Matthew A. Burbaum

Senior Consultant / P.E. / San Francisco/San Jose


Mr. Burbaum holds a B.S.M.E. degree in Mechanical Engineering from San Diego State University (SDSU) and an M.S.M.E. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). He is a licensed professional engineer in the state of California. He is certified for crash data retrieval and analysis and is a certified part 107 drone pilot with the FAA.

As a student, Mr. Burbaum has worked on a broad range of engineering projects with a focus on vehicles and biomechanics. During his undergraduate studies, he worked to rebuild the suspension system for the Formula SAE race car. He went on to design, create, and code a system of back sensors to track spinal motion and pain through daily living activities. In graduate school, he worked to repair a vacuum sputtering machine through failure analysis and repair of broken components while working to create near-perfect vacuum conditions.

Throughout his tenure as a forensic engineer, Mr. Burbaum has performed and participated in approximately 30 instrumented human and dummy crash tests, including 3 where he was an occupant. He has attended extensive car crash conferences and presentations to better understand collision severity, occupant kinematics, forces, roadway markings, safety systems, and responses to vehicle collisions. He has investigated product failures, appliances, water heaters, vehicle components (including brakes, engines, fuel injection, tires, and airbags), and HVAC, fire sprinklers, mechanical, and plumbing systems in residences and apartment buildings.

Education and Certifications

• Licensed Professional Engineer: California
• Mechanical Engineering, M.S., University of Nevada, Las Vegas
• Mechanical Engineering, B.S., San Diego State University
• Society of Automotive Engineers Formula – SAE design competition
• Engineering Intern – State of California, Mechanical
• Passed the NCEES Professional Engineering Exam (Mechanical)
• Certified by the Institute for Police Technology and Management for Event Data Recorder Use in Traffic Crash Reconstruction
• Certified by the Institute for Police Technology and Management as a Technician for Crash Data Retrieval
• Certified with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as a Remote Pilot
• Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), #6150435561