Our Team

Our forensic engineers are experts in accident reconstruction, failure analysis and cause & origin.

Our forensic engineers work directly with our in-house animation department to create state-of-the-art forensic animations for use in court, arbitration, mediation or settlement negotiations.


Richard M. Ziernicki, Ph.D., P.E., DFE

President & CEO, Principal Mechanical Engineer

Dr. Ziernicki has evaluated several thousand industrial and vehicular accidents. He has presented papers and lectured at a…

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Stanley C. Stoll, M.Eng., P.E., DFE, CFEI, CVFI

Director of Structural Engineering

Mr. Stoll runs the Western Colorado office and performs structural, building envelope, and fire investigations. During his…

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Steve D. Knapp, P.E., CFEI, CVFI

Senior Engineer

Mr. Knapp has been working as a forensic engineer since 1999. During this time, the emphasis of his career has been focused…

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William H. Pierce, P.E.

Manager, Mechanical Engineering

Mr. Pierce joined Knott Laboratory, LLC with experience in premise liability, environmental, vehicle accident…

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Cade R. Caldwell, P.E.

Engineering Manager

Mr. Caldwell has investigated cases involving property damaged by fire, flood, moisture intrusion, inadequate drainage, pipe…

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Kyle T. Wieghaus, Ph.D., P.E.

Engineering Manager

At Knott Laboratory, Dr. Wieghaus has investigated cases involving residential and large commercial properties damaged by…

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Tim R. Phelan, M.S., P.E., S.E, M.L.S.E.

Engineering Manager

Mr. Phelan has investigated cases involving property damaged by fire, flood, moisture intrusion, inadequate drainage, pipe…

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Ricky L. Nguyen, M.S., P.E.

Senior Engineer

Ricky Nguyen received his Bachelors of Science in Engineering with a Mechanical Specialty at the Colorado School of Mines in…

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Eric A. Black, B.S., CFEI, CVFI

Mechanical Engineer

Mr. Black has investigated the cause of damage to properties damaged by fire, flood, moisture intrusion, inadequate…

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Peter W. Korff, B.Sc.

Forensic Engineer

Peter W. Korff earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at Iowa State University.

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Sam R. Henning, B.Sc.

Structural Engineer

Sam Henning received his Bachelors of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado in Boulder, CO.…

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Wojciech Wach, Ph.D.

Senior Scientific Consultant

W. Wach conducts and directs investigations of vehicular accidents, which include automobiles, tractortrailers, buses,…

Ben T. Railsback, M.S., P.E.

Mechanical Engineering Consultant

Mr. Railsback began his engineering career at Knott Laboratory after graduation from the Colorado School of Mines in Golden,…

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Cameron R. Stoesser

Mechanical Engineering Intern



Angelos G. Leiloglou, M. Arch.

Regional Manager Texas, Director of Visualization

Mr. Leiloglou is a native of Texas. He grew up in San Antonio and attended Texas A&M University where he earned a Bachelor…

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Kurt Twigg, B.Sc., B.F.A.

Senior Forensic Animator

Kurt Twigg is one of our experts in animation.

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Taylor D. Spiegelberg, B.F.A.

Forensic Animator

Taylor D. Spiegelberg is one of our expert in 3D Modeling, Forensic Animation, Interactive Animations, Photo Matching,…

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Mila Ziernicki, M.S.

Chief Financial Officer

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Jamie D. Ramirez

Director of Administration


Mike Lowe

Director of Business Development

Mike Lowe joins Knott Laboratory as Director of Business Development. Mike comes to Knott Laboratory with a strong…

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Michael Zwarg, B.A.

IT Manager

Mr. Zwarg joined Knott Laboratory in 2006 as IT Manager. He oversees all aspects of technology for the engineering and…

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Kelly Peppard

Executive Assistant, Mechanical Department

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Karen Mellentine

Executive Assistant, Structural Department

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Julie Cox

Front Desk Coordinator

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Wafa Erickson


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