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Erin M. Shipp, P.E., NCEES

Bus - Heavy Truck - Automotive Expert
Vehicle Engineering & Crash Reconstruction

Erin is a Bus and Heavy Truck expert with more than 30 years of engineering experience in product design and development of heavy trucks, motor homes, buses, and passenger cars.

Erin worked at Chrysler for ten years in a variety of engineering roles including Structures Engineer, Lead Engineer, and Customer Satisfaction Team Engineer. As a member of the minivan group, her focus included structures, vehicle impact, resident engineering, and Hybrid system integration.

Prior to joining Chrysler, Erin spent nearly a decade in engineering positions in the bus industry. She has direct experience with many of the largest bus manufacturers, including BlueBird, Thomas, Spartan Chassis and US Bus; during this time Erin was involved in body, chassis, brakes, structure, and interior design.

In addition to her experience designing and engineering buses and passenger cars, Erin also has 14 years in truck design and development, 12 years at Freightliner and 2 years at Marmon. In these positions she was involved in nearly every system of the vehicle including body, cab access, vehicle durability, sleeper design, clutch and shift controls, cooling, chassis, drive train application, battery mounting, restraints, vehicle application, aerodynamics, and steering systems. During this time she also was trained in driving heavy trucks.

Erin is a Mechanical Engineer, a registered Professional Engineer, and holds a patent for Energy Absorbing Front Frame Structures. She enjoys exploring the back country and working on her Jeeps.

Related Articles/Documents
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Robson Expert Diagnosed GM Ignition & Airbag Non-Deployment Before GM
    • Robson Expert Diagnosed GM Ignition & Airbag Non-Deployment Before GM

      The Valukas Report, commissioned by GM to investigate flawed ignition switches that are linked to 13 deaths in crashes where airbags failed to inflate, presents Robson Forensic vehicle engineer, Erin Shipp, P.E. as having found the correct answer to the problem, even before GM engineers.

      his document contains redacted excerpts from the GM commissioned Valukas Report. The redacted report in its entirety can be downloaded from the NHTSA website: (http://www.nhtsa.gov/staticfiles/nvs/pdf/Valukas-report-on-gm-redacted.pdf)

      View Full Article HERE

  • Bus & Car Crash - Expert Report
    • Bus & Car Crash - Expert Report

      In this collision, a car blew the Stop sign and was struck on the right side by a bus as the car crossed the through street. A passenger in the car was seriously injured. Our investigation was conducted to determine if the bus driver’s driving was improper in a manner that was a cause of the collision.

      View Full Case HERE

  • Truck Fires - Expert Analysis of Tractor Trailer Fuel Tanks
    • Truck Fires - Expert Analysis of Tractor Trailer Fuel Tanks

      Truck fuel tanks look and function about the same now as they did 50 years ago. Aside for a modification that eliminated fuel lines from hanging at the lowest part of the vehicle, not much else has been modified. In this article, vehicle engineer, Erin Shipp, P.E. takes a critical look at the design of modern heavy-truck fuel tanks and offers a safer alternative to reduce the liklihood of fuel-fed fires in trucking crashes.

      View Full Article HERE

  • Hybrid Vehicle Safety - Expert Introduction to Hybrid Vehicle Systems
    • Hybrid Vehicle Safety - Expert Introduction to Hybrid Vehicle Systems

      In 2012 434,000 hybrid/electric vehicles including passenger cars, SUVs and pickup trucks were sold in U.S. These vehicles incorporate a variety of configurations to combine a conventional combustion engine with an electric motor paired with a rechargeable battery to deliver enhanced performance, superior fuel economy and ultra low emissions.

      Despite the environmental advantages associated with hybrid vehicles, they may present unique safety concerns not associated with conventional vehicles. Key areas of concern include:

      • Operating Safety
      • Computer Controlled Transmission
      • Batteries
      • Brakes
      • Crashworthiness
      • Post Crash Safety


      View Full Article HERE

  • Heavy Truck Crash Reconstruction - Expert Introduction
    • Heavy Truck Crash Reconstruction - Expert Introduction

      Most automobile crash reconstructions are performed using the Conservation of Inertia (COI) method. This method is acceptable and appropriate for similarly sized vehicles; however, as the difference in mass between the colliding vehicles grows (such as heavy truck-automobile collisions), the COI method becomes increasingly sensitive to uncertainties in impact and departure angles. Using the Conservation of Energy (COE) method may be more reliable in heavy truck-automobile crashes as it does not depend on the angles of impact and departure.

      View Full Article HERE

  • Trailer Collapse - Expert Tests Structure with Cardboard Analog
    • Trailer Collapse - Expert Tests Structure with Cardboard Analog

      Throughout her career in design and development, Vehicle Engineer Erin Shipp, P.E. has used simple cardboard analogs to understand structures and how they fail. When she was retained for a case involving a Semi-Trailer that collapsed under the load of a forklift, she used a cardboard analog to simulate the failure.

      View Full Case HERE

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100 Fillmore Street
Suite 500
Denver, CO 80206
eshipp@robsonforensic.com
303.388.0372 phone
303.374.2444 fax
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