Mr. Nightenhelser holds a Bachelors’ degree in Physics and Mathematics from Butler University, Indianapolis. His professional experience includes more than 15 years with Wolf Technical Services performing accident reconstruction and visibility analysis, and twelve years with the U.S. Department of Navy and General Dynamics Corporation designing electro-optical guidance systems to control the dynamic flight performance of autonomous missiles. Currently he is head of the Research and Development department and is program manager of Wolf’s R&D contracts with the U.S. military and other customers.
Mr. Nightenhelser’s specific areas of expertise include analysis of automotive collisions, visibility analysis, railroad incidents and grade crossing collisions; incidents involving physics and mechanics of motion; analysis and measurement of scene lighting, brightness contrast and visibility; photographic and video image analysis and measurement; and the performance of the human visual system. His treatment of multiple-vehicle incidents draws on his experience in computer programming and vehicle dynamics simulations.
Mr. Nightenhelser is a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers, the American Institute of Physics, the Optical Society of America, the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America and the National Association of Railroad Safety Consultants and Investigators.