John Thomazin, MSME, P.E., DFE

Forensic Engineer

John Thomazin MSME, P.E., DFE

Forensic Engineer

Based in Orlando, Mr. Thomazin is a licensed professional engineer with mechanical and electrical systems experience in the fields of manufacturing, safety engineering, structural and mechanical design, reliability, computer-aided engineering, consulting, and project management. He specializes in vehicle accident reconstruction, farm accidents, structural systems, mechanical systems, product liability, failure analysis, and finite element modeling. As an engineering consultant, he has experience designing and evaluating agricultural buildings, commercial buildings, metal buildings and structures, foundations, agricultural and commercial machinery, HVAC, and plumbing systems. He applies principles of engineering and physics to the forensic evaluation of machinery, crash investigation and reconstruction, and consumer products. Mr. Thomazin's previous experience includes working as a senior forensic engineer and the owner/president of an engineering firm. He worked as an Adjunct Engineering Instructor (Statics, Introduction to Engineering, Calculus II, Basic Engineering Circuit Analysis) at Central Community College in Columbus, NE, and as a design and project engineer before that. John served as a Military Police Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserves.

Since 2008, Mr. Thomazin has been retained by both plaintiff and defense clients and has provided testimony for civil cases in state and federal jurisdictions. He uses his skills and experience gained as an instructor and project manager to explain and simplify technical ideas while also keeping testimony relatable, memorable, and interesting.

Primary Areas of Consulting

  • Vehicle Accident Reconstruction
  • Products Liability
  • Equipment & Machinery
  • Mechanical & Agricultural Engineering
  • Failure Analysis
  • Safety Engineering
  • Manufacturing
  • Mathematics
  • Building Inspections
  • Construction Defects
  • HVAC
  • Plumbing
  • Passenger & Freight Elevators
Licensed Professional Engineer in the States of: 
Florida, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska

College Education

  • Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
    University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1993
  • Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Statistics
    University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1990

Professional Certifications

  • ACTAR, Accredited Traffic Accident Reconstructionist, #3370
  • Certified Crash Data Retrieval System Technician and Data Analyst, Crash Data Group, 2021
  • Certified Documents Technologist, The Construction Specifications Institute
  • Certified in Traffic Accident Reconstruction, Northwestern University Center for Public Safety
  • Certified in Vehicle Dynamics, Northwestern University Center for Public Safety
  • Lean Six Sigma Certificate, Central Community College

Professional Affiliations

  • National Academy of Forensic Engineers, Member
  • National Academy of Building Inspection Engineers, Member
  • National Society of Professional Engineers, Member
  • Society of Automotive Engineers, Member
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Inactive Member
  • American Society of Civil Engineers, Inactive Member
  • American Institute of Steel Construction, Inactive Member
  • American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-conditioning Engineers, Inactive Member
  • Engineers without Borders, Inactive Member

Honors and Awards

  • Director Northeastern Nebraska Chapter of Professional Engineers, 2017 & 2008
  • President Northeastern Nebraska Chapter of Professional Engineers, 2016 & 2007
  • ARMY Achievement Medal

Teaching and Curriculum Development

Central Community College – Columbus, Nebraska

  • STEM Transfer – Courses Taught:  Statics, Introduction to Engineering, Calculus II, Basic Engineering Circuit Analysis

Selected Publications

  • “Design Guide for Flat-Storage Building Systems”, J. Thomazin, Nucor Building Systems, Indiana
  • “Mechanical Systems”, J. Thomazin, Central Community College Workforce Training

Testimony history available upon request.

Orlando, FL * 214-614-6500 * HaagEngineering.com