BIO: Dr GEORGE RECHNITZER

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Positions:

Principal Engineer, Director, George Rechnitzer & Associates Pty Ltd.

Expertise:

Forensic & Safety Engineering, Road Safety & Workplace Safety, Accident Investigation & Collision Reconstruction, Expert Reports & Litigation Support.

Qualifications:

B.Eng., M.Eng.Sci., PhD, MIEAust., CPEng., FSIA, MSAEA

Overview:

George Rechnitzer & Associates Pty Ltd, was founded as an independent consultancy in forensic and safety engineering in 1989.

 

Dr Rechnitzer is a Professional Engineer and has provided expert evidence for litigation cases in hundreds of cases in Australia since 1989, and over 30 cases in the USA from 1995 to 2008, and has provided expert evidence in major courts both in the USA and Australia.

In April 2012, Dr Rechnitzer received the title Adjunct Associate Professor in the Transport and Road Safety Research (TARS), Faculty of Science, University of NSW. This is an honorary position and involves contributing to the academic and research activities of TARS. Dr Rechnitzer is Project Manager for the Quad Bike Performance project at TARS, which is a major safety project funded by WorkCover NSW, and led by Professor Grzebieta from TARS.

In 2012 Dr Rechnitzer had a fractional appointment in that year, as Associate Professor, Course Co-Coordinator – Road Accident Investigation Courses, School of Health & Human Services Faculty of Sciences, Engineering & Health, CQ University, Rockhampton, Queensland. Dr Rechnitzer completed lecturing activities for this course in April 2013. The two new courses started in 2012 at CQU on Accident Forensics (undergraduate degree) and Accident Investigation – (Specialization) Master’s Degree.

From 2002 until April 2011  Dr Rechnitzer was a founding member and Director of Delta- V Experts. Dr Rechnitzer has no further association with Delta V Experts.

From 2004 to 2008, he has provided expert consulting services on vehicle rollover cases to Xprts LLC, in the USA.

From August 1990 to January 2003, Dr Rechnitzer was a Senior Research Fellow at Monash University Accident Research Center (MUARC).

Dr Rechnitzer’s major specialization has concerned the application of the engineering sciences to safety in many areas ranging from transport through to occupational health and safety in the workplace.

Dr Rechnitzer has conducted extensive work in road safety, crash worthiness (cars, trains, trucks and other mobile equipment), occupational health and safety, accident and incident investigation, analysis and countermeasure development for injury prevention. Dr Rechnitzer has carried out a number of in-depth investigations for the State Coroner of Victoria, as well as consultancies on vehicle safety-related projects for BHP, Australia Post, SECV and the Australian Industrial Relations Commission. He has also carried out major projects for Victoria Police, Australian Defense Department, VicRoads, Federal Office of Road Safety, Telstra, Victorian Work Cover Authority, and Australia Post, amongst many others. Projects have included vehicle, heavy vehicle and forklift safety; vehicle rollover; and transport and construction industry safety.

Prior to joining MUARC in 1990, Dr Rechnitzer’s experience included more than twenty years as a structural design engineer with major consulting engineering groups, working on large engineering projects involving the investigation, analysis, design and construction of a variety of structures and facilities.

Dr Rechnitzer’s work has been published extensively with over 100 publications, including contributing chapters in books relating to traffic accidents, accident investigation and reconstruction. He has made presentations at over 70 conferences and seminars, both nationally and at international forums.

Dr Rechnitzer graduated in 1971 from Monash University with a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil, Hons), a Master Engineering Science degree from Melbourne University in 1979 and in 2003 was awarded the degree Doctor of Philosophy from Monash University. Dr Rechnitzer has also attended a number of specialist courses relating to Injury Research and Prevention, Crash Analysis and Reconstruction, Bio-mechanics of Impact Injury. In 2004, Dr Rechnitzer was awarded the 2003 Warren Medal by the Institution of Engineers Australia, as co-author of the papers “Crash worthiness Systems – A Paradigm Shift in Road Safety Design“, Parts I and II.

Dr Rechnitzer is a Member of the Institution of Engineers Australia, Member of the Society of Automotive Engineers, a Fellow of the Safety Institute of Australia and Chair of the SIA’s National Technical Panel from 2009-2011; and a member of the Victorian Transport Associations’ On Road Operators’ Group until 2012.

Dr Rechnitzer has over 40 years of professional engineering experience, academic and research expertise, as well as extensive industry affiliations both nationally and internationally.