Mr. Wheeler's primary area of expertise is injury biomechanics in motor vehicle, sport/recreation, and industrial/occupational accidents. The majority of his casework over the past 15 years has involved high-speed automobile collisions resulting in severe and fatal trauma, in particular rollover motor vehicle crashes. During this period Jeff has evaluated the occupant dynamics, injury mechanics, and restraint system use and effectiveness in approximately 400 rollover collisions involving approximately 1,500 occupants. He has personally inspected more than 300 vehicles and over 2,000 seat belts involved in rollover crashes.
Prior to focusing on high-speed collisions, Mr. Wheeler spent approximately 10 years concentrating mostly on low-speed collisions conducting research on neck injury biomechanics. During this period Jeff participated as a researcher in several hundred crash tests including approximately one hundred tests with live human volunteers, and analyzed injury biomechanics in over one thousand low-speed collisions.
Mr. Wheeler has co-authored more than 35 scientific publications and given more than a dozen scientific presentations to professional organizations in the USA, France, Switzerland, Sweden, and New Zealand. Three times Jeff and his colleagues have been finalists for international biomechanics awards. Recognized internationally in the academic and scientific community as a leading expert in forensic biomechanics, Jeff has been invited by the International Society of Biomechanics (ISB) to speak on the topic of "Research and Applied Science in Forensic Biomechanics" in Zurich, Switzerland and to serve as Chairman of the ISB Forensic Biomechanics Session in Dunedin, New Zealand. Mr. Wheeler has also served as a referee for academic and scientific peer-review for the ISB, Accident Analysis and Prevention, and Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). In 2010 Jeff was appointed to the inaugural Board of Editors of the Journal of Forensic Biomechanics and continues to serve on that Editorial Board.
Jeff began working in forensic biomechanics in 1988 founding a research and consulting company that eventually became Vector Scientific, Inc. Over the past 30 years Jeff has been blessed to work with a team of intelligent and talented people whose performance and service has earned Vector Scientific a reputation as one of the nation's leading firms specializing in forensic injury biomechanics and accident reconstruction.
Jeff received his B.S. from The University of Connecticut (UCONN) and his M.S. from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).