Michael Drzal
Michael Drzal
Senior Multimedia Artist
Visual Communication
  • Philadelphia

Mr. Drzal specializes in visual communication techniques including studio photography, digital imaging, and accident and site investigations using both photography and video. Mr. Drzal documents accident reconstruction and site investigations using photography, video, and high speed video. He is responsible for photographic and video evidence, video post-production, and creation of demonstrative evidence.

Dr. Drzal recreates real world environments, in 3d, to aid engineers in their analysis and depiction of accident events. He utilizes scene measurements, survey and laser scan data, and photogrammetry to create accurate, three-dimensional models that will be accepted into the court room. He animates 3d characters to depict the biomechanical reconstruction of accident events. He has illustrated analysis of the biomechanics of human injury and occupant kinematics, accident reconstruction, and incidents involving heavy equipment operation, trucking, forklift safety, sport, amusement activities, and slip/trip and falls.

Mr. Drzal is a specialist in Autodesk 3D Studio Max, Adobe Creative Cloud, Autodesk Recap, Photomodeler, and Osirix.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • B.S., Digital Media, Drexel University, 2005, with honors
  • Exponent (Failure Analysis Associates) Excellence Awards, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2011

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Phantom v-Series Camera Operator Certification, 2013

Nikon Professional Services Member — NPS, #Z130531717016

Publications

Drzal MJ. Inspection Photography 101. Human Factors Group, November 2016.

Drzal MJ. Seatbelt and Witness Mark Photography. Biomechanics Group, September 2016.

Drzal MJ. Inspection Photography 101. Atlanta Office, January 2016.

Drzal MJ. Photography 101. Exponent Atlanta Office, Atlanta, GA, September 2012.

Drzal MJ. Photography 101. Exponent Biomechanics Practice, Philadelphia, PA, March 2012.

DeRisi T, Drzal MJ. Photography 101. Exponent Thermal Practice, Natick, MA, March 2009.

Drzal MJ. Photography 101. Exponent Mentoring Circle, Natick, MA, September 2008.

Professional Affiliations

Nikon Professional Services Member — NPS, #Z130531717016

ACM SIGGRAPH Member: 2014062

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • B.S., Digital Media, Drexel University, 2005, with honors
  • Exponent (Failure Analysis Associates) Excellence Awards, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2011

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Phantom v-Series Camera Operator Certification, 2013

Nikon Professional Services Member — NPS, #Z130531717016