Dr. Talbot had over 45 years of experience in accident reconstruction, both vehicular and industrial, and in engineering design, manufacturing processes, and failure analysis. He received a BME from Auburn University in 1952 and an MSME from the California Institute of Technology in 1953. He received a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1964.
Dr. Talbot was a registered engineer in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Tennessee. He served as a member of the Alabama Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors from 1985 – 2005. Duties included Chairman, Vice Chairman and Secretary. Dr. Talbot was also a member of the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying and had served as the Southern Zone Assistant Vice President. He had also served on many committees including the Uniform Exam Qualifications Committee, Law Enforcement Committee, and the Examination Audit Committee.
Dr. Talbot was a Life Member of ASM International, a Life Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and a member of the American Welding Society. He was also a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers, emeritus member of the National Council of Engineering Examiners, National Society of Professional Engineers, Alabama Society of Professional Engineers, and National Association of Professional Accident Reconstructionists.
Dr. Talbot taught in the Mechanical Engineering Departments at Georgia Institute of Technology from 1958 – 1965, Vanderbilt University from 1965 – 1967, and the University of Alabama at Birmingham 1967 – 1989 where he served as Chairman of the Mechanical Engineering Department from 1983 – 1989. He was also a professor in materials engineering and was awarded Professor Emeritus in mechanical engineering in 1990. Since January 1963, Dr. Talbot had consulted with law firms, insurance companies, corporations, and government agencies concerning product liability, patent infringement, and accident reconstruction. He had represented both plaintiff and defendant. He had performed approximately 1000 accident reconstructions for automobiles, tractor trailer/automobile, tractor trailer/tractor trailer accidents, and motorcycle and bicycle accidents. Dr. Talbot had testified by deposition or in trial hundreds of times.
Since 1954, Dr. Talbot had held a Pilot License. He had an airplane single engine land and sea; airplane multiengine land; instrument airplane; commercial pilot license and more than 4,500 hours flying time.
Dr. Talbot was in the United States Air Force Active Reserve from 1956 – 1985 and retired at the rank of Brigadier General. He was awarded the Legion of Merit and Meritorious Service Metals.
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