CV in Brief




Alan D. Black, PE, CSP

Principal Engineer:
    • Certified Safety Professional, 2008
    • Registered Professional Engineer, 2007
    • MS, Operations Research, Stanford, 1984
    • BS, Mechanical Engineering, SJSU, 1980
    • Certificate, Electronics, USAF, 1974

Areas of Specialization:
    • Theme Park Accidents
    • Hazard Assessment
    • Risk Mitigation
    • Safety Analysis
    • Weather and Visibility
    • Training and Documentation

Recent Cases:
    • Airport Ground Support Equipment Crash
    • Ride restraint failure
    • Fish processing vessel injury
    • Special needs juvenile supervision
    • Inversion product defect analysis
    • Trampoline court injury
    • Industrial production machine injury
    • Aircraft crash

    • Nighttime Visibility
    • Computer simulation of lighting environments


Mr. Black performs forensic engineering of accidents and assessments of existing conditions to evaluate product deficiencies, process problems and human error.

Analyses can range from the straightforward such as safety analysis, hazard mitigation, and human factors assessment to the more complex tools of fault tree analyses (FTA), event tree analyses (ETA) or failure modes and effects analyses (FMEA). Results are presented verbally, in a report, as a powerpoint presentation or as court room testimony as directed by the client.

Mr. Black has spent the last 17 years working as a Principal Engineer and Director for both Walt Disney Imagineering and Universal Creative dealing with the advanced design of ride, show and stunt equipment for theme parks and resorts worldwide.

Prior to his engagement in entertainment, Alan worked with Kaiser Aerospace developing information displays for the high stress environment of fighter aircraft cockpits.

Alan is also a commercial pilot and certified flight instructor and regularly flys charitable medical missions with LIGA International-The Flying Doctors of Mercy.

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