Eric McDowell, P.E., PMP

Project Engineer
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A member of the Impact Analysis, Inc. team since 2021, Eric McDowell’s specialties include motor vehicle accident investigation and reconstruction. His accident reconstruction experience spans incidents involving passenger and commercial vehicles, buses, motorcycles, bicycles, and pedestrians. He is highly skilled in reconstructing high- and low-speed, front, rear, and side impact collisions. In addition to accident reconstruction, he is proficient in the analysis and design of mechanical tools using Finite Element Analysis (ANSYS) and computer-aided design software (Solidworks, Creo 3.0) for a variety of applications, including oil and gas products and services. He is also

experienced in software coding and analysis (MATLAB).
 

Eric comes to Impact Analysis, Inc. after three years at Exponent as a Senior Engineer in the Vehicle Engineering division. Prior to working at Exponent, he worked as a lead mechanical engineer for two oil and gas services companies involved in product development and sustaining engineering projects such as the evaluation/upgrade/re-design/etc. of existing wireline tools, the design of the power supply section for a new wireline tool, and the upgrade of the field of view of a wellbore X-ray tool.
 

His academic background includes a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Science and Mechanics and a Master of Science in Engineering Mechanics, both from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), where he earned multiple academic awards. His undergraduate senior design work involved the development of a piezoelectric energy harvesting device to operate in remote locations under low flow rates.

Academic Credentials and Professional Honors

M.S., Engineering Mechanics,Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 2014

B.S., Engineering Science and Mechanics,
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 2013

2015 Baker Hughes Inc., Spotlight Award, in recognition of significant contribution to development of upgraded service earning BHI substantial revenue in North Sea Region

 

2013 Engineering Science and Mechanics, Dan H. Pletta Award

 

2013 Virginia Tech Accelerated Undergraduate/Graduate Degree Program (UG/G) for highly qualified VT undergraduate engineering students

Licenses and Certifications

Licensed Professional Engineer, Delaware, #24416
 

Bosch CDR Tool Technician Training by IPTM, 2019
 

Certified Crash Data Retrieval (CDR) Analyst, 2019
 

Project Management Professional, Project Management Institute SAE Professional Development Program, Accessing and Interpreting Heavy Vehicle Event Data Recorders, August 2018
 

Northwestern University Center for Public Safety, Traffic Crash Reconstruction, July 2018

Prior Experience

Senior Engineer, Exponent, 2018-2021

Mechanical Engineer, Visuray LLC, 2017-2018

 

Research Development Design Mechanical Engineer III, Baker Hughes Inc., 2014-2017

 

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Engineering Science & Mechanics/Materials Science & Engineering (ESM/MSE) Engineering Communications Program at Virginia Tech, 2013-2014