Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), since 2020

Professional Experience

  1. MEA Forensic Engineers and Scientists
    Junior Engineer, 2019 to present

    Conducts technical investigations involving motor vehicle accidents including the determination of collision severity, collision sequence, vehicle speed and avoidance. Assists with failure analyses of automotive components, codes and standards compliance, experimentation to evaluate hypotheses for failed systems and components, fractography and corrosion analyses.

  2. University of Waterloo, Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance
    Research Associate, 2018-2019

    Developed a FE model of Flow Drill Screw (FDS) joints for body-in-white (BIW) simulations to be used with RUPP approach for fatigue life predictions of joined components.

  3. University of Waterloo, Ford Motor Company, Multimatic Inc.
    MASc Researcher, 2015-2018

    Characterized the quasi-static and cyclic behaviour of AZ31B Mg alloy for use in a fatigue-critical front lower control arm (FLCA) for a high-volume passenger vehicle. The aim of this research was to achieve lower curb weight and therefore improved fuel economy.

  4. Kodsi Forensic Engineering
    Crash Reconstructionist, 2013-2015

    Analyzed single/multi- vehicle collisions, pedestrian impacts, visibility assessments and mechanical failures. Performed 300+ MVA investigations, 120+ vehicle examinations including EDR imaging and 30+ mechanical inspections. Executed complex multi-vehicle simulations using PC-Crash along with EDR data analyses to quantify the avoidability of a collision for the involved parties. Conducted advanced investigations using SEM and chemical analysis on components of interest including: wheels, tie-rods and master cylinders. Drafted engineering reports on findings along with rebuttals of other expert reports. Served as an in-court technical advisor in a criminal litigation case.

  5. Kraft Foods Inc. / Mondelez International
    Engineering Intern, 2011-2012

    Responsible for reducing material usage and improving packaging efficiency: developed packaging prototypes to test the feasibility of proposed changes versus current packaging; conducted load analysis for pallet-scale shipping units to identify possible issues associated with overloading or buckling during warehousing; performed small-scale CCD experiments to determine optimal settings for test variables such as film thickness, dwell time and sealing temperature. The optimal results from the small scale tests were taken to full-scale production tests including pilot runs.


  1. Ontario Graduate Scholarship, 2017 
  2. President’s Graduate Scholarship, 2017
  3. Paul Niessen-Teck Award, 2017

Training & Professional Development

  1. May 2020 – X-Ray Fluorescence Operator – Level 1, Natural Resources Canada, Vancouver, BC.
  2. August 2019 – PC Crash 12.0, MEA Forensic, Seattle, WA.
  3. June 2019 – CDR Operator Certification, Collision Safety Institute, Everett, WA.