James J. Mason, Ph.D., P.E.

James J. Mason, Ph.D., P.E.

West Coast Region

1999 Harrison Street, Suite 1800
Oakland, CA 94612

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Dr. Mason is a Senior Engineer at ARCCA specializing in mechanical failures. He performs analyses of failed consumer and industrial products/equipment and machinery design/failure, as well as metallurgical laboratory analyses. He also conducts engineering evaluations and provides analyses and opinions on the fracture and fatigue of metals, plastics and welds. Dr. Mason has experience with medical devices and routinely conducts investigations of failed consumer medical devices, including fracture/fatigue crack analyses of orthopedic implants, plastics, and the complex interaction of materials with the human body.

Dr. Mason is a Licensed Professional Engineer in five states and is an Accident Investigator accredited in Crash Data Retrieval and Commercial Vehicle Event Data Recorders. He performs motor vehicle accident reconstructions and conducts passenger and commercial vehicle inspections, as well as site investigations to gather photographic evidence and document conditions.

Dr. Mason has a Ph.D. in Solid Mechanics from the California Institute of Technology and both a Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. He has also received a Professional Science Master’s Degree in Biology from the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Ph.D., Solid Mechanics, California Institute of Technology

Master of Science, Materials Science and Engineering, University of California, Berkeley,

Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley

Professional Science Master’s Degree, Biology, Illinois Institute of Technology

Licensed Professional Engineer

Accredited Crash Data Retrieval Technician

Commercial Vehicle Event Data Recorder Technician

Accident Reconstruction

  • Passenger Vehicle, Truck, Bus
  • Black Box Download
  • Vehicle Mechanical Failure
  • Testing


  • Human Factors
  • Low-speed Impact
  • Injury Causation

Human Factors/Failure Analysis

  • Consumer/Industrial Products
  • Equipment/Machinery Design
  • Industrial Equipment
  • Metals, Plastics and Welds
  • Metallurgical Lab Analyses
  • Transportation
  • Workplace