On Thursday, November 15, 2018, Vector Scientific Inc. (VSI) visited the Colorado School of Mines (CSM) in Golden, Colorado for an Information Session. An event co-sponsored by VSI, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and the CMS Career Center. Jeffrey Wheeler, M.S., President - Director of Biomechanics, and Zachariah Weimer, M.S., P.E., Senior Engineer, shared the story of Vector Scientific and the engineering students participating provided a great exchange of questions and answers.
Jeff Wheeler began working in forensic biomechanics in 1988 founding a research and consulting company that eventually became Vector Scientific, Inc. Over the past 30 years VSI’s performance and service has earned Vector Scientific a reputation as one of the nation's leading firms specializing in forensic injury biomechanics and accident reconstruction. Mr. Wheeler has co-authored more than 35 scientific publications and given more than a dozen scientific presentations to professional organizations in the USA, France, Switzerland, Sweden, and New Zealand. Three times Jeff and his colleagues have been finalists for international biomechanics awards. Jeff shared his journey and experience with the Mines students.
Zach Weimer graduated from the Colorado School of Mines with a B.S. in Engineering- Mechanical and a M.S. in Engineering with emphasis in Biomechanical Engineering. He has applied his CSM engineering education to forensic science and the specialty of automobile accident reconstruction. Zach has reconstructed hundreds of motor vehicle crashes from low-speed to high-speed collisions and testified as an expert witness regarding his accident reconstruction analysis and opinions. He presented to the students an example, from start to finish, an actual accident reconstruction case.
After the formal Vector Scientific presentation concluded, CSM students and the VSI team, including Steven Storvik, M.S., and Wade Baker, M.S., participated in a session of questions and answers, discussed career paths and opportunities at VSI, and original research related to injury biomechanics and accident reconstruction. Jeff and Zach summarized VSI was formed to create a forensic science consulting firm to responsibly apply and effectively communicate the science and do business in an ethical manner.