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The Institute of Risk and Safety Analyses employs professional engineers and forensic scientists. Our staff has linguistic skills in several languages including Cantonese, Dutch, Farsi, French, German, Ladino, Mandarin, Spanish, and Taiwanese. In addition, the Institute operates the Laboratory of Risk and Safety Analyses

Ricardo Mejia

KENNETH A. SOLOMON, PH.D., P.E., POST PH.D.

Chief Forenic Scientist

Email Kenneth Solomon kennethsolomon@mac.com
818-348-1133

Our Chief Scientist and Technical Director, Dr. Solomon, retired in December 1998 from the RAND Corporation where he served as a Senior Scientist for over twenty-two years. Dr. Solomon served as a Professor at the RAND Graduate School and as an Adjunct Professor at UCLA, USC, Naval Post-Graduate School, and George Mason University. His areas of expertise include engineering, risk and safety analysis, accident reconstruction, bio-dynamics, and human factors. Dr. Solomon is a Professional Engineer and is a Board Certified Forensic Examiner in Engineering, Technology, and Law Enforcement.


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Ricardo Mejia

Ricardo Mejia, B.S.

Senior Forensic Scientist

Email Ricardo Mejia ricardo@irsa.us
818-226-9974 x6

Mr. Mejia employs the discipline of accident reconstruction to assess alternative designs, and safety practices and procedures as they relate to post-accident evaluation. He has been involved in over 1000 forensic investigations which have included automotive, bicycle, pedestrian, slip-and-fall accidents, and building & safety code violations.

Mr. Mejia also utilizes his skill in creating computer simulations and CAD diagrams. Based on the engineering calculations performed for the accident reconstruction, he formulates computer simulations demonstrating accident reconstruction, biomechanics, and human factors principles.

Bob Malek

Babak "Bob" Malek, B.S., M.S., J.D.

Senior Forensic Scientist

Email Bob Malek bmalek@irsa.us
818-226-9974 x2

Mr. Malek's experience involves working as a forensic scientist on a variety of criminal and civil cases. Mr. Malek applies his knowledge of physics, dynamics, construction safety, quality assurance, strength of materials, risk and safety, and material science to the field of accident reconstruction as it relates to transportation accidents, industrial accidents, criminal incidents and premises liability. For traffic accidents, he uses the problem solving skills that he obtained in his education as an engineer to analyze accidents and to determine information that is vital to the reconstruction of the accident, such as the angle of impact, crush depths, change in velocity, G-forces, speeds of the vehicles involved, and the accelerations and forces experienced as a result of a collision.

For premises liability, he utilizes his knowledge of the CBC, IBC, UBC, ANSI standards, and OSHA standards to determine liability. Mr. Malek employs the discipline of accident reconstruction to assess alternative designs, and safety practices and procedures, as they relate to post-accident evaluation. In doing so, he is able to analyze how, where and why systems fail; the type of failure; and how best to correct or improve upon the system.

Wei-Kuang Chao

Wei-Kuang Chao, B.S., M.S.

Senior Forensic Scientist

Email Wei-Kuang Chao wei@irsa.us
818-226-9974 x5

Mr. Chao specializes in accident reconstruction as it applies to industrial and recreational hazards, transportation accidents, and premises assessments. Critical to the field of traffic-accident investigation, Mr. Chao uses his skills to calculate Angles of Impact, Crush Depths, Delta-V’s, G-Forces, and Speeds of Impact.

Particular to all fields of accident reconstruction, Mr. Chao uses his modeling experience to run photogrammetry software and obtain forensic measurements from photographs. Mr. Chao is also fluent in English and Chinese (Mandarin), and is conversant in Chinese (Cantonese), Japanese, Taiwanese, and Thai.

David Zelman

David Zelman, B.S.

Forensic Scientist

Email David Zelman david@irsa.us
818-226-9974 x4

Mr. Zelman applies his knowledge of physics, dynamics, strength of materials, risk and safety, and material science to the field of accident reconstruction as it relates to transportation accidents and premises liability. For traffic accidents, he uses the problem solving skills that he obtained in his undergraduate years to analyze accidents and to determine information that is vital to the reconstruction of the accident, such as the angle of impact, crush depths, change in velocity, G-forces, speeds of the vehicles involved, and the accelerations and forces experienced as a result of a collision.

Mr. Zelman also uses his skills to do vehicle code research and develop CAD diagrams. For premises liability, he utilizes his knowledge of the UBC, ANSI standards, and OSHA standards to determine liability.

Scott Lee

Scott Lee, B.S.

Forensic Scientist

Email Scott Lee scott.lee@irsa.us
818-226-9974 x7

Mr. Scott Lee earned his Bachelor of Science in Physics from the University of California, Santa Cruz. His area of study included classical mechanics, electromagnetism, quantum mechanics, computer-aided design, and object oriented programming. He applies his knowledge of physics to the field of accident reconstruction as it relates to transportation accidents and premises liability.

Mr. Lee wrote his undergraduate thesis on the efficiency of the human body under weight-bearing loads. His research helps him perform biomechanical analyses in accident reconstruction.

Anne Yatco

Anne Yatco, B.S., M.F.A.

Senior Forensic Scientist

Email Anne Yatco anne@irsa.us
818-226-9974 x3

Ms. Yatco applies her knowledge of classical mechanics, involving Newton’s Laws, in the field of accident reconstruction. Ms. Yatco analyzes physical evidence left as a result of an accident in order to reconstruct the accident.

From this evidence, she is able to calculate vital quantities involved in accident reconstruction such as the speed of impact, change in velocity, accelerations experienced within a vehicle, and angles of impact for transportation accidents. Her biomechanics background is applied toward the analysis of bodily injuries and how they occurred. Ms. Yatco also creates computer-animated simulations to demonstrate her findings.

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