Angela Meyer
Angela A. Meyer, Ph.D., P.E.
Vice President, Client Services
  • Menlo Park

Dr. Angela Meyer is Vice President of Client Services at Exponent. She assists clients by understanding, and troubleshooting, their technical challenges and connecting them with appropriate Exponent consultants in a cost-effective and timely manner. Dr. Meyer is committed to client service and overall client satisfaction utilizing her engineering background and consulting experience.  She leads the business development, marketing and communications functions for Exponent, working with senior management, practice groups and individual consultants to increase the effectiveness of Exponent's service and business development efforts as well as raise the profiles of the firm and its consulting staff. 

Engineering Expertise

Dr. Meyer is a licensed professional mechanical engineer (CA). Her technical expertise includes failure analysis and design assessment of mechanical systems subject to static and dynamic loads. Her consulting expertise has included vehicle and aircraft accident reconstruction. More specifically, she has addressed issues related to the damage tolerance and durability of engineering materials. This includes fracture mechanics and fatigue design analysis of mechanical components.

Dr. Meyer has provided consultation with regard to demonstrative evidence and presentation preparation and development. She played a key role in two major American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Mock Trials “US v Lee Harvey Oswald” and “Litigating the Titanic".

Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Meyer was a President’s Fellow at the Center for Advanced Materials, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratories, University of California at Berkeley, where she performed research in the area of damage tolerance and fatigue of ceramic materials. She was a visiting senior fracture mechanics engineer at the Canadian Department of National Defence (Ottawa) where she managed and conducted investigations related to failure analysis of aircraft structures. She also worked under contract to General Dynamics, Atlantic Richfield, and Sun Exploration and Production Company.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Southern Methodist University, 1987
  • M.S.M.E., Mechanical Engineering, Southern Methodist University, 1985
  • B.S.M.E., Mechanical Engineering, Southern Methodist University, 1983, magna cum laude
  • Certificate, Kellogg School of Management; Executive Management Program, Northwestern University, 1996
  • President’s Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship, University of California, Berkeley

    Awarded Fulbright Fellowship, Cambridge University

    Tau Beta Pi; Pi Tau Sigma

    SMU School of Engineering & Applied Science (SEAS) Scholar

    SMU "M" Award (1986)

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Licensed Professional Mechanical Engineer, California, #M27577

Publications

Steffen Meyer AA, MacMillan JB. High tech demonstrative evidence. Proceedings, Georgia Association of Defense Counsel, 2007.

Steffen Meyer AA, MacMillan JB. Courtroom visualization techniques for damages cases. Proceedings, Defense Research Institute Damages Seminar, 2006.

Moore CD, Kadlec R, Westmann R, Steffen Meyer AA. Changing paradigms in aviation accidents. Proceedings, The SMU Air Law Symposium, 1997.

Steffen AA, Dauskardt RH, Ritchie RO. Small-crack behavior and safety-critical design criteria for cyclic fatigue in Mg-PSZ. American Society for Testing and Materials Special Technical Publication on Cyclic Deformation, Fracture, and Non-Destructive Evaluation of Advanced Materials (ASTM STP 1157), pp. 69–81, 1992.

Steffen AA, Dauskardt RH, Ritchie RO. Cyclic fatigue life and crack-growth behavior of microstructurally-small cracks in Mg-PSZ ceramics. Journal of American Ceramics Society 1991; 74(6):1259–1268.

Steffen AA, Packman PF, Dawes MG. The effect of pre-cracking variables, R and Kfmax on fracture toughness. Advances in Fracture Research 1989; 2.


Steffen AA. On the effect of R-Ratio and Kfmax on fracture toughness measurement, fatigue crack propagation and fatigue crack closure. Ph.D. Dissertation, Southern Methodist University, 1987.

Steffen AA. An experimental study of rotation factors in an elastic material. Master’s Degree Thesis, Southern Methodist University, 1985.

Selected Presentations, Published Abstracts and Interviews

Steffen Meyer AA. "Top 10 Weather Disasters", The Weather Channel, August 28, 2016

Steffen Meyer AA. Rainmakers, Born or Bred? Presented at Women Legal 2016, Chicago, IL, May 19, 2016

Steffen Meyer AA. 9 Tips for Improving the Working Relationship Between the Attorney and Expert Witness, American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Product Liability Practice Points, April 18, 2016

Steffen Meyer AA. Experts and the Media. Texas Association of Defense Counsel, Jackson,WY, July 10, 2015.

Steffen Meyer AA. U.S. v. Oswald – The Kennedy assassination – 50 years later. Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel, New Orleans, LA, August 2013.

Steffen Meyer AA. Using demonstrative evidence. Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys (OACTA) 2013 Women in the Law Seminar, Columbus, OH, February 21, 2013.

Steffen Meyer AA. U.S v Oswald - Effective use of experts a half-century later. Presented at the Texas Association of Defense Counsel Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, September 27, 2012.

Steffen Meyer AA. The good, the bad and the ugly: Clients, experts and the media. Presented at the Texas Association of Defense Counsel Summer Meeting, Jackson WY, July 15, 2011.

Steffen Meyer AA. Design from failure: How disasters have improved safety. Keynote speaker, Society of Women Engineers Region J Conference, Corvallis, OR, April 9, 2011.

Steffen Meyer AA. One particular harbor: Litigating the Titanic. Presented at the Texas Association of Defense Counsel Spring Meeting, San Diego, CA, April 29, 2010.

Steffen Meyer AA. "Anderson Cooper 360 Degrees", CNN, February 24, 2010

Steffen Meyer AA. Safety through failure: How accidents and failures have improved design. Plenary Speaker, 14th Annual International Conference on Industrial Engineering Theory, Applications and Practice, Anaheim, CA, October 18, 2009.

Steffen Meyer AA. High tech demonstrative evidence. Presented at the Georgia Association of Defense Counsel, Amelia Island, FL, June 9, 2007.

Steffen Meyer AA. Iceberg ahead! Litigating the Titanic disaster—The expert's perspective. Presented at the Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys Summer Conference, Mason, OH, June 15, 2007.

Steffen Meyer AA. Bang for the buck: Demonstrative evidence that works and won’t break your budget. Presented at the American Bar Association Aviation Litigation CLE Seminar, New York, NY, June 1, 2007.

Steffen Meyer AA. Courtroom visualization techniques for damages cases. Presented at the Defense Research Institute Damages Seminar, Las Vegas, NV, March 16, 2006.

Steffen Meyer AA. Advances in demonstrative evidence technology. Presented at the Becoming a Preeminent Lawyer, DRI 2005 Conference, Chicago, IL, September 29, 2005.

Steffen Meyer AA. High tech demonstrative evidence. Presented at the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, Sun Valley, ID, July 25, 2002.

Steffen Meyer AA. A practice guide to the use of demonstrative exhibits at trial. Presented at the Defense Research Institute Advocacy Skills Series—The Art of Persuasion, Santa Monica, CA, June 20, 2002.

Steffen Meyer AA. Using high-tech tools in litigation. Presented at the Illinois Association of Defense Counsel, Chicago, IL, March 2, 2002.

Steffen Meyer AA. The use of visualization techniques in the courtroom. Presented at the LORMAN Legal Seminar, Seattle, WA, September 25, 2001.

Steffen Meyer AA. Use of technology in litigation. Presented at the Portland Sediment Seminar, CLE Presentation, Portland, OR, November 1999.

Steffen Meyer AA. Use of visualization techniques in litigation. Presented at the National Law Association Meeting, Breckenridge, CO, August 6, 1999.

Steffen Meyer AA. High tech demonstrative evidence in the courtroom. Presented at the Commercial Law Association / American Corporate Counsel Association Meeting, Beverly Hills, CA, July 23, 1999.

Steffen Meyer AA. Use of high technology in the courtroom: Science and technology in the courtroom and boardroom. Presented to the Techlaw Group, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA, April 17, 1998.

Steffen Meyer AA. Expert witness preparation and high tech demonstrative evidence. Presented to the California Judges Conference, Irvine, CA, January 24, 1998.

Steffen Meyer AA. Demonstrative evidence—High technology and admissibility issues. Presented at the American Bar Association Litigation Section Mid-Year Meeting – Aviation Division, Washington, DC, April 18, 1997.

Steffen Meyer AA. Changing paradigms in aviation accidents. Presented at the SMU Air Law Symposium, Dallas, TX, February 27–28, 1997.

Steffen AA. Using failure to predict system safety. Presented at the 14th International Systems Safety Conference, Albuquerque, NM, August 9, 1986.


Prior Experience

President’s Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Center for Advanced Materials, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratories, University of California, 1989

Visiting Senior Fracture Mechanics Specialist, Quality Engineering Test Establishment, Department of National Defence, Ottawa, Canada, 1988

Lecturer, Southern Methodist University, 1985–1987

Engineer, Orbit Technologies, 1985-1986

Intern, Atlantic Richfield (ARCO), 1985

Intern, General Dynamics Corporation,  1983

Intern, Sun Exploration & Production Company, 1981, 1982

Professional Affiliations

American Society of Mechanical Engineering (member)

American Bar Association (associate member)

Watermark for Women (member)

Legal Marketing Association (member)

Legal Sales & Service Organization (member)

News & Events

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Southern Methodist University, 1987
  • M.S.M.E., Mechanical Engineering, Southern Methodist University, 1985
  • B.S.M.E., Mechanical Engineering, Southern Methodist University, 1983, magna cum laude
  • Certificate, Kellogg School of Management; Executive Management Program, Northwestern University, 1996
  • President’s Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship, University of California, Berkeley

    Awarded Fulbright Fellowship, Cambridge University

    Tau Beta Pi; Pi Tau Sigma

    SMU School of Engineering & Applied Science (SEAS) Scholar

    SMU "M" Award (1986)

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Licensed Professional Mechanical Engineer, California, #M27577