Principal Engineer

David Stobbe, Ph.D.,P.E.

Founder / Principal Engineer

James Whelan, P.E.

Beacon Forensic, P.C., is an engineering firm offering investigations, reporting, research and analysis. We have worked in numerous states and also have international experience. Our main offices are in Richmond, Virginia and Erie, Colorado, and we have consultants in various parts of the country to provide regional serviceability.

We specialize in the following technical disciplines: vehicle accident reconstruction, failure analysis, industrial problem solving and intellectual property. We are experienced in multiple application areas, including transportation, heavy industry, fire protection, food industry, exercise equipment, medical equipment, agricultural equipment, home appliances and office equipment.

Beacon Forensic, P.C. was founded by Principal Engineer James Daly Whelan. Mr. Whelan is a licensed professional engineer and United States patent agent. He is experienced in global industry, insurance investigations and litigation support.  You can find more information about Mr. Whelan on his LinkedIn profile, by clicking the link underneath his photograph. 

​01. Engineering Licenses

  • Colorado

  • Florida

  • Illinois

  • Indiana

  • Iowa

  • ​Kansas

  • Maryland

  • Michigan

  • Minnesota

  • Missouri

  • Nebraska

  • New Mexico

  • New York

  • North Carolina

  • Pennsylvania

  • Tennessee

  • Virginia

  • Wisconsin

  • ​Washington, D.C.

  • Washington

About Beacon Forensic, P.C.

Beacon Forensic, P.C.​

3900 Westerre Parkway, #300

Richmond, VA 23233

​Phone: 804.874.3935




02. Professional Associations

  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

  • ASM International

  • American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM)

  • Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)

  • American National Standards Institute (ANSI)

  • National Association of Professional Accident Reconstruction Specialists (NAPARS)

  • American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)

  • National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

  • National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE)


03. Additional Licenses & Certifications

  • United States Patent and Trademark Office Registration

  • Certified Instructor for Powered Lift Trucks, OSHA

  • Hazardous Waste Operations, OSHA

Forensic Consultant

Douglas Hacker