Adj. Prof George Rechnitzer
PhD, Monash University, 2003
MS Eng., The University of Melbourne, 1979
BA Eng. (Hons), Monash University, 1971
Dr. George Rechnitzer holds the honorary position of Adjunct Associate Professor at the Transport and Road Safety (TARS) Research unit at the University of New South Wales (UNSW). He is also the principal consultant for George Rechnitzer & Associates Pty Ltd, a Forensic and Safety Engineering consultancy.
A/Prof. Rechnitzer has over 40 years of professional engineering experience, academic and research expertise, as well as extensive industry affiliations both nationally and internationally.
A/Prof. Rechnitzer has extensive experience in the application of the engineering sciences to safety in many areas including road safety, crashworthiness of all vehicle types, occupational health and safety, crash and incident investigation and reconstruction, analysis and countermeasure development for injury prevention. A/Prof. Rechnitzer has conducted extensive work in road safety, crashworthiness (cars, trains, trucks and other mobile equipment), occupational health and safety, accident and incident investigation, analysis and countermeasure development for injury prevention.
As a Senior Research Fellow at the Monash University Accident Research Center for some 12 years, Dr. Rechnitzer has carried out major projects for the Australian Defence Force, Vic Roads, Federal Office of Road Safety, Victorian Work Cover Authority and the Victorian Occupational Health and Safety Commission. He has also carried out a number of in-depth incident investigations for the State Coroner; consultancies on vehicle safety related projects for BHP, Australia Post, SECV and the Australian Industrial Relations Commission, amongst others. Dr Rechnitzer provides expert evidence for litigation cases in Australia and the USA, and his work has been published extensively with over 100 publications including contributing chapters in books relating to traffic crashes, crash investigation and reconstruction; and has made presentations at over 70 conferences and seminars, at both national and international forums. From 2002 until April 2011 George was a founding member and Director of Delta-V Experts.
A/Prof Rechnitzer graduated in 1971 from Monash University with a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) (Hons), has a Master Engineering Science degree from Melbourne University (1979), and a PhD from Monash University (2003). He is a Member of the Institution of Engineers Australia, Member of the Society of Automotive Engineers, a Fellow of the Safety Institute of Australia and Chair of the SIA’s National Technical Panel from 2009-2011; a member of the Victorian Transport Associations’ On Road Operators’ Group and also a co-founder of the Australian Forensic Engineering and Safety Group (AFSEG).
A/Prof Rechnitzer has also attended a number of specialist courses relating to Injury Research and Prevention, Crash Analysis and Reconstruction, Biomechanics of Impact Injury. In 2004, he was awarded the 2003 Warren Medal by the Institution of Engineers Australia, as co-author of the papers "Crashworthiness Systems – A Paradigm Shift in Road 25 Safety Design", Parts I and II.
Prior to joining MUARC in 1990, A/Prof Rechnitzer's experience included more than twenty years as a structural design engineer with major consulting engineering groups, working on large engineering projects involving the investigation, analysis, design and construction of a variety of structures and facilities.