Mr. Mike Yang is an engineer-in-training and a member of MEA Forensic’s Collision Reconstruction group in Vancouver. He works with the firm’s senior engineers to investigate a wide variety of issues in accidents involving cars, motorcycles, vehicles of all kinds.

Mike has a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of British Columbia and a Master’s Degree in Biomedical Engineering from Imperial College London. For his Master’s thesis, he tested the ropes and harnesses used by rock climbers. He found that because these safety systems are designed for adults, when children fell they actually experience a larger jolt to the spine.

Mike applies a variety of tools and techniques to reconstruct an accident, including video analysis and “black box” crash data. To correctly calculate speed from video evidence Mike accounts for lens distortion and variable frame rates. Crash and event data downloaded from the “black boxes” in most modern cars can be the key to unlocking a case. But the data has limitations and its reliability and accuracy need to be assessed. Mike is involved in studying how event data can be used in computer simulation software to predict the path followed by a car in the moments leading up to a crash. He has also been involved in the firm’s research into Toyota’s auto-braking system. “I like to get to the bottom of things,” he says.

education

  1. Master of Biomedical Engineering (Biomechanics Option), Imperial College London, 2014.
  2. Bachelor of Applied Science, Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Option, University of British Columbia, 2013.

professional status

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

Professional Experience

  1. MEA Forensic Engineers & Scientists
    Engineer in Training, 2015 to present

    Conducts technical investigations involving motor vehicle accidents including the determination of collision severity, collision sequence, occupant dynamics, seat belt use and effectiveness, and vehicle speed.

  2. Sorin Group Canada, Ltd.
    Mechanical Engineer, November 2014 to April 2015
    Product Design Co-op, January 2012 to August 2012

    Designed, assembled, and validated from beginning to end a machine used to test integrity and conformity of artificial heart valves. Redesigned critical components of currently used manufacturing machinery to ensure reliability and compliance. Gained extensive experience in the design and approval process as it relates to the biomedical sector. Utilized Pro/Engineer for the creation and manipulation of drawings and models as well as utilized NI LabVIEW to automate data acquisition processes.

  3. Lyndex-Nikken
    Contractor, December 2010 to September 2011

    Responsible for manipulating and converting tool drawings between SolidWorks and AutoCAD formats. Created solid models of tools bodies from 2D projections. Worked independently to deliver drawings in a timely manner.

  4. Zodiac Hurricane Technologies, Ltd.
    Student Engineer/Draftsperson, April to August 2011

    Designed and sized components for Zodiac military boats with aid of supervising engineers. Produced construction and assembly drawings based on design specifications. Gained in-depth knowledge of engineering design processes as it relates to naval architecture. Utilized SolidWorks and AutoCAD to design various vessel components. Conducted various mandatory engineering tests such as weight analysis, centre of mass calculations, and fuel tank calibrations.

  5. Asco Aerospace Canada, Ltd.
    Machining Technology Development, September to December 2010

    Responsible for the management of a database that houses vital information such as tool dimensions, interfaces, and programming parameters, on all manufacturing tools used at ASCO. Expanded knowledge of industrial tools in the aerospace manufacturing industry. Worked closely with programmers and shop personnel to ensure the accuracy of each tool in the database.

  6. University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC
    Special Projects Assistant, Mechanical Engineering, May to August 2010

    Assisted a professor in writing and publishing a textbook on mechanical design. Worked with professors and machine shop technical staff to redesign and build physics experiments to be used by students throughout the year. Redesigned the safety orientation component of a course by adhering to strict standards such as the WorkSafeBC Occupational Health and Safety Regulations and the CSA Standards.

Awards

  1. Letson Prize (Top Student in the Mechanical Engineering Program), 2013
  2. Undergraduate Academic Achievement Award – Annual, 2010-2011
  3. Trek Excellence Scholarship – Annual (Top 5% of Department), 2009-2010
  4. President’s Entrance Scholarship, 2008

Training & Professional Development

  1. April 10 – 12, 2018 – SAE World Congress Experience 2018
  2. August 21 – 25, 2017 – Pacific Riding School Motorcycle Skills Assessment Course – Surrey, BC
  3. March 24, 2017 – Crash Data Specialists LLC Crash Data Retrieval (CDR) Analysis and Applications Course, Toronto, BC.
  4. July 22, 2015 – PC-Crash 10.1 Seminar, MEA, Vancouver, BC.