Mr. Troy Mithrush is a project engineer in the Collision Reconstruction group and works in MEA Forensic’s Vancouver office. Troy investigates crashes involving a variety of vehicles and issues. Using engineering principles to interpret and analyze physical evidence, he can determine crash severity, vehicle speeds, occupant dynamics, seatbelt use and opportunities for drivers to avoid a collision.

Troy has a Bachelors degree in Aerospace Engineering from Carleton University and a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of British Columbia. During his Master’s degree, he analyzed high-speed video to explore how wood fibers move in a pulp refiner. Lessons he learned from this experience apply to his work at MEA. As he points out: “Our investigations are essentially individual research projects.”

Troy regularly downloads crash data from cars after a collision. This “black box” data can provide information about what the driver and vehicle were doing seconds before a collision. Heavy-trucks store data differently from cars and it can be more challenging to obtain. Troy is specially trained in how to download and interpret heavy-truck data.

Troy provides a thorough and unbiased analysis of each case. “My conclusions are always based on my assessment of the evidence,” he says. He continues to be motivated by his desire to find out what happened, satisfying both his clients’ need for clear answers and his own professional curiosity.

education

  1. Master of Applied Science, Mechanical Engineering, University of British Columbia, 2014.
  2. Bachelor of Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Carlton University, 2011.

professional status

  1. Professional Engineer, Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia, April 2018.

Professional Experience

  1. MEA Forensic Engineers & Scientists
    Project Engineer, 2016 to present

    Professional Engineer performing technical investigations primarily in motor vehicle collision reconstruction. Investigations comprise the determination of vehicle speed, collision severity, collision sequence, occupant dynamics, seatbelt use and effectiveness, and causes of mechanical failure.

  2. ZincNyx Energy Solutions
    Systems and Mechanical Engineer, 2014 to 2016

    Worked in various aspects of the workplace performing tasks in systems engineering, mechanical engineering and project management. Responsible for tasks including subsystem integration design and testing, defining of performance and interface requirements, developing analytical simulation models, creating engineering drawings, developing project schedules and coordinating an engineering team.

  3. University of British Columbia
    Research Engineer, February 2014 to August 2014

    Completed a research project funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council. Performed computational fluid dynamics studies to develop efficient fuel cells and facilitate an in-depth understanding of particle-laden flow phenomena.

  4. Canfor Pulp Innovation
    Industrial Controls Engineer, July 2013 to November 2013

    Brought to completion, from planning to deployment, a project to develop an automated data acquisition and control system for a pilot-scale pulp digester.

  5. University of British Columbia
    Graduate Research Assistant, September 2011 to November 2013

    Performed project planning, mechanical design, fluid mechanics and technical communication. The purpose of this research was to experimentally investigate the fluid flow in low consistency pulp refiners. Was responsible for managing the project, devising design requirements, designing the test apparatus and methods, and performing advanced data analysis.

  6. GasTOPS Ltd.
    Controls and Simulation Junior Engineer, May 2009 to August 2011

    Worked in the Analysis, Modelling and Simulation Group in the field of machinery performance monitoring and propulsion control system design. Projects included development and validation of simulation models of gas turbines, diesel engines, and other components of propulsion systems for the purposes of performance analysis, condition assessment and control system design.

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

Training & Professional Development

  1. August 2019 – SOAR Technical Reconstruction of Heavy Truck Crashes, Denver, CO.
  2. August 2019 – PC-Crash Live Training, New Features in 12.0, Seattle, WA.
  3. April 9-11, 2019 – Society of Automotive Engineers World Congress, Detroit, MI.
  4. January 2018 – ICBC Certified Airbrake Endorsement Course, Burnaby, BC.
  5. September 2017 – PC-Crash Live Training, New Features in 11.0, Richmond, BC.
  6. May 2017 – SAE Accessing and Interpreting Heavy Vehicle Event Data Recorders, Appleton, WI.
  7. May 2017 – InputAce Digital Multimedia Workflow and Video Analysis, Surrey, BC.
  8. December 2016 – Heavy Vehicle Communication Protocols and Programming, Camarilo, CA.
  9. August 2016 – PC-Crash Live Training, New Features in 10.2, Richmond, BC.
  10. May 2016 – PC-Crash Essentials Training, Richmond, BC.