Timothy M. Hicks, P.E.

Mechanical Engineering

Mr. Hicks performs investigations and failure analysis from a mechanical engineering perspective. His projects have involved accident investigation and reconstruction, product liability, intellectual property, design analysis, manufacturing, fire cause and origin, testing, and project management. His vehicle experience includes commercial vehicles, automobiles, RVs, buses, railroad, agricultural, and construction equipment. He has had non-vehicle related projects involving medical, athletic, and wheelchair accessibility equipment, forklifts, automated entry doors, elevators, wind energy systems, lawn equipment, bicycles, plumbing, consumer products, firearm accidents, and other mechanical systems. Additionally, he has investigated product packaging failures, aerosol dispenser failures involving impact, projectile and temperature/pressure studies, mechanical design, and systems modeling. Mr. Hicks also leads our firearm and firearm safety device certification testing.


  • Industrial Equipment Accident Investigation
  • Design Assessment
  • Failure Analysis
  • Product Liability
  • Product Testing
  • Vehicle Handling
  • Accident Reconstruction
  • Accident Simulation
  • Crash Data Recovery and Analysis (black box)
  • Scene Documentation
  • Patent Infringement and Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Manufacturing Systems and Equipment
  • Chassis and Suspensions
  • Axles and Steering Systems
  • Brake Systems, Wheels and Tires
  • Body Structure
  • Heavy trucks, automotive, and mining equipment
  • Automated entry door systems
  • Aerosol Can Analysis and Testing
  • Firearms and Firearm Safety Device Testing


  • M.S. Engineering Sciences, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, 1997
  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI, 1983

Professional Affiliations

  • Professional Engineer, State of Illinois (License No.: 062-064524)
  • Professional Engineer, State of Michigan (License No.: 6201059697)
  • Professional Engineer, State of South Carolina (License No.: 30197)
  • Professional Engineer, State of Texas (License No.: 131428)
  • Professional Engineer, State of Wisconsin (License No.:  47825 - 6)
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), Chairman of Chicago Section
  • Crash Data Collection and Archiving Standards Committee (SAE Intl)
  • National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE)
  • National Safety Council (NSC) Transportation Division

Continuing Education

  • Reliability Forecasting (1988)
  • Vehicle Dynamics (1990)
  • Limit Handling (1994)
  • Commercial Tire Dynamics (2009)
  • Traffic Accident Reconstruction Methods (2010)
  • Vehicle Crash Data Retrieval Data Analyst (2013)
  • Vehicle Dynamics Basics for Off-Highway Trucks (2014)
  • Reconstruction and Analysis of Motorcycle Crashes, SAE (2015)
  • Operator Safety Training Program – Forklift Class IV and V, OSHA (2020)
  • Crash Investigation and Reconstruction Aerial Photogrammetrist (2017)