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

Senior Consulting Engineer

Mr. Knapp has been working as a forensic engineer since 1999. During this time, the emphasis of his career has been focused on accident reconstruction, mechanical failure analysis, and the investigation of fire incidents.


B.S Engineering
University of Colorado, Denver, CO,


Registered Professional Engineer in the following states:

Engineering and Design

Accident Reconstruction

As an ACTAR accredited accident reconstructionist, Steve has evaluated hundreds of vehicle accidents for the purpose of determining collision severity, accident causation, and crashworthiness. Given his hands on experience along with knowledge of automobiles and their mechanical systems, he is also able to address systems failures that may have caused or initiated an incident. As a Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI), Steve has evaluated hundreds of fire incidents for the purpose of determining the origin and causation of fires. His certification as a Vehicle Fire Investigator (CVFI) complements his knowledge of automobiles allowing him to address system failures that may have caused a fire. Steve is a knowledgeable plumbing expert having evaluated hundreds of plumbing failures in both residential commercial applications. His training in photogrammetry has proved to be valuable in all his areas of expertise. Steve is a NCEES registered professional engineer licensed in the state of Colorado.

Expert Testimony


Professional Affiliations

Mr. Knapp is a member of the following professional organizations:


Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstruction


American Society of Mechanical Engineers


International Association of Arson Investigators


National Academy of Forensic Engineers


National Association of Fire Investigators


National Association of Professional Accident Reconstruction Specialists


National Society of Professional Engineers


Society of Automotive Engineers

Media Appearances

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