Ms. Janice Lee is a member of MEA Forensic’s Collision Reconstruction group in the Vancouver office. As an engineer-in-training, Janice works with the firm’s senior engineers to answer clients’ questions about vehicle accidents. She has worked on a wide variety of cases and investigated issues such as speed, vehicle dynamics, impact severity, driver behavior, and night-time visibility.

At the start of an investigation, there is evidence to be documented. Janice uses a 3D scanner to take measurements of accident locations and crashed cars and she uses a crash data retrieval system to download “black box” crash data from cars. This information—recorded by the airbag control module—can provide key insights into the moments before a crash. “We may find a record of speed, steering, gas pedal and braking for 5-seconds before the crash,” says Janice.

Janice holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical engineering with a Biomedical Specialization. She continues to learn at MEA. “It is an industry that is constantly evolving, especially with the technological advancements in the automotive industry,” she says.

education

  1. Bachelor of Applied Science, Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Option, University of British Columbia, 2015

professional status

  1. Engineer in Training, Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia, 2015.

Professional Experience

  1. MEA Forensic Engineers & Scientists
    Junior Engineer, November 2015 to Present

    Assists with technical investigations involving motor vehicle accident reconstruction. Case analysis includes collision severity assessment, collision sequence, occupant kinematics, seatbelt use and effectiveness, vehicle speed, vehicle dynamics, and accident avoidance potential.

  2. Eastman Kodak, Burnaby, BC
    Mechanical Engineering Co-op, January 2014 – August 2014

    Programmed software and developed user interfaces for electronic and mechanical production equipment. Tested and analyzed resistors for temperature measurement. Performed reliability, repeatability and validation tests.

  3. Canfor Pulp, Ltd. Partnership, Burnaby, BC
    Mechanical Engineering Co-op, September 2012 – December 2012

    Tested pulp mill samples to determine mechanical properties. Analyzed the effects of adding ozone to the chemical pulp process.

  4. Haakon Industries, Richmond, BC
    Mechanical Engineering Co-op, May 2012 – August 2012

    Designed seismic restraints for rooftop equipment using finite element analysis. Analyzed and simulated stress and strain to improve strength. Created software to assist with assembling 3D models of custom parts.

Awards

  1. Graduation Standing with Distinction, University of British Columbia, May 2015
  2. Dean’s Honour List, University of British Columbia, 2014
  3. Dean’s Honour List, University of British Columbia, 2013
  4. Dean’s Honour List, University of British Columbia, 2012
  5. UBC President’s Entrance Scholarship, University of British Columbia, 2010
  6. Provincial Scholarship Award, BC Ministry of Education, 2010

research publications

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Training & Professional Development

  1. June 2018 – CATAIR Crash Data Retrieval (CDR) Operators & Analysis Course, Whitby, ON.
  2. November 2015 – PC-Crash 10.1 Essentials Online Workshop.