Mr. Peter Xing is a project engineer and a member of the Collision Reconstruction group in Vancouver. He works closely with the firm’s senior engineers to investigate accidents involving all types of vehicles. Peter often uses computer simulation software to analyze physical evidence and provide a clear picture of what happened.

Peter holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of British Columbia with a specialization in Mechatronics – a combination of mechanical, computer, electrical, and controls engineering. This background, and an enthusiasm for car technology, has led Peter to study the advanced driver assist systems (ADAS) appearing in modern vehicles. He recently ran a series of tests on Toyota’s auto-braking system. While the car stopped short of a target without any driver braking most of the time, it did not always prevent a collision. Understanding how these systems work will ensure that our reconstructions are accurate, and could affect who is liable for a crash.

Peter knows how to download and interpret crash data from modern cars. This data can indicate the severity of the crash, the speed at impact speed, and how the driver used the gas pedal, brakes and steering wheel. There may also be information about speed and route stored in entertainment and navigation systems. Peter has led research studies that quantified the accuracy of the information contained in these “black boxes”.

education

  1. Bachelor of Applied Science, Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics Option (with Distinction), University of British Columbia, 2013.

professional status

  1. Professional Engineer, Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia, 2014.

professional associations

  1. Society of Automotive Engineers, since 2016

Professional Experience

  1. MEA Forensic Engineers & Scientists
    Project Engineer, 2014 to Present

    Conducts 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. Integrally involved in the research performed at MEA, including event data recorders, vehicle infotainment systems and autonomous driving systems.

  2. Co-Op Work Experience
    Robert Bosch GmbH, Stuttgart, Germany
    Reliability and Metrology Engineer, January 2012 to August 2012

    Performed reliability testing of semiconductors for high temperature automotive applications. Programmed in C++ and Lua to perform automated long term stability testing. Created and compared semiconductor materials for automotive sensors. Performed root cause analysis for premature failures and optimized semiconductor design to create automotive sensor.

  3. Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada, Delta, BC
    Manufacturing Engineer, September 2010 to December 2010

    Maintained and exceeded daily quality ratio for production of aluminum wheels. Participated in root cause analysis of manufacturing defects and QC circle for continuous process improvement. Optimized die pre-heat burner design. Used Microsoft Excel and SCADA to manage production data and analyze trends and causality in defects.

  4. UBC – Department of Mechanical Engineering, Vancouver, BC
    Student Researcher, May 2010 to August 2010

    Developed protocol for observational study on head restraint positioning in vehicles. Created custom analysis software in Matlab to analyze data. Kept daily logs and presented monthly progress reports. Coordinated volunteers to conduct study and created custom filtering software in Matlab in accordance to SAE standards for vehicle impact testing.

Awards

  1. Mechanical Engineering Student Leadership Award, 2013
  2. Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate Achievement Award, 2012
  3. Frank Vernon Memorial Scholarship, 2011
  4. Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate Achievement Award, 2011
  5. Trek Excellence Scholarship, 2010
  6. Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate Achievement Award, 2010
  7. Trek Excellence Scholarship, 2009
  8. President’s Entrance Scholarship, 2008
  9. Alexander Rutherford Scholarship, 2008

Lectures & Presentations

  1. May 2017 – Taught PC-Crash Essentials Course, Vancouver, BC

Training & Professional Development

  1. April 10-12, 2018 – WCX 18: SAE World Congress Experience, Society of Automotive Engineers, Detroit, MI
  2. August 24 -28, 2017 – iVe Vehicle Forensics Certification Course, Berla, Vancouver, BC
  3. April 12-14, 2016 – SAE 2016 World Congress, Society of Automotive Engineers, Detroit, MI
  4. April 7-8, 2015 – Crash Data Retrieval Specialist, Collision Safety Institute, Kent, WA.
  5. July 21-24, 2014 – PC-Crash 10.0, MEA, Toronto, ON.