Christopher D. Roche,

Christopher D. Roche

Automotive Engineer & Crash Expert

Christopher Roche is an automotive engineer with nearly thirty years of professional experience working for major vehicle manufacturers, specializing in the design of vehicle structures to protect occupants in collisions and ensure the structural integrity over the life of the vehicle. Chris applies his expertise to forensic investigations involving vehicle crashworthiness and structural performance of passenger vehicles, light trucks, commercial vehicles, and buses.

Beginning with Land Rover and then working on programs for BMW, Jeep (DiamlerChrysler), and Hyundai-Kia, among others, the majority of Chris’ career has been spent on body engineering. He has worked in both the design / release side of vehicle engineering and the simulation engineering side, a unique combination of skillsets for an automotive engineer. His automotive career has involved work on vehicles throughout the early concept phase, detailed design and release, validation testing, and into mass production, including roles managing engineering teams.

Chris has held roles from Body Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) Engineer to Body Structure Manager to Director of Body Engineering in the U.S., U.K., Europe, and Asia. He is well positioned to address crashworthiness in a range of internal combustion (ICE) and electric (BEV) vehicle types and weight classes, including the applicable regulations and standards that apply to vehicle structures and crashworthiness.

Chris earned his Bachelor of Engineering, Mechanical from the University of Manchester in England, graduating first in his class. He holds a US Patent (with others pending) for the enhancement of structural performance in the crash of a passenger vehicle, specifically in the IIHS small overlap rigid barrier test mode. Chris is a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and has been involved with the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (iMeche), and the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA). He has held various licenses for competition racing since the mid-1990s and is an avid car enthusiast.