Dr. Edward M. Caulfield, Ph.D., P.E., serves as the President and Chief Technical Officer at Caulfield Engineering. Prior to forming Caulfield Engineering in 2011, Dr. Caulfield was President at Packer Engineering, a firm he joined in 1979. Before that, Dr. Caulfield served as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Illinois. While at the University of Illinois, he taught courses in dynamics, vibration, material science and design of machinery. He has broad experience in the area of closed-loop and full-scale mechanical testing employing anthropomorphic dummies to simulate and measure occupant impact response. Dr. Caulfield is a member of Sigma Xi (Scientific Honorary Society) and has published and/or presented over 20 technical papers.
Dr. Caulfield has investigated a wide range of accidents ranging from the Hyatt walkway collapse in Kansas City, to the American DC-10 crash at O'Hare International Airport. He has investigated marine, numerous forklift, automotive, and machinery accidents in the United States and abroad. Dr. Caulfield's practice combines an understanding of both metallurgical principles, mechanical behavior of materials, and mechanical engineering, and applies this combination to design review and evaluation, failure analysis, accident investigation and reconstruction, and testing. His studies of advanced dynamics, fatigue, fracture mechanics, stress analysis and the mechanical behavior of fiber-reinforced composites over wide temperature ranges enable him to consult with a wide range of industrial clients from large off-highway and farm machinery and industrial equipment manufacturers, to automobile makers and material processors.
Dr. Caulfield has presented many seminars on "Fundamentals of Modern Fatigue Analysis" to audiences exhibiting a wide range of design interests. Dr. Caulfield received his Doctorate in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics from the University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana in 1978. and M.S. Theoretical and Applied Mechanics from The University of Illinois and B.S. Mechanical Engineering from The University of Illinois. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Illinois and Florida. He is a Member of American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) , Society for Experimental Mechanics , American Association for Automotive Medicine, Illinois Society of Professional Engineers Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE).