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Our Human Factors and Warnings Group includes professionals with hands-on experience in human vision (contrast, brightness, color, speed, and distance), perception, attention, reaction time, memory, conspicuity, response, and cognition; the effects of aging; the science of man-machine interfaces, including ergonomic design principles; warnings, including ANSI requirements; design functionality, including designing for foreseeable human error; and the effects of fatigue, drugs, and alertness.
Human Factors and Warnings Experts
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Donato J. Borrillo, MD, JD
Medical and Human Factors Expert

Mr. Borillo has more than 15 years experience as a medical doctor and has held a Doctor of Jurisprudence for more than 10 years.  His experience includes aerospace medicine, including human factors, medical certification, sudden incapacitation, time of useful consciousness, aviation accident investigation; occupational medicine, including IMEs, Med Review Officer drug screen questions; hyperbaric medicine, including carbon monoxide exposure and treatment and dive accidents; wound care, including decub wound prevention/healing, chronic wound care, diabetic wound care; and FAA training and evaluations.

Donato received much of his training in the US Air Force, where he was awarded the Julian E. Ward Memorial Award by the USAF Society of Flight Surgeons.  He is an Associate Fellow in the Aerospace Medical Association; a member of the Undersea Hyberbaric Medical Society, the American College of Occupational and Environ Medicine; the Airplane Owners and Pilot Association, the Ohio State Bar, and the Toledo Bar Association.

Richard Hermance, FE, ACE;
Vehicle Crash Reconstruction and Snowmobile Expert
Mr. Hermance has over 30 years experience investigating motor vehicle crashes. Specific expertise includes snowmobile operations and functions, including safety; operator performance evaluations; speed determinations; skid/scrape analysis; deformation/penetration analysis; vehicle and component research and testing; seat belts, including child restraints; pedestrian and bicycle incidents; crash computer simulations; trail design and safety, including signage; human factors, including daytime/nighttime visibility and reaction times; occupant trajectory; motorcycles, ATVs, racing cars, and watercraft; buses, motor homes, and trailers, including campers; dynamic traction analysis; injury and crash biomechanics; Crash Data Recorder (CDC) analysis; acceleration and braking tests; and farm equipment.

Richard's certifications include a certificate as an Accident Reconstruction Expert (ACE) by the National Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstruction (1992); a certificate of Training, Commercial Vehicle Reconstruction: NATARI, NAPARS, NYSTARS (1999); a certificate of Training, Advanced Accident Investigation and Reconstruction, Crash Testing and Speed from Crush: NATARI, NAPARS, MATAI, NJAAR (1996); a certified Snowmobile Safety Instructor, State of New York; and a Board Certified Forensic Examiner (FE), The American Board of Forensic Examiners.

Richard is a member of The International Association of Accident Reconstruction Specialists; The National Association of Traffic Accident Reconstructionists and Investigators; The Research/Testing and Evaluation Committee, National Association of Traffic Accident Reconstructionists and Investigators; The Ethics Committee, National Association of Traffic Accident Reconstructionists and Investigators; The American Board of Forensic Examiners; The National Association of Professional Accident Reconstruction; and the New York Statewide Traffic Accident Reconstruction Society Inc.
Daniel B. Kennedy, PhD, CPP, CSP
Security and Safety Expert
Mr. Kennedy has more than 30 years experience involving security and safety issues including planning, implementation, training, and evaluation.  His expertise includes forseeability; standards of care; pursuits, use of force, and confinements; correctional reform; loss prevention; home and workplace violence; profiling; crowd control; lodging security; and victimization.

Dan's professional memberships include: the
Academy of Behavioral Profiling (Chair of Ethics Committee); the American Society for Industrial Security; the International Society of Crime Prevention Practitioners;  the International Council of Shopping Centers; the American Hotel and Motel Association; the Sociological Practice Association;  the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences; the American Society of Criminology;  the International Association of Chiefs of Police;  the American Correctional Association; the American Jail Association; the Institute for Criminal Justice Ethics; the American Association of Suicidology (Co-Chair, Jail Suicide Task Force); the National Crime Victim Bar Association; and the International CPTED Association.
Thomas J. Lekan, CPP
Product and Premises Security Expert
Mr. Lekan has 25 years experience in security and safety.  His experience includes security systems design and evaluation; crime foreseeability; standards of care; causation issues; executive protection; assault; security guard operations; sexual harassment; negligent deaths; corporate fraud; security vulnerability and countermeasures; due diligence investigations; food and product tampering; product infringement/counterfeiting; security training; security management; economic crime; and police excessive force claims. Expertise includes educational institutions (elementary, high school, and colleges), restaurants, hospitals, lodging facilities, banks, residential communities, commercial and retail establishments, industrial facilities and manufacturing plants.   

Tom is a Certified Protection Professional (CPP) and is a member of the Faculty for the Graduate School of Retail Banking and the Graduate School of Bank Operations at the Bank Administration Institution; a member of the American Society for Industrial Security, serving on the Investigators, Physical Security, and Utility Committees; a Chairman of the Board of Security Commission of the Bank Administration Institution; and a member of the American Hotel and Lodging Security Committee.
Rob Painter, ASE, CFEI, CVFI, CFATE;
Senior Forensic Vehicle Analyst
Mr. Painter has over 20 years of experience in vehicle transponders, ignition locks, steering columns, and anti-theft systems; vehicle fraud; production and testing of keys and locks; air bags; fire and explosion origin and cause; vehicle collision repair; auto and medium/heavy duty trucks; vehicle brakes, steering, suspension, engines, drive train, axles, air conditioning, and electrical/electronic components; and auto dealership management.

Rob is a Board Certified Forensic Examiner; an ASE Certified Auto, Collision, Med/Hvy/Duty Truck Technician; a Certified Airbag Specialist; a Certified Forensic Auto Theft Examiner L-5; a Certified Vehicle Fire Investigator; and a Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator. He is a Member of The International Association of Forensic Auto Theft Examiners; The International Association of Arson Investigators (Multiple chapter membership); The North Central Regional Chapter of International Association of Auto Theft Investigators; The International Automotive Technicians Network; The South Carolina Insurance Fraud Investigators; The National Association of Fire Investigators; and The American College of Forensic Examiners.
Robert S. Sugarman, PhD, PE;
Human Factors/Visual Expert
Mr. Sugarman is an Experimental Psychologist and Registered Professional Quality Engineer with over 40 years experience. His expertise includes human factors; visual perception; human vision (contrast, brightness, color, speed, and distance); conspicuity; attention; reaction time; product and equipment design; medical equipment; instructions and procedures; warnings and labels; individual differences training; cognitive psychology; situational awareness; vehicle accidents; industrial and construction accidents; slip and falls; ergonomics; workplace layout physics; instructional system development (ISD); perceptual processes; physiological processes; drunken driving; decreased alertness; studies of camouflage; machine interfaces; evaluation of commercial products; environmental health and safety; and quality control.

Bob’s Professional Activities and Honors include: Fellow, The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society; The International Ergonomics Association, Technical committee on Slips, Trips and Falls; The American Psychological Association,; The Western New York Chapter of the Human Factors Society; The Assoc. for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation, Human Engineering and Home Healthcare Devices; The ASTM, Voting Member on Committees E34, F15, and F38; Reserve Deputy, Sheriff of Erie County, Scientific Reserve Division; Western NY Science Congress, Board of Directors; SUNY at Buffalo, Research Asst. Prof., Human Factors Coordinator;; Stavatti Aircraft Corporation, Board of Directors, Director of Human Factors Engineering; Aero Club of Buffalo; Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association; and in 2003, Dr. Sugarman was an invited columnist for a three-part series on Human Factors for the Buffalo Law Journal.

Bob has authored over 60 papers and publications, numerous training programs, and 5 patent disclosures (one US patent awarded). He is a contributor to ANSI/AAMI HE48-1993, Human Factors Engineering Guidelines and Preferred Practices for the Design of Medical Devices; ANSI/AAMI HE74:2001, Human Factors Design Process for Medical Devices; ANSI/AAMI HE75:2009, Human Factors Engineering – Design of Medical Devices, and, in progress, Instructions and Training for Home Healthcare Devices.
Kevin R. Theriault, ACTAR, CFC, CDS;
Vehicle Crash Reconstruction Expert
Mr. Theriault has over 25 years experience in law enforcement with special expertise in vehicle crash investigations and reporting. Expertise includes vehicle crashes (auto, truck, tractor-trailer, bus, motorcycle, bicycles, and off-road vehicles); FMSC regulations; vehicle and equipment inspections; documents research; DOT safety compliance; audit reviews; event data retrieval systems; alcohol and drug detection; emergency vehicle operations; air brake systems; ABS/FMVSS regulations; vehicle barrier crash testing; computerized accident reconstruction; biomechanics; railroad crossing incidents; driving fatigue; motor fleet safety principles and practices; fleet training; tractor trailer underride analysis; fleet risk management; police crash investigation procedures; traffic signal analysis; teaching accident investigation; and robotic scene mapping.

Kevin has a Certificate of Full Accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstruction; is a Certified Crash Data Retrieval (CDR) Technician; a Certified Crash Data Retrieval (CDR) Data Analyst; is a Fellow of the American Board of Forensic Examiners; Certified Forensic Consultant; is a Certified Director of Safety, North American Transportation Management Institute; and has a Valid Virginia Operator's License with Motorcycle Endorsement. He is also a Member of The National Association of Professional Reconstruction Specialist, Inc; The Southeast Accident Reconstruction Society; and The Illinois Association of Technical Accident Investigators. Kevin also has taught Accident Investigation to several police, insurance, and medical groups.
C. Dennis Wylie, CPE
Human Factors Expert
Mr. Wylie has more than 30 years experience involving Human Factors and Ergonomics Research.  He is a Member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, the International Ergonomics Association, and is a Board Certified Professional Ergonomist.

Dennis was a Principal Investigator and Manager of a U.S. Department of Transportation Study, completed in 1997, entitled “Driver Fatigue and Alertness Study: Rewriting the Rules.”  Dennis was also the Principal Human Factors Scientist involved in vehicle and license class definitions, rules, and regulations, made part of CFR Title 49, part 383.9.  Dennis wrote, “The Model Driver’s Manual for Commercial Vehicle Driver Licensing,” used by all states for commercial driver licensing, in addition to “Instructor’s Manual, National Commercial Driver License Examiner Training Program.”

Dennis has given over 12 Human Factors/ Ergonomics/ Transportation-related presentations, and has over 60 related publications.