Dr. Button is a Professional Engineer and consultant specializing in biomechanics, vehicle accident reconstruction, workplace accident reconstruction, forensic visualization, and video analysis. He employs a variety of forensic techniques in his investigations. These include computational simulations, camera-matching photogrammetry, deconstruction of video evidence, and physical testing. He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Valparaiso University and a PhD in Engineering Mechanics from Michigan State University.
Dr. Button has published numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and abstracts. His graduate training and research was conducted in the Orthopaedic Biomechanics Laboratories at Michigan State University, which is a joint collaboration with the College of Engineering and the department of Radiology. His research and publications focused on the effect of footwear on the biomechanics and injury tolerance of the lower extremity as well as soft tissue response following traumatic injury. He has presented these scientific findings at biomedical and engineering conferences. More recently, he has performed research on the likelihood of sustaining intervertebral disc injury during a rear-end collision.
Additionally, Dr. Button is an Adjunct Professor at Lawrence Technological University in the Biomedical Engineering Department where he teaches a class on Forensic Biomechanics. He teaches undergraduate students how to apply various engineering principles to the investigation of real-world accidents. Topics include the analysis of photographic/video evidence, evidence handling, injury biomechanics, accident reconstruction, and the analysis of restraint systems.