Paul Guthorn


Paul S. Guthorn, MSME
PE Mechanical Engineer M28649
PE Metallurgical Engineer MT1845

Pguthorn@vglabs.com


TECHNICAL AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION:
• Mechanical/Metallurgical Failure Analysis
• Vehicle Systems Analysis
• Accident Reconstruction
• Fork Lift, Boom Lift, Scissor Lift Accident Analysis
• Fire Analysis

EDUCATION:
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
California State University, Long Beach (1983)

Bachelor of Science in Materials Science Engineering
Brown University (1979)

Post Graduate Courses and Research
UCLA (1987-1993)

Performance of Vehicles
UCLA (1991)

Fire Analysis and Behavior
UCLA Extension (1991)

ADDITIONAL TRAINING:
Skyjack Scissor Lift Service Training (2009)
JLG Ultra Boom Service Training (2009)
JLG Boom Lift Service Training (2008)
The Role of Warnings & Instructions, University of Wisconsin (2006)
Engineering Dynamics Corporation HVE Forum (2003)
Crash Data Retrieval System Training Course (2001)
Society of Automotive Engineers International Congress: Accident Reconstruction (1998)
Photogrammetry in Accident Reconstruction (1997)
Investigation of Motor Vehicle Fires (1996)
Motorcycle Accident Reconstruction (1996)
Introduction to PC-Crash and PC-Rect (1995)
Heavy Vehicle Rollovers: A Safety Issue Toptec
Society of Automotive Engineers (1993)
Advanced Traffic Accident Reconstruction with the Use of Microcomputers
University of North Florida (1992)

REGISTRATION:
Professional Engineer, California Number MT1845
Professional Engineer, California Number MT28649
Professional Engineer, Alabama Number 27133-E

CERTIFICATION:
Mobile Equipment Trainer
Forklift Operator
Boom Lift Operator
Rough Terrain Lift Truck Operator
Aerial Work Platform Operator

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:
Vice-President, Vollmer-Gray Engineering Laboratories, Inc. (January 2000 to Present); Staff Engineer, Vollmer-Gray Engineering Laboratories (May 1989 to December 1999). Mobile hydraulic equipment, aerial work platform and fork lift accident analysis. Metallurgical and mechanical failure analysis, vehicular systems analysis, accident reconstruction, fire analysis.

Engineer, Fowler, Inc. (November 1986 to May 1989). Failure and fracture analyses of metallic structures, metallographic and fractrographic studies, static and fatigue testing on full-scale structrual components.

Section Manager, Douglas Aircraft Company (April 1985 to October 1986). Managed failure analysis activities for Materials and Process Engineering Department. Immediate supervisor of nine engineers and three laboratory technicians. Provided overall cognizance of all in-service and test failure analysis.

Senior Engineer, Douglas Aircraft Company (September 1979 to March 1985). Failure analyses of DC-8, DC-9 and DC-10 aircraft. Research and development of high strength aluminum alloys and SPF/DB Ti-A1-4V. Design allowable testing for new aluminum alloys. Fracture toughness and crack growth rate testing of aerospace materials. Processing of aluminum alloys, stainless steel alloys, castings, forgings, shot peening, peen forming. Member of AMEC sub-committee on shot peening. On-site surveys of primary and secondary metal producers.

PRESENTATIONS:
Safe Operation of Aerial Lifts – An Important Component of a Safe Jobsite, Aerial Platform Safety Conference, November 2006

Aerial Equipment Accident Investigation, Specialty Risk Services, July 2005

Documentation, Preservation and Interpretation of Physical Evidence in an Accident Investigation, Aerial Platform Safety Conference, Dallas, TX, November 4, 2004

Automotive Systems and Accident Reconstruction, Automobile Club of Southern California, November 16, 2003

Automotive Systems and Accident Reconstruction, 21st Century Insurance, November 20, 2002

Crash Data Retrieval in Accident Reconstruction, Farmers Insurance, February 20, 2002

Investigation of Vehicle Defects, Law Offices of Gilbert, Kelly, Crowley and Jennett, Los Angeles, CA, April 21, 2001

COMMITTEES:
ANSI/SAIA A92 Aerial Platforms
ANSI/SAIA Subcommittees:
A92.3 Manually Propelled Elevating Aerial Platforms
A92.5 Boom-Supported Elevating Aerial Platforms
A92.6 Self-Propelled Elevating Work Platforms
A92.20 Aerial Work Platform Design
A92.22 Aerial Work Platform Safe Use
A92.24 Aerial Work Platform Training
ITSDF B56.6 Rough Terrain Forklift Trucks

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:
ASM International
Society of Automotive Engineers
American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Southwest Assocation of Technical Accident Investigators
Scaffold Industry Association