Mr. Thomas Flynn is a project engineer and a member of MEA Forensic’s Collision Reconstruction group. He has conducted close to 300 technical investigations of accidents involving pedestrians, bicycles, and motor vehicles including heavy-trucks, ATVs, and snowmobiles. Collision severity, occupant movement, seat belt use and effectiveness, vehicle speed, pre-collision dynamics, and causes of mechanical failure are typical areas of focus for him. Tom has been registered as a professional engineer in Ontario since 2015.

Tom holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Engineering, Mathematics, and Rehabilitation Science from Queen’s University; his Master’s degree involved building a computational model of forces and moments in the lower limbs. His background in engineering, mathematics, and modeling help him interpret traditional crash evidence like vehicle damage and tire marks on the road. Increasingly, crash investigations involve a new kind of evidence: event data downloaded from cars. Tom is involved in MEA’s research into the accuracy and limitations of this black box data and has also been trained in how to download and analyze data from heavy trucks and buses.

Advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) like auto-braking, lane keeping and adaptive cruise control will change the way engineers approach accident investigations. Tom has published peer-reviewed studies on auto-braking. “ADAS are becoming more and more common. They change some of our fundamental assumptions, and will generate new questions about who is responsible for a crash.”

areas of specialization

  1. Collision reconstruction
  2. "Black box" crash data records
  3. Seat belt investigation
  4. Slips, trips, and falls

education

  1. Masters of Science, Rehabilitation Science, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, 2010-2012.
  2. Bachelor of Science Engineering, Mathematics and Engineering, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, 2004-2008.

professional status

  1. Professional Engineer, Professional Engineers Ontario, since 2013.

Professional Experience

  1. MEA Forensic engineers & Scientists
    Project Engineer, 2012 to present

    Assists with technical investigations of motor vehicle accidents including determining collision severity, collision sequence, occupant kinematics, seatbelt use and effectiveness, vehicle speed and causes of mechanical failure.

  2. Human Performance Laboratory, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON
    Research Assistant, 2010 to 2012

    Developed, coded, and tested software for measuring neck strength in a paediatric population to study the effects of muscle strengthening programs. Processed the results of several subjects for analysis and future publication.

  3. School of Rehabilitation Therapy, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON
    Teaching Assistant, 2011 to 2012

    Lectured on the topic of Ergonomics and Biomechanical Analysis to physiotherapy and occupational therapy graduate students.

  4. Vorum Research Corporation, Vancouver, BC
    Biomedical Product Support Engineer, 2008 to 2010

    Provided remote and on-site product support for medical device manufacturing hardware and software. Performed quality control on existing products and conducted research into novel methods, materials, and equipment.

  5. Self-Employed
    Software Engineer, 2008 to 2010

    Developed patient-tracking and statistical analysis software for Canadian fertility clinics.

  6. Digital Ergonomics & Shoulder Evaluation Laboratory, Unviversity of Waterloo, ON
    Research Assistant, 2006 to 2008

    Created a graphical user interface for providing an ergonomic and biomechanical assessment of manual tasks in the workplace. Optimized existing code for ease of use and computational efficiency.

Awards

  1. NSERC CREATE Scholarship for Bone & Joint Health Technology, $32,000.

research publications

This list is a selection of publications authored by this expert. For a more complete list, please contact their project coordinator.

Lectures & Presentations

  1. June 2012 –Development and Implementation of an Optimization-Based Modeling of Weight-Bearing Loads on the Knee Joint in Paediatrics. Canadian Medical and Biological Engineering Conference, Halifax, NS.
  2. July 2011 – Computational Modeling of the Weight-Bearing Joint Contact Forces at the Knee, Canadian Physiotherapy Association Congress, Whistler, BC.
  3. March 2011 – An Optimization Based Kinetic Lower Limb Model and its Application to Understanding the Development of Articular Knee Cartilage, Queen’s University School of Rehabilitation Therapy Seminar Series, Kingston, ON.

Training & Professional Development

  1. November 10, 2017 – ADAS Application: Automatic Emergency Braking, Troy, MI.
  2. November 8-9, 2017 – Introduction to Highly Automated Vehicles, Troy, MI.
  3. October 13-16, 2015 – Access and Interpreting Heavy Vehicle Event Data Recorders, Oxnard, CA.
  4. July 6, 2015 – Building Code Overview, Ontario Society of Professional Engineers, Mississauga, ON.
  5. February 4, 2015 – Forensic Infotainment Analysis, NYSTARS, Yorktown Heights, NY.
  6. April 8-10, 2014 – Society of Automotive Engineers World Congress, Detroit, MI.
  7. April 7-8, 2014 – Introduction to Brake Control Systems: ABS, TCS, and ESC, Detroit, MI.
  8. June 2013 – CDR Systems Operators and CDR Analysis and Applications Course, Winnipeg, MB.
  9. May 2013 – PC-Crash Animations II Online Workshop
  10. May 2013 – PC-Crash Animations I Online Workshop
  11. November 2012 – PC-Crash Expert Online Workshop
  12. November 2012 – PC-Crash Essentials Online Workshop