Christopher Brignola


Christopher J. Brignola, MSME
PE Mechanical Engineer M34575
Cbrignola@vglabs.com


TECHNICAL AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION:
• Mechanical Failure Analysis
• Fire and Explosion Analysis
• Electrical and Gas Appliance Fire Analysis
• Water System Component Failure Analysis
• Accident Reconstruction
• Vehicle Systems Analysis
• Tire Failure Analysis

EDUCATION:
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Materials Specialization
California State University, Long Beach (2013)

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Drexel University (2004)

ADDITIONAL TRAINING:
NFPA 921 Fire and Explosion Investigations (2011)
ASM Interpretation of Microstructures (2010)
PC-Crash Advanced Training Workshop (2010)
PhotoModeler Training Workshop (2009)

REGISTRATION:
Professional Engineer License California No. M34575 (Mechanical)
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:
Staff Engineer, Vollmer-Gray Engineering Laboratories, Inc. (September 2004 to present). Mechanical and materials failure analysis, accident reconstruction, vehicle systems analysis, tire failure analysis, fire and explosion analysis, electrical and gas appliance fire analysis, and water system component failure analysis.

Rail Vehicle Engineer, STV Incorporated (September 2002 to March 2003). Provided on-board technical support for NJ Transit ALP-46 AC Electric Locomotive, developed and conducted load-leveling tilt tests on NJ Transit Coach Cars, interacted with clients and suppliers to produce contractual engineering documents, creation of databases and automatic updating of spreadsheets.

Junior Engineer, Body Design, Honda R & D of Americas, Inc. (September 2001 to March 2002). Redesigned front fender attachment of the 2002 Honda Accord, Acura TL and Acura CL to fulfill design and manufacturing requirements and eliminate unwanted noise in production models, modified 3D models of structural automotive stamped sheet metal parts, assisted teams of engineers to ensure manufacturability of parts.

Engineering Services Engineer, Southco, Inc. (September 2000 to March 2001). Generated 3D models and drawings of latches and access hardware, prepared product revision notices for updating tooling and manufacturing processes.

Project Engineer, Neshaminy Constructors, Inc. (July 2000 to September 2000). AutoCAD drawing revisions, prepared job site for construction.

CERTIFICATIONS:
Motorcycle Safety Foundation Rider Course (2007)
Manufacturing Quality Assurance (2004)
PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:
American Society of Metals
National Fire Protection Association
California Conference of Arson Investigators
American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Inc.
Society of Automotive Engineers
Tire Industry Association
Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honors Society

PUBLICATIONS:
“Filament Analysis of Light Bulbs,” Collision, The International Compendium for Crash Research, Volume 5 Issue 2, Collision Publishing, 2010

PRESENTATIONS:
Accident Reconstruction and Biomechanics of Injury, Allstate Insurance, Torrance, CA, November 11, 2012
Accident Reconstruction and Biomechanics of Injury, Wesierski & Zurek LLP, Los Angeles, CA, September 11, 2012
Accident Reconstruction and Biomechanics of Injury, Allstate Insurance, Diamond Bar, CA, May 9, 2012
Accident Reconstruction And Biomechanical Analysis, Pi Tau Sigma Mechanical Engineering Honors Society, California State University,
Long Beach, CA, March 17, 2011
Light Bulb Filament Analysis, ARC-CSI Crash Conference, Las Vegas, NV, May 26, 2010
Accident Reconstruction Methods, Automobile Club of Southern California, Diamond Bar, CA, November 13, 2008
Vehicle System and Controls, Automobile Club of Southern California, Long Beach, CA, June 20, 2007
Biomechanics of Automotive Injury, 21st Century Insurance Company, Long Beach, CA, June 14, 2007
Damage Analysis, Automobile Club of Southern California, Arcadia & Diamond Bar, CA, March 23, 2007
Injury Mechanisms and the Role of Head Restraints in Low Speed Impact, Allstate Insurance, Torrance, CA, October 17, 2006
Injury Mechanisms of Low Speed Impact, Automobile Club of Southern California, Riverside, CA, September 27, 2006
Vehicle Systems and Controls, Automobile Club of Southern California, Arcadia, CA, July 26, 2006
Multi-vehicle Collision Reconstruction and Biomechanical Analysis, Automobile Club of Southern California, Diamond Bar, CA, July 21, 2006
Vehicular Loss of Control, Automobile Club of Southern California, Diamond Bar, CA, July 21, 2006