Expert Witness Biography

Carrie O’Donel is an expert in Applied Physics, Material Failure, and Biomechanics. She applies her expertise to forensic casework involving biomechanical injury analyses, metrology and photogrammetry investigations, and product liability disputes.

Ms. O’Donel has experience conducting full-scale vehicle crash testing, specializing in traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and neck injuries. Carrie was instrumental in a 2015 pilot study as well as a 2016 follow-up study conducted by Robson Forensic to determine the effect of rear-facing child restraint system design and installation method on the severity of infant head and neck injuries. Carrie applies this research experience to forensic investigations involving occupant kinematics, injury mechanics, and human injury tolerance at various stages of maturation.

Ms. O’Donel has training and experience in 2D and 3D computational modeling, including finite element modeling of both artificial and biological materials. She utilizes computational methods such as video- and photogrammetry, animation, and simulation to incidents involving security and surveillance video, dimensional analysis, product safety and design, and personal injury.

Carrie earned her Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering with dual concentrations in Pediatric Biomechanics as well as Mechanics & Materials from Villanova University. She completed her undergraduate studies at the State University of New York College at Buffalo, where she majored in Physics. Ms. O’Donel holds memberships with the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the American Physical Society (APS), Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS), the National Association of Amusement Ride Safety Officials (NAARSO), ASTM International, and the International Association of Forensic and Security Metrology (IAFSM). Ms. O’Donel has published the findings of her ongoing research on pediatric head and neck injuries in peer-reviewed journals, as well presented at professional meetings and conferences.