Ian M. Zeller

Senior Consultant / Ph.D., ACTAR / Orlando / Jacksonville


Dr. Zeller holds a B.S in Materials Science and Engineering as well as a M.S. and Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering, with special emphasis on biomechanics. His Master’s and doctorate coursework focused on computational orthopedic biomechanics with a specific emphasis in dynamics, vibrations, joint contact mechanics, and muscle control during static and dynamic loading applications. He is also a Certified Vehicle Accident Reconstructionist (ACTAR #3713) and a Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI #47727-1222).

Dr. Zeller’s prior experience in academia includes clinical and computational analysis of the human body with respect to the design and implantation of orthopedic devices for the knee, hip, and spine. He has published in peer-reviewed journals and presented research at both technical and surgical conferences in North America, Europe and Asia.

Dr. Zeller has an extensive background in biomechanics including the development, validation, and application of mechanical models of the human body using statistical modeling and prediction techniques coupled with motions captured from live human subjects. These models are parameterized for anatomy and physiology and are capable of simulating and predicting joint mechanics for healthy, diseased, and surgically-repaired knees in living subjects of varying demographic groups, facilitating improved targeting of interventional strategies and techniques. Dr. Zeller also worked with surgeons across the United States in the design and assessment of knee replacement devices, including personalized and prototype devices to optimize for efficacy and safety.

Dr. Zeller currently performs biomechanical analyses on cases involving vehicle accidents, falling objects, falls due to slipping/tripping, and evaluation from other causes of injury. His primary areas of expertise include accident reconstruction, injury potential and consistency, vehicle crash data retrieval (“black box” data retrieval), collision avoidance, seat belt determination, vehicle damage constancy, and speed analysis.

Education and Certifications

  • Biomedical Engineering (Biomechanics), Ph.D.: University of Tennessee
  • Biomedical Engineering, M.S.: University of Tennessee
  • Materials Science and Engineering, B.S.: Clemson University
  • Certified Vehicle Accident Reconstructionist: The Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstruction (ACTAR #3713)
  • Certified Playground Safety Inspector: National Recreation and Park Association (CPSI #47727-1222)