Richard R. Ruth, P.E. (Rick) received his BS in Electrical Engineering from Michigan Technological University and an MBA from the University of Michigan. He is a registered professional engineer, and has completed the Northwestern University Traffic Accident Reconstruction for Engineers training and Human Factors training relating to automobile crashes.
Rick worked 33 years for Ford Motor Company, and during his last 10 years managed the engineers who did field investigations of safety system performance in real world crashes. He handled law enforcement requests for EDR readout assistance, was a member of Ford’s EDR policy committee, was Ford’s representative to the SAE EDR standards committee, and helped shape Ford and Auto Alliance responses to NHTSA on Part 563 EDR legislation.
For the last 7 years, Rick has been a consultant to law enforcement and attorneys, specializing in the use of Event Data Recorders (EDR’s) in Traffic Accident Reconstruction. He is an adjunct instructor in EDR for IPTM, is IPTM’s EDR working group co-ordinator, also teaches EDR for the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and presents EDR updates at national and regional accident reconstruction conferences. He conducts testing on EDR accuracy and assists prosecutors in Frye and Daubert hearings to get EDR data admitted in court. He has done beta testing for new releases of the Bosch Crash Data Retrieval system. Mr. Ruth contributes to the SAE Event Data Recorder Committee, and has contributed to ISO’s EDR related Working Group 7, and has been a consultant to Virginia Tech during their assessment of the current state of EDR’s in the industry for NHTSA. He has authored or co-authored 14 publications on EDR’s.