Mr. Kodiak Brush is an engineer in training in MEA Forensic’s Collision Reconstruction group. While supporting the firm’s senior engineers in Los Angeles, he assists with documenting and interpreting crash evidence.

Kodiak holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. While at MIT, he built self-folding origami robots, worked as a classical mechanics teaching assistant, and played middle linebacker on MIT’s football team. He also completed an internship with Ford Motor Company.

Reconstructing accidents is a multi-step process. “We start by taking in all the evidence that we can,” says Kodiak. “Usually that consists of inspecting the subject vehicles, inspecting the scene, and reviewing the police report and all available witness statements. We then perform our analysis and report our findings, detailing what the physical evidence points to.” Kodiak performs momentum and crush energy analyses to reconstruct accidents based upon damage sustained by the vehicles and physical evidence left at the scene. He also downloads data from vehicle event data recorders (EDRs — often referred to as ‘black boxes’) to determine what was going on with a vehicle in the seconds leading up to an impact. He then makes use of collision and trajectory software to build a simulation that brings together his findings.

education

  1. Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, 2017.

professional status

  1. Engineer-in-Training, California Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists, State of California, since 2018. License 163911.

Professional Experience

  1. MEA Forensic Engineers & Scientists
    Engineer in Training, November 2017 to Present

    Assists with technical investigations involving motor vehicle accidents, including the determination of collision severity, collision sequence, occupant kinematics, seat belt use and effectiveness, vehicle speed, and causes of mechanical failure.

  2. Ford Motor Company
    Thermal Systems Engineering Summer Intern, Summer 2016

    Assisted in gathering and reporting test data to update vehicle thermal test requirements. Wrote scripts to automate data sifting and report generation processes.

Teaching Experience

  1. Classical Mechanics
    Teaching Assistant, February 2014 to December 2014

    Assisted students in learning new physics concepts and guided them through group problems. Attended and participated in staff meetings to discuss strategies to enhance student learning.

Research Activities

  1. MIT: Digital Structures Research Group
    Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program, Spring 2017

    Designed and built a test bench for measuring hotend extruder performance. Developed a new hotend for use in robotic 3D printing, conforming to compact geometric constraints.

  2. MIT: Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab
    Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program, Summer 2015

    Developed new applications and designs for self-folding origami robots. Designed and built a modular test platform for electromagnetically controlled robots.

Awards

  1. MIT Mechanical Engineering Departmental Award: Whitelaw Prize – Originality in Robot Design 2015

Training & Professional Development

  1. May 1-4, 2018 – MEA Forensic Technical Summit, Dana Point, CA.
  2. February 14, 2018 – Rail Safety Training Course, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transport Authority, Los Angeles, CA.
  3. January 23-26, 2018 – PC-Crash live training: Essentials and Advanced, Irvine, CA.
  4. January 15-19, 2018 – EDC Reconstruction: EDCRASH Training Course, Burbank, CA.