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Ph.D., UC Berkeley 2000
M.S., UC Berkeley 1998
B.S., U Penn 1995
Registered Professional Mechanical Engineer
Irving S. Scher, Ph.D., P.E.
Principal Biomechanical Engineer
Dr. Irving Scher is a Principal and Biomechanical Engineer at Guidance Engineering and Applied Research. He specializes in biomechanical engineering and accident reconstruction. Dr. Scher evaluates product safety and investigates human injuries in accidents and product failures by using biomechanical engineering techniques that apply the principles of engineering to the human body. He also uses mechanical engineering to analyze mechanical systems used for injury mitigation or those involved in accidents and product failures. He has reconstructed and evaluated injury claims resulting from transportation accidents (including aircraft, bicycle, motor vehicle, and railroad accidents), slips/trip and falls, consumer product failures, industrial equipment accidents, and recreational activities (such as skiing, snowboarding, water skiing, wakeboarding, cycling, and amusement park rides).
Dr. Scher has extensive experience with biomechanical engineering testing design and analysis. For recreational sports and motor vehicle accidents, Dr. Scher has researched human motion, forces, and injury potential using volunteer studies, anthropomorphic test devices, computational models of the human body, and statistical analyses. He has also investigated the effectiveness of personal protective devices, such as snowsport, bicycle, and motorcycle helmets. Dr. Scher has dedicated years of research to skiing and snowboarding safety and has conducted award-winning research in the areas of snowsport safety and human-machine interfacing.
Dr. Scher serves on the Board of Directors for ASTM International and for the Safety Equipment Institute. He is the president and former scientific chair of the International Society for Skiing Safety; a USA delegate on the International Standards Organization committee TC83/SC4 on Snowsports Equipment; the chairman of ASTM F27 on Snow Skiing and Snowboarding; and, the subcommittee chair for ASTM F27.60 for Research and Statistics. He is also an Affiliate Scientist in the Applied Biomechanics Laboratory at the University of Washington. Dr. Scher held the position of Adjunct Associate Professor of Clinical Physical Therapy in the Department of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy at the University of Southern California (2004 to 2009).