Keith A. Santeler, P.E.

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Keith Santeler received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Science in Engineering from Purdue University, as well as a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. In addition to these degrees he has also completed a Graduate Certificate in Materials Failure Analysis from the University of Illinois. Keith Santeler has worked in the field of engineering for over 20 years in increasing roles of responsibility in both engineering management and as a subject matter expert in mechanical engineering. Mr. Santeler is a licensed Professional Engineer in Illinois and Michigan.

Under the mentorship of David Sallmann, Mr. Santeler learned the practice of accident reconstruction. He has been trained to inspect accident scenes, as well as passenger and heavy vehicles for defects and accident causation. Mr. Santeler is experienced in imaging (downloading) and analysis of Event Data Recorders, Electronic Control Modules, and vehicle brake systems. Mr. Santeler has been trained to utilize computer models for vehicle dynamics simulations and accident reconstructions. In addition to vehicle accidents, Mr. Santeler has investigated cases involving product defects and created failure analysis models to determine causation and as the basis of opinions. To support accident reconstructions, Mr. Santeler has conducted testing of industrial and consumer products and equipment involved in accidents which resulted in bodily harm. Mr. Santeler has provided assessments and reports regarding accident causation, product failure, and defect analysis.

Prior to joining Rudny & Sallmann, Mr. Santeler was a Chief Engineer with an industrial corporation overseeing design, testing, and research & development projects. As a Chief Engineer Mr. Santeler has performed failure analysis and led teams of engineers to investigate production and field failures of commercial and military aerospace components. In these investigations he has utilized his experience in finite element analysis (FEA) methods and statistical approaches to investigate component and system failures. In addition to failure analysis, Mr. Santeler has extensive experience in product and process design and developing design concepts from creation into production.

Mr. Santeler is also experienced in investment casting component and tool design, as well as failure analysis of cast components relating to the casting process and operational failures. He is a certified Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) Black Belt, which uses statistical methods for designing components and investigating failures and has taught workshops in structured problem solving. He is the inventor or co-inventor on sixteen (16) patents and one (1) patent application. Keith Santeler has received the George Mead Award for Engineering Achievement from United Technologies Corporation. He is a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), the Illinois Society of Professional Engineers (ISPE), and the Illinois Association of Technical Accident Investigators (IATAI).

Mr. Santeler is certified in Accident Reconstruction by the Society of Automotive Engineers including training in: Accident Reconstruction Methodology, Vehicle Dynamics, Commercial Vehicle Brake Systems, Automotive Brake Control Systems, and Photogrammetry. He has completed training courses from the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety (NUCPS) and the Collision Safety Institute (CSI) in automotive Event Data Recorder imaging (downloading) and data analysis. Mr. Santeler has also completed SAE training courses for both Automotive and Heavy Vehicle Event Data Recorder imaging, analysis, and application to Accident Reconstruction. His curriculum vitae is available on request.

David W. Sallmann

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David Sallmann received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology and his Master of Business Administration from Loyola University. He has worked in the field of automotive and forensic engineering for over 49 years. For more than 30 years David Sallmann has served Rudny & Sallmann. During that time he has consulted and provided expert testimony regarding accident reconstruction and vehicle designs. He has performed numerous tests on vehicles and vehicle components. He has also performed staged collisions on automobiles, light trucks, and motorcycles.

Prior to founding Rudny & Sallmann Engineering, he designed, tested and developed construction, mining, and agricultural vehicles for several major manufacturers. In addition to a list of vehicle designs, David Sallmann developed heavy-duty brakes, transmissions, and axles. He also developed standard test procedures and wrote service manuals for off-highway vehicles.

David Sallmann is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the American Society of Safety Engineers and the Society of Automotive Engineers. He has served as a member of several SAE committees including the Accident Investigation / Reconstruction Practices Committee, the Accident Reconstruction Publications Review Committee and the Heavy Truck Reconstruction Forum. He has also served as a member of the SAE Drivelines and Transmissions Organizing Committee and the Trailer Sway Stability Subcommittee. David Sallmann has also published peer reviewed articles regarding accident reconstruction.

In addition to his experience with land vehicles, David Sallmann has extensive experience with watercraft. He has taught classes in boating safety and has testified regarding watercraft accidents. His curriculum vitae is available on request.
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